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Congratulations, Anjali Tsui (Stabile '16), finalist for the Loeb Award, for a  Pro Publica story on predatory lenders w...
10/09/2020
Four ProPublica Projects Named Finalists for Loeb Awards

Congratulations, Anjali Tsui (Stabile '16), finalist for the Loeb Award, for a Pro Publica story on predatory lenders who get their borrowers arrested.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

· And here's Georgia Gee ('20), again, working with Derek Kravitz '13), getting confidential documents on the real exten...
10/08/2020
Confidential coronavirus outbreak data shows undisclosed incidents at prisons, workplaces, schools, meatpacking plants across Illinois

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And here's Georgia Gee ('20), again, working with Derek Kravitz '13), getting confidential documents on the real extent of Covid-19 outbreaks in Illinois.

Newly obtained confidential statewide data shows that coronavirus outbreaks in workplaces, schools and prisons are driving Illinois’ rising cases — and many of these outbreaks have never been made public.

So proud of the digging work recent #cjsStabile grads are doing on local communities. Last week, Chiara Eisner ('19) led...
10/08/2020
Company accused of polluting ocean with plastic has an ally: SC ports

So proud of the digging work recent #cjsStabile grads are doing on local communities. Last week, Chiara Eisner ('19) led The State in South Carolina with a story about plastics pollution that's known to, but shielded by, the local ports authority

DHEC alleged a plastics company polluted South Carolina beaches. Never-before-seen documents show Ports Authority worked to shield the company and its supplier from scrutiny.

More reporting by Georgia Gee (Stabile '20) on the havoc created by Covid-19 on U.S. farms.
09/29/2020
Michigan apple harvest hinges on workers staying well in pandemic

More reporting by Georgia Gee (Stabile '20) on the havoc created by Covid-19 on U.S. farms.

Apples are just another industry affected by a virus that has shuttered meat packing and processing plants, cleared grocery store shelves and closed restaurants.

Georgia Gee ('Stabile 20) worked three months on this story for the Washington Post on Covid 19 outbreaks in U.S. farms....
09/26/2020
Virus’s unseen hot zone: The American farm

Georgia Gee ('Stabile 20) worked three months on this story for the Washington Post on Covid 19 outbreaks in U.S. farms. It's an important story and has its origins in Derek Kravitz's (Stabile '13) Documenting Covid 19 project, where Georgia is a Stabile fellow.

As American growers harvested summer crops, the migration of seasonal farmworkers who were infected with the virus represented a growing health and humanitarian crisis.

Lauren Peace ('20) is a Report for America fellow for the Mountain State Spotlight in West Virginia. In this story, she ...
09/22/2020
Inside one of West Virginia’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks - Mountain State Spotlight

Lauren Peace ('20) is a Report for America fellow for the Mountain State Spotlight in West Virginia. In this story, she reports on how inaction and secrecy contributed to the Covid-19 outbreak there. https://mountainstatespotlight.org/2020/09/22/inside-one-of-west-virginias-deadliest-covid-19-outbreaks/

Monica and Mac had plans. Then the coronavirus made its way into the Ripley nursing home where he lived.

Georgia Gee ('20) reported this story along with journalists from The Detroit Free Press, with documents received by Doc...
09/22/2020
In one Michigan county, almost half the COVID-19 cases are tied to farm outbreaks

Georgia Gee ('20) reported this story along with journalists from The Detroit Free Press, with documents received by Documenting Covid 19, a platform hosting documents received from FOI requests and managed by Derek Kravitz ('13). It's about how Michigan's Covid cases can be traced back to poor safety conditions of migrant farm workers.
https://www.freep.com/in-depth/news/local/michigan/2020/09/22/migrant-farmworkers-covid-michigan/5793517002/

Health department emails show that some farms resisted COVID-19 testing and workers claimed farms didn't take steps to keep them safe.

Amy Brittain (Stabile '10) is hosting The Washington Post's first investigative podcast, called Canary. It's a series on...
09/18/2020
The Washington Post to release “Canary: The Washington Post Investigates” podcast on Oct. 1

Amy Brittain (Stabile '10) is hosting The Washington Post's first investigative podcast, called Canary. It's a series on the far-reaching effects of sexual assault and highlight how investigate stories like these. Subscribe now! It's out Oct. 1.

