We offer fellowships that give recent Journalism School graduates the opportunity to dig into a subject, and to report and publish their work in major news outlets. These include the Columbia Journalism Review Delacorte Magazine Fellowship, the Longform Narrative Fellowship as well as beat reporting on migration and immigration, energy and the environment, and race and equity in K-12 education.
Columbia Journalism Investigations
Some of the fellows’ investigative reporting projects are published under the auspices of Columbia Journalism Investigations. CJI is a team of leading investigative journalists, Columbia University faculty, graduate students, postgraduate fellows, coders and others who conduct deep investigations into urgent issues of public interest, without respect to beat. Funding is provided by the Investigative Reporting Resource and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
CJI is led by Steve Coll, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, and Sheila Coronel, dean of academic affairs.
Here's a selection of their latest stories:
- Los Angeles Times - Mexico's disaster bonds were meant to provide quick cash after hurricanes and earthquakes. But it often hasn't worked out that way - Co-published by Univision in Spanish & English
- Univision Noticias - Trump Org: A magnet for dirty businessmen
- The Toronto Star - How every investor lost money on Trump Tower Toronto (but Donald Trump made millions anyway)
Global Migration Project
Refugee children at a swimming lesson on the island of Lesbos on June 12, 2016. Photo: Fahrinisa Oswald
The Global Migration Project offers reporting opportunities on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy, and more. The project is under the direction of Sarah Stillman, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and a MacArthur Fellow.
Teams of postgraduate fellows have reported on immigration and refugee issues in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and the United States.
The project is funded by the Endeavor Foundation and has a non-exclusive publishing partnership with Slate.
Here's a selection of recent stories published by the Global Migration Project:
- The Guardian - "Their Daughters Were Held at The Border - Then The Blackmail From Fake ICE Agents Began"
- The New Yorker - "When Deportation is a Death Sentence"
- TeenVogue - "These Female Reporters Bring News to the World's Largest Syrian Refugee Camp"
- Al Jazeera - "US funding cuts and the impact on Syrian refugee women"
- The New Yorker - "The Mothers Being Deported by Trump"
- Slate - "Gender and Migration Series"
- Frontline - "In Fight Over Child Marriage Laws, States Resist Calls for Total Ban"
The Teacher Project
"The Big Shortcut" series published in Slate explores the impact of low-quality online classes.
The Teacher Project is an ambitious journalistic effort to report on issues of equity and access in American education, with a focus on teacher and student voices and perspectives. Reporting fellows, all recent alums of the Journalism School, work under the supervision of veteran education journalist Sarah Carr to cover underreported education trends.
The Project has published work at Slate, the Atlantic, NPR, ProPublica, and more than two dozen other newspapers and public radio stations. Four of the Project's stories or series have been honored with national awards, including first-place awards from the Education Writers Association for a 2016 series on race and education and for investigative reporting, and a top prize in the 2017 Front Page Awards for an investigation of for-profit alternative education. The Teacher Project strives to be innovative in its approach to reporting and storytelling, featuring a podcast, "What My Students Taught Me," produced in partnership with the Atlantic, WBEZ, and other public radio stations, and spearheading the production of several videos and data interactives.
An ongoing project exploring systemic challenges facing immigrant students through the stories of individual teenagers—with a focus on local partnerships and impact:
- Indianapolis Star and Chalkbeat-Indiana - "Inside an immigrant's journey to enroll in college after fleeing violence in Honduras"
- Indianapolis Public Radio - "Indiana schools face unique challenges in advising immigrant students"
- Naples Daily News and Buzzfeed - "A 17-year-old was told he couldn't attend high school -- even though he is a U.S. citizen"
- Chicago Sun-Times and PBS NewsHour - "Support family or go to school? A Rohingya teen juggles competing demands
- Chalkbeat-Indiana – “Undocumented students face hurdles getting into college. Here’s how Indiana teachers have helped them succeed”
Other Group Projects
- What My Students Taught Me - An ongoing podcast featuring teachers talking about the most challenging student they ever taught—in counterpoint with the student's version of the same events. Atlantic.com and WBEZ
- The Big Shortcut - An investigative project documenting the explosion of questionable online courses by American high schools to boost graduation rates. Slate and Tallahassee Democrat
- Tomorrow's Test - The 12-part series examining race and diversity in American classrooms. Slate and multiple local partners
- The Failure Track - A 2017 investigation uncovering rampant allegations of staff-on-student abuse at one of the country's largest alternative school networks. Slate and ProPublica
- The Trouble with 2 - A multi-part series probing the ways in which America underserves its youngest learners by limiting access to high-quality, educationally-focused child care centers. Slate and The Hechinger Report
The Teacher Project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Emerson Collective.
