2020-21 Magic Grant Profile: Leitmotif

Our 2020-21 Magic Grant Leitmotif: Location-Driven Audio Storytelling uses geolocation to deliver dynamic audio storytelling and connect users to stories of people, places, and things they walk by. The team is creating software to enable the generation of location-specific audio stories and a paired smartphone application to allow users to consume audio content. Through this

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2020-21 Magic Grant Profile: Improving Remote Learning via Hierarchical Decomposition of Instructional Videos

Improving Remote Learning via Hierarchical Decomposition of Instructional Videos – one of our 2020-21 Magic Grants – aims to facilitate the creation of instructional videos with logical navigation. To do this, the team is using algorithms that automatically learn shared action steps from videos across different tasks. With this knowledge, the team is finding a

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2020-21 Magic Grant Profile: Local Live(s)

Our 2020-21 Magic Grant Local Live(s) organizes and hosts live events – virtually for now – with journalists telling the stories behind their reporting. Through these events, the bi-coastal team seeks to create a dialogue between reporters in local news organizations and the communities they serve. Ultimately, the Local Live(s) project wants to establish a

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2019-20 Magic Grant Profile: Stories as Programs

Among the projects funded as 2019-20 Magic Grants is a novel technology for teaching “computational thinking.” With their grant, Griffin Dietz and Elizabeth Murnane, computer scientists based in Stanford, are producing A Voice Based Interface for Storytelling and Programming in Early Elementary Years  — a voice assistant-style application that teaches elementary school students the basics

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. In 2008, Noya Kohavi found herself employed as a reporter for the Israeli fashion magazine Signon. She got the job “by accident,” after signing on to write profiles for them. “It was really fun, but I didn’t know anything about fashion,” she says. When Kohavi was assigned a story — Spring trends

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A 2018-19 Magic Grant Profile

By Alex Calderwood. Sarah Stillman, director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School, and staff writer at The New Yorker, says the project When Deportation is a Death Sentence, a 2018-19 Magic Grant, originally grew out of curiosity about the fallout from Obama-era deportations; as the number of Central American asylum-seekers at the

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