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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

Adrián Blanco, '19 M.S. Data

Adrián Blanco is a data journalist focused on investigative data journalism, graphics, automation and news apps. He is currently an intern in the Graphics department at The Washington Post and has worked as a data journalist at the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, participating in the ICIJ’s Paradise Papers investigation, and having responsibilities in data journalism, data visualization and fact-checking. Adrian has interned at Spanish International news agency Agencia EFE, Radio Televisión Española and at The Times of London.

Beatriz Muylaert, '19 M.S.

Beatriz Muylaert is a journalist from São Paulo, Brazil, focused on culture, public policy, and foreign affairs. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School ‘19 and previously led business operations at Quatro Cinco Um, a Brazilian book review magazine.

Beatriz attended business school at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and focused her studies in international relations and human behavior. She worked at a consulting firm conducting research and developing strategies for companies in Brazil’s major industries before pivoting into journalism.

Rebekah Frances Ward, '19 M.S.

Rebekah F. Ward is a reporter from Montreal, Canada who has worked internationally in media and research for over 10 years, including in the USA, East Timor, Rwanda, Hungary, and Spain. Her background is in psychology, human rights and social movements. Prior to Columbia's Cross-Borders Data team she had a fellowship to work with Reuters in Mexico City, and was previously a staff reporter and producer for France 24 in Colombia. She holds an MS from Columbia Journalism School and received both the Cronkite Fellowship from the Overseas Press Club and the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for independent investigation.

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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.