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.