Columbia Journalism Investigations (CJI), Columbia Journalism School’s postgraduate fellowship program, is proud to welcome nine new fellows for the 2021-2022 academic year. Drawn from recent J-School graduates, the 2021 fellows will engage in intensive, full-time investigations with CJI and its Cross-Borders Data and Global Migration Projects.
“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s cohort of postgraduate fellows to the CJI family,” Kristen Lombardi, CJI editor and program director, said. “These emerging investigative reporters represent all corners of the journalism school, from investigative reporting to data and the M.A. programs. They are coming together to learn the nuts and bolts of team-based investigations, collaborating with each other and professional news outlets to tell deeply reported stories in the public interest. We look forward to working with them and seeing their hard work come to fruition over the next year.”
Since 2014, CJI has served the dual mission of providing extraordinary recent graduates the opportunity to deepen their investigative skills while helping meet the gap for talent and investigative resources in today's newsrooms. The fully paid fellowship lasts from six months to one year, during which fellows partner with editors and senior reporters at leading news organizations to produce investigations that would not otherwise be possible.
The 2021 fellows join three uniquely focused verticals within the program:
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 beat. Past fellows have published in National Public Radio, the Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and The Guardian.
The 2021 Columbia Journalism Investigations fellows are Zak Cassel, '20 M.S. Stabile; Olga Loginova, '19 M.A. Science, and Alex Lubben, '21 M.A. Science. Julia Shipley, '20 M.A. Arts and Culture, who joined the CJI team in January, will continue in her current role. Learn more about the fellows, CJI director Kristen Lombardi and the fellowship.