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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

Caterina Barbera, '18 M.S. Documentary

Caterina Barbera is an award-winning journalist from Chile. She attended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, where she studied Journalism and was selected valedictorian of the class of 2013. Before coming to Columbia Journalism School, she worked as an investigative reporter and videographer for Megavision, the most-watched television channel in Chile, reporting on high-impact stories about corruption and political funding. She earned a full scholarship from CONICYT Chile, awarded to national leaders in several academic disciplines.

Maya Miller, '18 M.A. Science

Maya Miller is a data-driven investigative journalist. She earned her master's degree in health and science journalism, and has reported with ProPublica, Climate Central, Scientific American and the Chicago Tribune.

David Mora Vera, '18 M.S. Stabile

Born in Colombia, David Mora studied international relations at Universidad Externado, then moved to Mexico to advocate for and litigate cases of human rights abuse. After working with victims of violence and journalists risking their lives, he moved to New York City and graduated as an investigative reporter from Columbia Journalism School.

Andrew Rodríguez Calderón, '18 M.S. Data Journalism

Andrew R. Calderón is a graduate of the masters in journalism with a concentration in data. After graduation in 2018, he worked as a data fellow at The Marshall Project, an investigative nonprofit that covers the criminal justice system. While there he collaborated on a variety of projects, including a spread for New York Magazine that depicts the experience of undocumented immigrants living in New York under threat of deportation. He also covered a story about the use of neuroscience to predict criminal behavior and recidivism rates, in addition to a number of data stories. He will rejoin The Marshall Project starting next year as a data reporter focused on immigration.

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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.