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

Daniel Avis, '20 M.A. Business

Daniel Avis is a multimedia journalist with a background in business and foreign affairs. He worked for the BBC in London for more than five years, covering domestic and international politics. He holds an M.A. in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia Journalism School. While at Columbia, he worked on stories examining the links between business and climate change, and the relationship between protests and the cost of living in Hong Kong. Daniel also holds a degree in Economics and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, where he focused on the intersection of development and health communications in West Africa.

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Bianca Fortis, '20 M.S. Stabile

Bianca Fortis is a 2020 graduate of Columbia Journalism’s M.S. degree at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting. During the summer of 2020, she worked on the New York Times team tracking COVID-19 cases across the United States. Her work has appeared in VICE, NBC News and the Detroit Free Press, among other outlets.

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Ian Hodgson, '20 M.S. Stabile

Ian Hodgson is an investigative reporter from Chicago, IL. He holds an M.A. in Economics and is a 2020 M.S. graduate of the J-School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining the Cross-Borders Data Project, Ian worked as a data reporter covering COVID-19 for the Tampa Bay Times.

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Sarena Snider, '20 M.S.

Sarena Snider is an investigative reporter based in New York who began her decade-long media career at National Geographic Television. Her previous work includes production and research for television and feature documentaries, as well as managing social media for films, one of which won the Audience Award at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Prior to joining Columbia's Cross-Boarders Data team, she received her M.S. in Journalism at the J-School, where she collaborated with classmates to publish an investigative piece highlighting the U.S. government's recent purchase of ventilators unsuitable for ICU patients with COVID-19.

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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.