The long-form narrative podcast follows the story of how one woman’s public warning about a sexual assault ricochets across the country and across generations. A preview of the podcast is available now.

The latest story from THE CITY's Missing Them project is about  9/11 survivors who died of coronavirus. Good work from  ...
09/16/2020
How Many 9/11 Survivors Have Died of COVID-19? At Least 42 — and Likely Many More

The latest story from THE CITY's Missing Them project is about 9/11 survivors who died of coronavirus. Good work from done, Scooty Nickerson ('20) and Anjali Tsui ('16) and Derek Kravitz ('13) who are part of the team overseeing the project. Fellows from Columbia Journalism Investigations as well as the CUNY J-School were also involved. It's the most read story in THE CITY so far.

As part of the MISSING THEM project to memorialize every New Yorker who died due to COVID-19, THE CITY set out to find people whose health was affected by both tragedies.

Always good to see two Stabile alumni working together on watchdog stories, this one about the Small Business administra...
08/25/2020
SBA Accused of Skirting Financial Disclosure Rule

Always good to see two Stabile alumni working together on watchdog stories, this one about the Small Business administration & PPP loans. Good work, Cezary Podkul and Ryan Tracy, Stabile '10 . via @WSJ

A watchdog panel of government inspectors general is asking the Small Business Administration to provide full disclosure of borrowers who received Paycheck Protection Program loans of $25,000 and up.

Daniel Drepper (Stabile '14), editor of Buzzfeed Germany, announced on Twitter yesterday that it found a buyer, Ippen Di...
08/25/2020
Daniel Drepper on Twitter

Daniel Drepper (Stabile '14), editor of Buzzfeed Germany, announced on Twitter yesterday that it found a buyer, Ippen Digital, which will fold BuzzFeed Germany into its editorial network, while retaining the site’s existing brand and staff.

“Endlich ist es offiziell: Ich freue mich sehr, dass es BuzzFeed Deutschland auch in Zukunft geben wird. Wir sollen unter gleichen Bedingungen weiter unsere Unterhaltung und unseren Journalismus machen. Alle Mitarbeiter*innen behalten ihre Jobs und Verträge, ohne Einbußen.”

Tonight at 8:30, during the March for the Dead  from Brooklyn to Trump Tower, there will be a reading of names of the Co...
08/21/2020
March for the Dead

Tonight at 8:30, during the March for the Dead from Brooklyn to Trump Tower, there will be a reading of names of the Covid-19 dead in NYC based on the Missing Them database compiled by @THECITYNY Columbia Journalism School & @newmarkjschool. Three Stabile alumni are involved in the Missing Them Project Derek Kravitz ('12), Anjali Tsui ('16), Caitlin Antonios ('20.

More than 170,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. And nearly 5.5 million infected. Our grandparents, our fathers and mothers, our sisters and brothers, our neighbors and friends. But the disease alone did not kill them. The pandemic has brought into sharp relief a number of stark realit...

Just 40 miles from Mar-a-Lago, Florida schoolchildren & nearby Black communities are exposed to harmful smoke from burni...
08/21/2020
‘They’re killing people by doing this’ — why students at a school 40 miles from Mar-a-Lago can’t go outside

Just 40 miles from Mar-a-Lago, Florida schoolchildren & nearby Black communities are exposed to harmful smoke from burning sugarcane fields, making them more vulnerable to coronavirus. Good digging by Gilda diCarli (Stabile '16) for Grist and Type Investigations.

This Black Florida community can’t escape sugar industry pollution. Even its school district is in on it.

For more than a year, Molly Taft (Stabile '20) investigated the shocking death of a teenager who was under the care of a...
08/17/2020
Rick Sponaugle Said He Could Help a Teen with Chronic Illness. Her Faith in His Claims May Have Killed Her

For more than a year, Molly Taft (Stabile '20) investigated the shocking death of a teenager who was under the care of a popular alternative medicine doctor – and how the medical system has failed patients like her. This master's project is now on Vice.

