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UCLA Prof Appointed Co-Head of Columbia Journalism School New Media Institute

Major congratulations are due to Mark Hansen (pictured), a statistics professor at UCLA. He just landed one of plummest assignments in U.S. journalism academia.

Hansen has relocated to New York to oversee the east coast half of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a new joint venture between Columbia’s Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering. From a report in school newspaper the Columbia Spectator:

As director, Hansen will conduct research, award fellowships and grants, and teach journalism courses that integrate data, algorithms, and computation.

“It is both humbling and thrilling to be invited here, to this historic institution, at a time when the practice of journalism is experiencing a radical reinvention,” Hansen said in the statement.

The institute is the result of a $30 million endowment made in January by Gurley Brown, who passed away last month. Her late husband earned degrees from both Columbia and Stanford.

[Photo courtesy UCLA]

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