Brown Institute for Media Innovation

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Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Other name
The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Type Joint research program
Established 2012 (2012)
Parent institution
Stanford University School of Engineering
Director Bernd Girod and Mark Hansen
Language English

The Brown Institute for Media Innovation is a joint research program between the Stanford University School of Engineering and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It funds research through awarding annual "Magic Grants" to projects which develop applications that create technologies which foster journalistic pursuit, and through direct support to several Brown Fellows at both institutions.[1] The official name of the program is The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, although it is commonly referred to as the Brown Institute.

The institute was created in 2012 following a $30 million endowment made to Stanford University and Columbia Universities[2] by Helen Gurley Brown. Gurley Brown, an author, publisher, and businesswoman, who served as editor-in-chief of Cosmpolitan magazine for over three decades, partially endowed the institute in memory of her husband, David Brown, who produced the films Jaws, The Sting, and The Verdict, among others, and attended both Stanford and Columbia. Speaking of the institute's purpose, Gurley Brown stated, "David and I have long supported and encouraged bright young people to follow their passions and to create original content. Great content needs useable technology. Sharing a language is where the magic happens. It's time for two great American institutions on the East and West Coasts to build a bridge.”[3] The Brown Institute's directors are Bernd Girod and Mark Hansen. The advisory board consists of Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Hearst Corporation; Eve Burton, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Hearst Corporation; William Campbell, Chairman of the Board, Intuit, Inc.; Mary Meeker, General Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.[4]

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  1. ^ "The Brown Institute for Media Innovation". 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ Stoeffel, Kat. "Helen Gurley Brown Donates $30 M. to Columbia and Stanford for Bicoastal Media-Tech Institute | The New York Observer". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Helen Gurley Brown Gives $30 Million for Media Innovation at Columbia and Stanford". January 30, 2012. New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Spielberg to serve on Media Innovation Institute Board". Stanford Daily. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2013-09-29.