Postgraduate fellows have produced an important body of data-driven narrative and investigative reporting across beats including education, migration and environment. Here are older stories from current and previously offered postgraduate fellowships.
Columbia Journalism Investigations
Stories by Columbia Journalism Investigations fellows include the following:
- 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 Los Angeles Times & Univision in Spanish & English.
- Trump Org: A magnet for dirty businessmen - Univision Noticias
- How every investor lost money on Trump Tower Toronto (but Donald Trump made millions anyway) - Toronto Star
- As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome - The New York Times
- We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who’ve Worked in the Trump Administration - ProPublica
- In Marshall Islands, radiation threatens tradition of handing down stories by song - L.A. Times
- Tinder Lets Known Sex Offenders Use the App. It’s Not the Only One. - ProPublica
- They Should Have Done Something”: Broad Failures Fueled Wisconsin Ballot Crisis, Investigation Shows - PBS Frontline
- 'Voter suppression at its finest': Wisconsin citizens say missing ballots kept them from being counted in election - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- As Trump and Biden battle, election officials are running out of time, money for November - USA Today
- More than 1 million people could lose their vote on Nov. 3. That’s the best-case scenario - USA Today
- Climate Change Is Killing Americans. Health Departments Aren’t Equipped To Respond - Center for Public Integrity, The Guardian and The Nation
- Disasters are Driving a Mental Health Crisis - The Center for Public Integrity
- Deadly Bacteria Lurk in Coastal Waters. Climate Change Increases the Risks. - Center for Public Integrity, co-published by Mother Jones
- We analyzed a conservative foundation's catalog of absentee ballot fraud: It's not a 2020 election threat - USA Today and Frontline
- Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims - ProPublica
- NYC Nursing Home Gave Dozens of Veterans Experimental COVID-19 Treatments. Some Families Had No Idea - THE CITY
- Dangerous Heat, Unequal Consequences - The Center for Public Integrity
- Heat Is Killing Workers In The U.S. — And There Are No Federal Rules To Protect Them - NPR
- Higher Temperatures And Less Oversight Mean Workers Are At A Growing Risk In The Climate Emergency - LAist
- Texas Workers Are Dying In The Summer Heat, And Companies Aren’t Being Held Accountablev-KERA
Cross-Borders Data Project
Reporting from the Cross-Borders Data Project includes the following stories:
- Trump Org: A magnet for dirty businessmen - Univision Noticias
- Trump admin files more briefs in religious liberty cases than Obama, Bush - NBC News
- How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment - The New Yorker, WNYC, Propublica
- Trump's Business of Corruption - The New Yorker
- Vacaciones en Aguas de Nadie (Vacations in No Man's Sea) - Univision
- Holy Rollers: The Religious Leaders Using Churches to Launder Illicit Cash Across the Americas - OCCRP
- Traceability of Peruvian Amazon Wood is Weakening/ Se debilita el trazo de la madera en la Amazonía peruana - CLIP
Global Migration Project
Global Migration fellows have reported on issues around migration and gender including stories from the Greek refugee crisis and the mothers targeted for deportation from the U.S. under the Trump administration. Past stories from fellows include the following:
- US funding cuts and the impact on Syrian refugee women - Al Jazeera
- The Mothers Being Deported by Trump - The New Yorker
- Gender and Migration Series - Slate
- These Female Reporters Bring News to the World's Largest Syrian Refugee Camp - Teen Vogue
- Their daughters were held at the border – then the blackmail from fake ICE agents began - The Guardian
- When Deportation is a Death Sentence - The New Yorker
- Their Daughters Were Held at The Border - Then The Blackmail From Fake ICE Agents Began - The Guardian
- Escape: The woman who brought her trafficker to justice - The Guardian
- The Race To Dismantle Trump’s Immigration Policies - The New Yorker
The Teacher Project
The Teacher Project fellows reported on a variety of issues related to equity in education. Here is a selection of past stories produced by the Project:
- 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 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
- For an Increasing Number of Youth In Juvenile Detention, Learning Is Possible - Slate
- Our Teacher Diversity Problem Is Not Just About Recruitment. It's About Retention - Slate
- In This Mississippi Town, Teacher Assistant is a Coveted Job. It Pays $9 an Hour - Slate
- How to Attract Teachers to Poor, Rural Schools by Madeleine Cummings - Montana's Last Best News and Slate
- Gentlemen, Preschool is Calling - NPR and WNYC
- Undocument students face hurdles to getting into college. Here's how Indiana teachers have helped them succeed - Chalkbeat Indiana
- Support family or go to school? A Rohingya teen juggles competing demands - PBS NewsHour
- A 17-year-old was told he couldn't attend high school -- even though he is a U.S. citizen - Naples Daily News and Buzzfeed
- What My Students Taught Me - Atlantic.com and WBEZ
- The Failure Track - Slate and ProPublica
- Inside an immigrant's journey to enroll in college after fleeing violence in Honduras - Indianapolis Star and Chalkbeat-Indiana
- Indiana schools face unique challenges in advising immigrant students - Indianapolis Public Radio
- How a Hurricane Is Still Punishing Special Ed Kids a Year Later - Bloomberg
- Immigrant students learn hard lessons about racism at a historically white high school in Maine - Boston Globe
- How One Student Manages School Under Strain of Family Separation - WNYC
- A new law is helping undocumented students in New Jersey attend college, but challenges remain - Chalkbeat and WNYC
Energy and Environmental Reporting Project
A series of articles revealed Exxon's public and private understanding of climate change.
Fellows from The Energy and Environmental Reporting Project examined issues related to the environment and energy resources on an international level.
Here are 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"
- CORRECT!V 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.