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Cross-Borders Data Project

The Cross-Borders Data Project comprises the global arm of Columbia Journalism Investigations. This postgraduate fellowship offers recent graduates the opportunity to apply their data and investigative skills to produce global stories of public interest. Through a partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the program allows fellows to work with a network of more than 200 top investigative journalists across the world on projects similar to the Panama Papers.   Funding is provided by the Investigative Reporting Resource and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


Giannina Segnini, Project Supervisor

Giannina Segnini, director of the M.S. in Data Journalism, is the project supervisor. Prior to joining Columbia Journalism School, Segnini worked for Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper, heading a team of journalists and computer engineers dedicated to investigating stories by gathering, analyzing and visualizing public databases. These investigations led to more than fifty criminal cases against politicians, businessmen and public officials, including two former presidents of Costa Rica. The team also processed the data and developed the interactive application for the OffshoreLeaks project that was published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in 2013. Segnini also partakes actively in the ICIJ’s Panama Papers project.

Segnini was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2001-2002) and graduated as a Journalist at the University of Costa Rica. Her work has garnered the Maria Moors Cabot Award (2014), the Excellence Award from the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation (2013) and many other awards. Read her full faculty bio »

Current Fellows

Matt Albasi, '19 M.S. Data

Matt Albasi is a multimedia data journalist based in New York. He worked as producer and co-director of the award winning documentary-short Rise of the Tigers and directed, shot and edited a number of commercial and documentary pieces. He also led a team to re-launch a hyperlocal weekly newspaper in Philadelphia where he oversaw business operations and assisted in editing and reporting. In 2019, He was part of the first class awarded a master’s degree in Data Journalism from Columbia Journalism School. During his time at Columbia, he worked on projects to locate cellphone tracking devices in Manhattan and collaborated with Columbia School of International and Public Affairs to visualize the privacy policies of Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook.

Beatriz Muylaert, '19 M.S.

Beatriz Muylaert is a journalist from São Paulo, Brazil, focused on culture, public policy, and foreign affairs. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School ‘19 and previously led business operations at Quatro Cinco Um, a Brazilian book review magazine.

Beatriz attended business school at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and focused her studies in international relations and human behavior. She worked at a consulting firm conducting research and developing strategies for companies in Brazil’s major industries before pivoting into journalism.

Rebekah Frances Ward, '19 M.S.

Rebekah F. Ward is a reporter from Montreal, Canada who has worked internationally in media and research for over 10 years, including in the USA, East Timor, Rwanda, Hungary, and Spain. Her background is in psychology, human rights and social movements. Prior to Columbia's Cross-Borders Data team she had a fellowship to work with Reuters in Mexico City, and was previously a staff reporter and producer for France 24 in Colombia. She holds an MS from Columbia Journalism School and received both the Cronkite Fellowship from the Overseas Press Club and the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for independent investigation.

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Applying to the Fellowship

The Cross Borders Data Project postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Those interested in applying should contact Career Services for application instructions and deadlines.