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Columbia Journalism Names 2019 Postgraduate Reporting Fellows

Columbia Journalism Investigations (CJI), the School’s postgraduate investigative reporting program, welcomes a dozen new fellows who will work on long-range reporting projects for CJI, and the Cross-Borders Data and Global Migration Projects. The 2019 fellows hail from diverse journalistic backgrounds, and are among the most competitive recent graduates of the school having specialized in data and computational journalism, the Stabile program, Science and Politics reporting.

“I’m excited to welcome the new class of postgraduate fellows to our academic newsroom, they will work with me, Professors Giannina Segnini and Sarah Stillman on data-driven investigative and enterprising stories in the public interest,” said Kristen Lombardi, editor of CJI. “As in previous years, the new cohort will have access to Columbia’s subject-matter experts including scientists, statisticians, engineers and lawyers to tell stories informed and founded on multi-disciplinary collaborations.”

The CJI postgraduate reporting program has a dual mission of supporting extraordinary recent graduates as well as helping to meet the gap for talent and investigative resources that burdens today’s newsrooms. It is a fully paid fellowship lasting from six months to a year, during which fellows partner with editors and senior reporters at top news organizations — The New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, NBC and The Los Angeles Times — to publish stories that would not otherwise be possible.

The CJI news platform is organized in three verticals:

Columbia Journalism Investigations: This team pairs postgraduate fellows with an experienced investigative reporter and editor, as well as faculty, graduate students and others to produce deep investigations into urgent matters of public interest, without respect to specific beats. Past fellows have published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian. To read more about the fellows visit: CJI

CJI Fellows
(l-r) Keith Cousins, Catharina Felke, Elisabeth Gawthrop, Veronica Penney, Elizabeth Naismith Picciani & Dean Russell

Cross-border Data Project: This team prepares postgraduate fellows to find global data, process and analyze it, and to report on it from New York while working with sources and other journalists overseas. The project works like a small international newsroom, where team members pursue the same investigative story in collaboration with partners in other regions, including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Latin American Center for Investigating Reporting (CLIP). Past fellows have published in The New Yorker, ProPublica, Univision, WNYC and NBC News. To read more about the fellows visit: Cross-border Data Project


Cross Borders Fellows
(l-r) Matt Albasi, Beatriz Muylaert & Rebekah Frances Ward

Global Migration Project: This team, representing the fourth incoming group of gender and migration fellows, will spend six months investigating stories at the intersections of gender and refugee/immigration issues. They will work on team-driven data projects, individual long-form stories and, for the first time, collaborative multi-media work, including data visualizations and podcasting. Past fellows have reported on five continents, publishing in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, VICE and Frontline. To read more about the fellows visit: Global Migration Project

Global Migration Fellows
(l-r) Cristina Baussan, Letícia Duarte & Ottavia Spaggiari

The Columbia Journalism Investigations postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates as well as LEDE students of the Columbia Journalism School. Those interested in applying should contact the Career Services department for application instructions and deadlines.


About Columbia Journalism School

For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications.  It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Awards.


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