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QUESTIONS? Contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Office of Career Development: lem2111@columbia.edu.

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J-School-based Fellowship | New York City


Columbia Journalism School is looking for one candidate for an investigative reporting project involving prosecutorial misconduct. The work will be domestic in scope. This data-heavy fellowship will employ a recent graduate of the school, and will be directed under the supervision of Columbia Journalism Investigations editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director Kristen Lombardi, as well as faculty advisors such as Jelani Cobb, director of the Ira A. Lipman Center on Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. An essential part of the work is the collection and analysis of data and documents and other investigative techniques to find patterns and connect dots on prosecutorial misconduct in the United States. Subsequent stories may appear in either print publications or alternative media platforms. The project is grant-funded, through generous donors to the Journalism School. Final publishing plans are necessarily uncertain, but the fellow will team up with national and local professional newsrooms. Recent CJI investigations have run in National Public Radio, ProPublica, The Center for Public Integrity, The Guardian and USA Today. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar for a period of nine months, beginning no later than January 2022.


Education:  Exclusively for M.S. and M.A. students who have recently graduated. Preference will go to students who

graduated in May and August 2021 and those who have not already received a Columbia Exclusive. Alumni from recent classes (2019-2021) will be considered.

Term:  The journalist, who will serve as a post-doctoral research scholar, will begin his or her term no later than January 2022. International students on OPT visas are encouraged to apply but their term cannot be extended beyond OPT. The fellow will work a hybrid schedule and, when current coronavirus restrictions are fully lifted, full time from the Journalism School. Columbia University also has a vaccine mandate at this time, and you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exemption to hold this position. Travel may be possible and required. The scholar will be paid an annual salary, in semi-monthly installments, and will be eligible for Columbia University’s generous health-care and benefits package.

TO APPLY: Complete the online application: https://columbiajournalismcareerdevelopment.submittable.com/

The online application includes uploading the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (address it to “CJI Investigative Fellowship Selection Team”) that explains what would qualify you to take on this task. Also, please describe the data and shoe-leather reporting, editing, project management or other experience and skills that you can      bring to this project.
  2. Resume (one page) that includes three references (two must be Columbia Journalism School professors).
  3. Three clips or links to your work, preferably demonstrating deep reporting, use of data and/or coverage of an issue or topic.
  4. Story ideas: Please include a one-page memo with one or two potential investigative story ideas rooted in data.


QUESTIONS? Email Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Office of Career Development: lem2111@columbia.edu

CJS Exclusive Info Session: Investigative Reporting Fellowship

ICYMI: Kristen Lombardi, Columbia Journalism Investigations editor and Post-Graduate Reporting Program Director, gives an overview of CJI and the new CJS Exclusive Investigative Reporting Fellowship at Columbia Journalism Investigations. Current CJI Fellows Alex Lubben '21 (M.A. - Science) and Fazil Khan '21 (M.S. Data Journalism) share their experiences working on the Hidden Epidemics 2.0 team and Global Migration teams.

WATCH: https://vimeo.com/636457887/c4316d285b