Posts tagged with ‘Stanford’

Columbia, Stanford get $30 Million to Create Joint Journalism & Technology Institute →

Via Mashable:

Big news on the innovation front: Columbia Journalism School and Stanford’s School of Engineering are teaming up to create an Institute for Media Innovation. The Institute hopes to bridge the gap between journalism and technology and encourage collaboration between the two disciplines.

The institute, officially called the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, is made possible by a $30 million gift from former Cosmopolitan magazine editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown in honor of her late husband. The gift will go towards funding two director roles — one in each university — as well as a physical space attached to Columbia Graduate School of Journalism complete with a high-tech newsroom. The money will also help support post-graduate fellowships and “Magic Grants” to further stimulate innovation. It is the single largest donation in the Journalism School’s history.

Social Media? That’s So 17th Century

Via Open Culture:

Before there was Twitter, Facebook and Google+, Europeans living in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had to deal with their own version of information overload. Emerging postal systems, the proliferation of short letters called billets, and the birth of newspapers and pamphlets all pumped unprecedented amounts of information — valuable information, gossip, chatter and the rest — through newly-emerging social networks, which eventually played a critical role in the French Revolution, much like Twitter and Facebook proved instrumental in organizing the Arab Spring.

Newspaper Growth: Same as it Ever Was →

Stanford University used data from the Library of Congress to catalog the number of papers that have existed in the United States since the 1690s. Surprisingly, we have about the same number of papers now as in the 1890s - over 13,000.

The difference, of course, is that our population is now a couple hundred million people larger.

What do the prosperity of these newspapers say about journalism as a whole? Does it reach a certain threshold and taper or, is there room in the future for growth beyond 13,000?

H/T: Poynter