Student Work

Hunting the Ghost Fleet Story

Sarah Blaskey, '17 M.S. Stabile, traveled to Central America to follow the trail of illegal shark finning companies that not only violate international covenants but are also guilty of employing slave labor.

Hunting the ghost fleet
Bronx Parks Project at Columbia Journalism School

Students in LynNell Hancock's Reporting course investigated inequity in Bronx parks caused by disparities in public and private funding. The project resulted in a feature on Bronx Ink with 15 news stories and two interactive data maps for public use.

Nepali Immigrant Fears Deportation

Wufei Yu, '19 M.S., reported on the struggles of Nepali immigrants facing deportation after the Trump administration announced an end to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepalis this summer as an assignment for professor Dale Maharidge's Reporting class. The article was published in the Kathmandu Post, one of the largest English language papers in Nepal.

The subject of MESH creating a WiFi network

In MESH, M.S. '18 students Arjun Srivatsa and Bridget Hickey report on Tony Baizan, a Bronx teen building a decentralized Wi-Fi network capable of withstanding natural disasters caused by climate change.

Aging in Place Podcast

Experts often talk about the idea of "aging in place," but what does it actually mean? And how easy is it to pull off? In this episode of Gray Matter, a podcast about aging in New York City, Jennifer Sigl, '18 M.S., introduces listeners to Jackie, who can’t help but wonder how much longer she’ll be able to stay in her house.

Documentary: Guanajuato Norte

A man from Guanajuato, Mexico working on a Connecticut farm contends with being away from his family and home for years in order to support their dreams and build them a new life. A film by M.S. Documentary '18 students Ingrid Holmquist and Sana A. Malik.

Guanajuato Norte
Documentary: She's Not a Boy

She's Not a Boy, a documentary from M.S. Documentary '18 students Yuhong Pang and Robert Tokanel, follows Tatenda Ngwaru, an asylum-seeking intersex woman from Zimbabwe as she tries to make a home in New York City.

Documentary: 22 Months by Stephanie Tangkilisan

An MBA student's life is derailed when he gets indicted in New York's largest gang takedown. A project by M.S. Documentary '18 student Stephanie Tangkilisan and winner of the Vital Projects Criminal Justice Grant.

22 Months
WIRED: Americans Identified by Twitter as Russian Bots

As part of Susan McGregor's Investigative Techniques course, students in the M.S. Data Journalism and Dual M.S. concentrations wrote about Americans banned from Twitter after their accounts were flagged as bots tied to Russia's Internet Research Agency. Their story was published in the July 2018 edition of WIRED.

Prison Hepatitis-C Story

Sriphaphob Thanthong-Knight, '18 M.S. Stabile, sent FOIA requests to 50 states to find out whether state prisons were providing medication to thousands of inmates with Hepatitis C. He found that nationwide, roughly 97 percent of inmates with hepatitis C are not getting the cure, risking not only their health but also the health of others.

NYT Hit & Run Story

Maya Kaufman, '18 Stabile M.S., examined the failures of a special unit of the New York Police Department to investigate car crashes. Her story led the Sunday Metro section of The New York Times.