Grimes takes on new role at Brown Institute, moderates panel today on data-driven journalism

December 3rd, 2013
On Election Day 2012, Undergraduate Sam Fisher, left, visiting lecturer R.B. Brenner and Ann Grimes, then director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, discussed the data visualization that Fisher prepared for a story on Silicon Valley money in the election.

On Election Day 2012, Undergraduate Sam Fisher, left, visiting lecturer R.B. Brenner and Ann Grimes, then director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, discussed the data visualization that Fisher prepared for a story on Silicon Valley money in the election. (Photo by Linda Cicero/Stanford News)

Stanford communications Professor ANN GRIMES, has been named associate director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation in Stanford’s School of Engineering. Grimes has been an affiliated faculty member with the institute since its inception in 2012.

The Brown Institute was established as a collaboration between Stanford and Columbia University to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation. As envisioned by the Browns in their endowment, the primary focus at Stanford is on media technology, and the institute is anchored in the School of Engineering. At Columbia, the primary focus is on content, and the institute is anchored in the Graduate School of Journalism.

“We are delighted that Ann has agreed to join the institute,” said Professor BERND GIROD, the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor in Stanford’s School of Engineering. “In this role, Professor Grimes will help the Institute realize synergies in computational journalism and help Stanford build stronger connections between engineering and journalism both inside the university and with Columbia. She also will coordinate with media organizations and industry experts outside of academia.”

On Dec. 3, Grimes, the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice in the university’s Department of Communication, will moderate a conversation on computation, journalism and the future of news. Participants will include JURE LESKOVEC, assistant professor of computer science at Stanford; Krishna Bahrat, distinguished research scientist at Google Inc. and founder of Google News; Jennifer LaFleur, senior editor at the Data Center for Investigative Reporting; and JAMES T. HAMILTON, Hearst Professor of Communication and director of the journalism program at Stanford. The discussion will begin at 4:15 p.m. at the Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive.

Grimes, who will remain an active faculty member of Stanford’s journalism program, joined the Stanford faculty in 2005. She is an award-winning journalist who previously held several senior editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She directed Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism from 2006 to 2013. She is an affiliated faculty member of Stanford Medical School’s Center for Innovation in Global Health. She is the author of “Running Mates,” a book about the 1988 presidential campaign. In 1997-1998 she was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.

This story is posted on the Stanford Engineering website.