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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Hansen’

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.”

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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.

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