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.

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.

Since the Covering Religion class began in 2001, classes have gone to Russia, India, Jordan and Palestine, Italy, Israel, and Ireland and Northern Ireland. The trips build on reporting students have done in New York. Multimedia work done by the class of 2017 appears at Sangam: Reporting on the religions of India. The Covering Religion class of 2018 traveled to Israel, and its reporting can be found at Godland.

For Prof. Howard French’s China Seminar, Kelsey Ables, '18 M.S., wrote about the rising tech costs for Chinese who want to jump the Great Firewall that their government uses to restrict Internet access. The Diplomat published her story.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, some celebrities and ordinary citizens vowed to move to Canada if Trump were elected. Three months after Trump took office, The Guardian published Kristin Schwab’s, '17 M.S., Master’s Project on Canada's history as a political and social haven for Americans.

The students in the 2017 City Newsroom class were awarded an Eppy for their reporting on "Killing Rikers" which set out to shine a light on the Rikers Island Correctional Facility by talking to people who knew the jail intimately such as former prisoners and guards, historians, and experts.

Students in Prof. Judith Matloff's Covering Conflict class learn how to prepare for reporting trips into conflict zones - and how to write news analyses that explain the roots of conflict to audiences abroad. Santiago J. Arnaiz, '17 M.S., wrote this analysis for Rappler, an independent online site in the Philippines. Using sources reached in New York, Arnaiz put together a story explaining how President Duterte’s drug war was distracting attention and resources from fighting terrorism.

In Australia, the government financed YouTube videos actively warning migrants in Indonesia to stay away from Australia. “Don’t waste your money or risk your life,” warns a stern-faced military general in one message. Kevin Sun, '17 M.S., analyzed Australia’s hard-nosed, multimedia effort  in a story for Quartz.

Courtney Vinopal, '17 M.S., visited a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, CT as part of the Reporting Refugees class. After the visit, Courtney published a story on realclearinvestigations.com on how the U.S. system’s emphasis on self-reliance gives refugees just a few months to resettle, learn English and find a job.