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Innovative media organizations recognized

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation has awarded its 2017-18 “Magic Grants” to 11 teams of innovators. A collaboration between the Columbia Journalism School and Stanford University’s School of Engineering, the Brown Institute was founded in 2012 and this year is looking to fund teams whose technological developments could transform the media landscape.

Brown Institute showcase features tour guide drones, defense contract database

From drones acting as tour guides to mass-analyzed cookie recipes, the projects on display at the Brown Institute’s first ever media innovation showcase were anything but conventional. Funded by Brown’s year-long Magic Grants, interdisciplinary teams from Stanford and Columbia pioneered new techniques for every step of the storytelling process — from research tools for journalists to new ways of telling a story.