Cross-Borders Data Project | Columbia Journalism School

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

Mathilde Berg Utzon

Mathilde Berg Utzon, '21 M.A. Politics

Mathilde Berg Utzon is a climate change reporter. She kicked off her career by covering Nelson Mandela’s death in South Africa for TV 2 Denmark. After a couple of years as a Danish broadcast journalist, she moved to Uganda. For over four years, she produced multimedia and communication pieces on the war in South Sudan and the impacts and adaptation solutions to climate extremes in Southern and Eastern Africa. As a Fulbright Scholar, she holds an M.A. in Politics from Columbia Journalism School. Her studies and stories intersect the human impacts of climate change and energy policies.

Marco Dalla Stella, '21 M.S.

Marco Dalla Stella is an Italian journalist with an M.S. degree from Columbia Journalism School, where he reported on citizens patrolling ICE activities in New York and abuses against migrants in a detention center in Italy. Before Columbia, he worked as an aid worker and grants manager for development projects in Mozambique, Ecuador and Mexico. Marco also holds a degree in International Relations and one in Translation and Interpreting, both from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

Sheridan Wall, '21 M.S. Data

Sheridan Wall is a data journalist from New Orleans. While completing her bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University, Sheridan covered state politics and the Baton Rouge community for local outlets. She holds an M.S. in Data Journalism from Columbia Journalism School, and her most recent work on artificial intelligence and hiring practices was featured in MIT Technology Review.

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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.