Student Work

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.

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.

Bianca Fortis, '19 Stabile M.S.

Bianca Fortis, '19 Stabile M.S., writes for Citylimits.org about the state's requirement that the city pump oxygen into the Newtown Creek, a superfund site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to help maintain aquatic life. Critics think the aeration systems installed in the creek may be concerning for public health, because the action pumps bacteria into the air

Data and investigative students from the ’17 M.S. class worked with Univision on an investigation of the Trump Organization’s international business. Their findings: 15 of 27 international Trump-branded real-estate projects include developers or investors who have faced criminal allegations, including corruption, fraud, and drug trafficking. 

Four students from the ’16 M.S. Stabile class reported on how wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to the U.S., a safe haven where their wealth and influence shield them from arrest. Their report was published by The Miami Herald and ProPublica.

In a collaboration with The New Yorker, students in Prof. Sarah Stillman’s class showed how hundreds of thousands of immigrants are being deported even if they face violence and murder. As a result of these deportations, immigrants have fallen victim to kidnapping, extortion and sexual assault.

 

Mukhtar Ibrahim, ’17 M.S. Stabile, traveled to Kenya to look into how the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on a controversial counterterrorism program there. He found that the program may have endangered the lives of the people it was supposed to help. His story was published by Buzzfeed.

 

“Syria’s Medicine Underground,” created by students in Dean Steve Coll’s Investigating Armies and Spies class, drew on more than 50 interviews with Syrian doctors, aid workers, refugees, researchers and international officials. A story on Syrian medical workers was also published in Foreign Policy.

 

Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The New York Yankees created a charity to distribute $40 million in cash grants, sports equipment and baseball tickets to community organizations. In a New York Times story, Micah Hauser, ’17 M.S. Stabile, revisited that agreement, and found that the charity has operated with little oversight or public accountability.

 

LynNell Hancock’s Reporting class investigated life in buildings owned by the man crowned New York City's worst landlord. Students visited buildings, interviewed tenants and gathered public records. They found collapsing ceilings, illegally subdivided apartments, lead exporsure and more. 

As students enrolled in the Investigative Projects class, Jacqueline Williams & Ana Graciela Méndez, '15 M.S., worked with adjunct professor Walt Bogdanich on an investigation that raised questions about the safety and viability of the Panama Canal. Their story was on the front page of The New York Times.

Univision Cruise Ship

A six-month investigation by students in Prof. Giannina Segnini's cross-border investigations with data class resulted in a collaboration with Univision that showed how the cruise industry is one of the least regulated in the U.S., and how it shielded itself under the laws of tax havens from which it operates.