Columbia Journalism School provides material, financial, educational and administrative support. The Teacher Project’s sponsors have no role in the selection of fellows or in editorial decisions.
Teacher Project advisors include LynNell Hancock, Steve Coll, Sheila Coronel, Gloria Ladson-Billings,(link is external)Heather Vogell,(link is external) Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Henig, Doug Ready,(link is external)Linda Perlstein, Amy Low, Howard Fuller, Dana Goldstein and Andrea Bueschel.
Energy and Environmental Reporting Project
A series of articles revealed Exxon's public and private understanding of climate change.
The Energy and Environmental Reporting Project is an intensive, full-time investigative reporting fellowship for four recent graduates of Columbia Journalism School. The fellows work independently and in teams to rigorously examine issues related to the environment and energy resources on an international level. Fellows perform extensive archival, public records and database research, as well as conduct interviews with a variety of sources from government, academia and industry.
The Project advisors are Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, Sheila Coronel, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Marguerite Holloway, professor and Director of Science and Environmental Journalism. The program is supported by the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Energy Foundation, Lorana Sullivan Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, Tellus Mater Foundation and the Tortuga Foundation.
Here's a selection of stories published by The Energy and Environmental Project:
- Foreign Policy - The Country That Wasn't Ready To Win The Lottery
- The Guardian 5- Part Series on Export-Import Bank. In 2017, the stories received an Honorable Mention by the Society of Environmental Journalists in the Outstanding Explanatory Reporting category;
-"How Obama's climate change legacy is weakened by US investment in dirty fuel"
-"Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world"
-"Potential Export-Import Bank deals pose grave environmental threat, experts say"
-"Export-Import Bank gave $8.5bn to Mexico oil firm despite deadly accidents"
-"US has provided $15m in financing to supplier of mines accused of slave labor"
- L.A. Times - Exxon's Public & Private understanding about climate change "The role a melting glacier played in Exxon's biggest disaster"
- CorrectTV Germany, Mediapart France and Slate U.S. - Investigative collaboration that resulted in a comprehensive data set documenting global sea level that led to international coverage.
Cross-Borders Data Project
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.
Giannina Segnini, director of the M.S. in Data Journalism, is the project supervisor. The project is funded by the Graduate School of Journalism.
See a selection of recent stories published by the Cross-Borders Data Project:
- The New Yorker, WNYC, Propublica - "How Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. Avoided a Criminal Indictment"
- The New Yorker - "Trump's Business of Corruption"
- Univision - "Vacations in No Man's Sea"
Columbia Journalism Review Delacorte Magazine Fellowship
Delacorte Fellows wrote the analysis for the May/June 2015 issue of CJR.
Columbia Journalism Review's Delacorte Magazine Fellowships offer three reporters one year to pitch, report, and write stories about journalism news and trends for cjr.org and its bi-annual print editions. In addition, the Fellows participate in the Delacorte Lecture, a series held in the spring semester that examine aspects of magazine journalism by a leader in the field of magazine publishing, and work on an ambitious research project with the goal of deepening the public’s understanding of some key aspect of the magazine industry.
Longform Narrative offers two, four‐month fellowships writing narrative nonfiction in association with staff from digital publisher The Big Roundtable. Fellows will publish their behind-the-scenes take on the stories they are covering on Story Lab NYC, which will also showcase the growth and development of two aspiring journalists.
Funding For Investigative Reporting
The Investigative Reporting Resource at the Columbia Journalism School underwrites the reporting of students and recent graduates working individually and in teams, on a wide variety of subjects, on all platforms. At times, it may make scholarship gifts to students pursuing investigative reporting. The purpose of this resource is to advance in-depth reporting in the public interest. Donors include Anne and Greg Davis, Goldhirsh Foundation, Jeremy Levine and Yael Taqqu, Rockefeller Family Fund, Dave and Kathy Scially, and Tortuga Foundation. Among the projects that IRR supports is Columbia Journalism Investigations (CJI).
Read the school's philanthropic donations policy to learn more about the principles that apply to the school's partnerships with philanthropic donors, particularly when those donors fund journalism or research.