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Columbia Journalism School Names 2020 Postgraduate Investigative Reporting Fellows

Columbia Journalism Investigations (CJI), Columbia Journalism School’s postgraduate fellowship program, is proud to welcome 11 new fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. Drawn from the recent classes of J-School graduates, the 2020 fellows will expand upon skills gained in the classroom by reporting long-range investigations for CJI, and for the Cross-Borders Data and Global Migration Projects.

The 2020 fellows represent a cross-section of the school’s rigorous reporting programs including the Stabile investigative journalism program, the data journalism master of science degree, and the master of arts programs in science journalism and business and economics journalism.

"CJI gives our fellows a chance to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom: They learn by doing enterprising and investigative work,” said Kristen Lombardi, director of the school’s postgraduate reporting program. “The members of our next cohort come with years of experience in professional newsrooms and rich backgrounds in business, economics, political science and more. They are the perfect mix of emerging journalists to help us carry forward CJI’s mission of producing meaningful public interest journalism, while training the next generation of great investigative reporters.”

Since 2014, CJI has paired some of the J-School's best recent graduates with experienced journalists and committed faculty to create data-driven accountability journalism in the public interest. During the 2019-2020 academic year, fellows produced groundbreaking investigations on registered sex offenders using online dating platforms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response to the health risks of climate change, the legacy of U.S. nuclear testing on the Marshall Islands and voter access in the Wisconsin primary election, among others.

The fellows are joining three uniquely focused investigative reporting fellowships:

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, The New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian.

The 2020 Columbia Journalism Investigations fellows are Brian Edwards, '20 M.S. Stabile., Jackie Hajdenberg, '20 M.S.; Sofia Moutinho,’20 M.A. Science; Scooty Nickerson, '20 M.S. Stabile, and Aseem Shukla, '20 M.S. Data. Learn more about the fellows, CJI director Kristen Lombardi and the fellowship.

headshots of five fellows
(l-r) Brian Edwards, Jackie Hajdenberg, Sofia Moutinho, Scooty Nickerson and Aseem Shukla

Cross-Borders 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 overseas, including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Latin American Center for Investigating Journalism (CLIP). Past fellows have published in The New Yorker, ProPublica, Univision, WNYC and NBC News. 

Joining project supervisor Giannina Segnini in 2020 are Daniel Avis, ‘20 M.A. Business; Bianca Fortis, '20 M.S. Stabile;  Ian Hodgson, ‘20 M.S. Stabile, and Sarena Snider, ‘20 M.S. Learn more about the Cross-Borders Data Project and the fellows.

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(l-r) Daniel Avis, Bianca Fortis, Ian Hodgson & Sarena Snider

Global Migration Project: This team, representing our fifth 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 a team-based reporting project driven by data and field work. Past fellows have reported on five continents, publishing in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, VICE and Frontline. 

In 2020, Muriel Alarcón, ‘20 M.A. Science, and Liz Donovan, ‘19 M.S., will join the project, led by advisor Sarah Stillman. Learn more about the Global Migration Project and the fellows.

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(l-r) Muriel Alarcón & Liz Donovan

The Columbia Journalism Investigations postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates as well as students of Columbia Journalism School’s Lede program, in partnership with the University’s Department of Computer Science.  Those interested in applying should contact the Career Services department for application instructions and deadlines.To learn more about the postgraduate fellowship program at Columbia Journalism School, visit

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.