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Columbia J-School ‘Magic Grant’ Recipients Highlight Journalism as Storytelling

It’s always awe-inspiring to read about the Stanford and Columbia Journalism School projects gifted with grants from The Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

On the Stanford side, one of the four ventures chosen is Gistraker, a Web application that looks at possible media bias by generating visual summaries of how different outlets are covering the same story. Meanwhile, at Columbia, where four projects were also selected, a student in the documentary film program is going use the money to expand his look at how the drag renaissance in Bushwick, Brooklyn is making clever use of social media. From the Brown Institute announcement:

“This year, we gave special priority to projects that led with a story,” said Mark Hansen, director of the Brown Institute at Columbia and professor in the Graduate School of Journalism. “Often journalists and storytellers take a back seat when it comes to technology. This year, we looked for stories that didn’t fit comfortably in existing publication frameworks, but instead required new kinds of tools.”

The grant amounts vary but are substantial. For example, in the case of Columbia, two teams are getting $150,000 while the other pair will receive $100,000. Congrats to all of these talented 2013 Magic Grant students. Full info here.

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