Columbia Journalism School

This page features the work of current students and recent graduates, often the reporting began in the classroom. For more student work, see, and

M.S. '13 Natasha Verma directed the documentary "Hardy."
MA '14 Davide Casati publishes Vatican exposé in The New York Times
MA '14 Brian Mastroianni publishes thesis on mime therapy in The Atlantic

  • J-School Students Partner on Panama Papers: Five students in Prof. Segnini's class are reporting on records and stories for the giant records leak investigation spearheaded by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Columbia is the only journalism school listed as a reporting partner.
  • Ben Taub is a #cjs15 M.A. Politics graduate. His thesis, “Journey to Jihad,” appears in the June 1, 2015, issue of The New Yorker. Here, he writes about the genesis of his reporting interests, working on his first long-form piece for The New Yorker, and his J-school experience.
  • The Visual Storytelling class, taught by Nina Berman, finished class projects in May. Students reported and wrote the stories on policing in New York City with a mixture of photos, maps, video and audio.
  • The Multi-Platform Design and Storytelling class, taught by Dr. Mario R. García, finished class projects in May. Students reported and wrote the stories, and then learned how to tell the story using audio and visual tools.
  • Student Publishes Project in Salon: '15 Arianna Skibell developed a story about the little-known youth movement rising against police brutality as her final project in the Covering Issues of Race class, and was prominently published by Salon.
  • Following Intuition to Find the Story: '15 Maya Albanese was in Cuba when news broke that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize diplomatic relations and contributed to reporting for The Washington Post and NBC.
  • From the Classroom to Publication: MS '15 Stabile Fellow in Investigative Journalism Jessica Huseman publishes an article in The Atlantic, which began as a fall class project. She relates here how "The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families" came together.
  • Student Followed Intuition to Cuba: '15 Maya Albanese was in Cuba when news broke that the U.S. and Cuba would normalize diplomatic relations and contributed to reporting for The Washington Post and NBC. She writes here about her experience.
  • Student Lands WSJ Cover Story: '15 Carl Stoffers writes about former boxer Iran Barkley who tries to help others get back on their feet. Stabile '13 Derek Kravitz mentored the class and helped with the pitch that landed on the cover of the WSJ Greater NY weekend section.
  • Fusion Investigation: '12 Kristofer Ríos is a producer on a Fusion investigation that found conditions for transgender women locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement are often humiliating, dangerous and deadly.
  • Boxer Profiled in New Doc by '13 Grad: Natasha Verma graduated from the J-school in 2013 with an M.S. degree and a concentration in documentary filmmaking. She is currently an anchor and reporter for NBC in Ft. Myers, Florida. The documentary "Hardy," which she directed, began as her M.S. project and will premiere at DOC NYC film festival. Read more >>
  • M.S. Grad Makes the Case for "Queer": Ainara Tiefenthäler '14, is a freelance video producer and editor working with Slate. She produced a video for Slate that defends the use of the word "queer" as a way to identify a group of people. Read more >>
  • M.A. '14 Publishes Vatican Exposé in NYT: Davide Casati's thesis was the beginnings of a frontpage Sunday Business section New York Times article that was published Oct. 18. Read more >>
  • J-School Grads Feed Fusion: Class of 2010 Alan Neuhauser and Andy Lampard, along with '11 Alice Brennan report on the subject of youth boxing for Fusion. Fusion is a collaborative media venture between ABC News and Univision and in the past five years has hired numerous J-school grads. Read more >>
  • M.S. Candidate Sells Report to Al Jazeera America: Rosalind Adams' story began in a Reporting Class in August from the first interview she did in her Mott Haven beat. Read more >>
  • Alumni Doc Project Takes Shape: "Who we become" is a documentary about building a trans family. The film focuses on a makeshift family bonded by the search for community. CUJ13 grads Adam Perez and Jan Hendrik Hinze indiegogo campaign to raise money for their film. Read more >>
  • Grad Is Lead Reporter on Digital Project: Class of 2012 graduate Sharyn Jackson was the lead reporter on "Harvest of Change," a five-day project on broad changes in America, through the lens of the Iowa farm family. Read more >>
  • Ground Truth Launches Health Project: Kaiser-funded health project, Branding Health, launched on GlobalPost. The project was largely collaborated by Columbia grads: Marissa Miley, Jacob Kushner, Elaisha Stokes, Indrani Basu, Sara Jerving, Katia Savchuck and Emily Judem, and was led by Charles M. Sennott. Read more >>
  • How a Curiosity Turned Into a Published Thesis: M.A. #cuj14 Brian Mastroianni's thesis on mime as therapy was published in The Atlantic on Sept. 22, 2014. Read more >>


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