A lawsuit filed by the family of Anna Burgess alleges that the alternative doctor prevented her from getting the lifesaving treatment she needed.

08/07/2020
How Florida legally terrorized gay students

Masako Melissa Hirsch (Stabile '14), associate producer for the Vox series, The Missing Chapter, was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding new approaches to documentary. The nominated documentary uses animation, archival records and interviews to tell the little-known story of how Florida terrorized gay students.

The hidden history of a Florida witch hunt. Starting in the 1950s, a Florida state committee spent years stalking, intimidating, and outing hundreds of LGBTQ...

In the very good news department: Congratulations are in order -- Sarah Blaskey (Stabile '17) and Nick Nehamas (Stabile ...
08/06/2020
The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency

In the very good news department: Congratulations are in order -- Sarah Blaskey (Stabile '17) and Nick Nehamas (Stabile '14) , co-authors, along with two other Miami Herald reporters, of a book that's out this week: The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency. https://www.amazon.com/Grifters-Club-Mar-Lago-Presidency/dp/1541756959

The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency

Francesca Regalado (Stabile '19), based in Tokyo for Nikkei, wrote the cover story for the Nikkei Asia Review, on how or...
07/27/2020
Olympics postponement leaves Tokyo 2020 sponsors in the dark

Francesca Regalado (Stabile '19), based in Tokyo for Nikkei, wrote the cover story for the Nikkei Asia Review, on how organizers of the 2020 Olympics have left sponsors and others in the dark.

Uncertainty over how or if the games will be held leaves partners in limbo

Annie Hylton (Stabile '16) just published this wonderful story about the heroic work of Syrian exiles who are gathering ...
07/20/2020
In Plain Sight | Harper's Magazine

Annie Hylton (Stabile '16) just published this wonderful story about the heroic work of Syrian exiles who are gathering evidence to prepare for the day when they will be able to bring cases against high-level perpetrators in Syria.

The search for Syrian war criminals in Europe

Tess Riski (Stabile '19), criminal justice reporter for the Williamette Week,  has been reporting on the deployment of f...
07/20/2020
Federal Officers Appear to Use Rental Cars From Enterprise to Snatch Portland Protesters

Tess Riski (Stabile '19), criminal justice reporter for the Williamette Week, has been reporting on the deployment of federal agents to Portland, long before it became a national story. Her latest is how these agents appear to have used rental cars to snatch protesters.

“Feds don’t drive rental cars,” one attorney said. “Feds drive vehicles with federal license plates.”

Launched today: A repository of local, state and federal public records obtained through open-records requests called Do...
07/13/2020
Documenting COVID-19

Launched today: A repository of local, state and federal public records obtained through open-records requests called Documenting COVID-19. All the records can be downloaded for free and have already been used for numerous stories. This is the brainchild of Derek Kravitz ('13). Helping him are graduates from the Stabile class of 2020, Georgia Gee and Kyra Senese. Support for this project was provided by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation , FRONTLINE PBS, Columbia Journalism School's Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and National Geographic. https://documentingcovid19.io

Documenting COVID-19 is a repository of searchable documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic obtained through state open-records laws and the Freedom of Information Act.

Hibah Ansari ( Stabile '20), sets the record straight. A TV reporter In Minneapolis tells a Muslim woman≈ she was exerci...
07/13/2020
KSTP-TV reporter asks Muslim woman: What’s the difference between a hijab and white supremacist gang regalia?

Hibah Ansari ( Stabile '20), sets the record straight. A TV reporter In Minneapolis tells a Muslim woman≈ she was exercising her right to express herself by wearing a hijab. So were the Aryan bikers who dressed as white supremacists and harassed her. Hibah and the Sahan Journal explain what freedom of speech really means.

Sophia Rashid agreed to tell a KSTP-TV reporter about feeling threatened by an Aryan biker gang in Stillwater. It didn’t go well.

Two recent Stabile graduates, Zak Cassell and Bianca Fortis, were part of this New York Times project tracking Covid-19 ...
07/02/2020
43% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes

Two recent Stabile graduates, Zak Cassell and Bianca Fortis, were part of this New York Times project tracking Covid-19 deaths.

The virus has devastated residents and staff members in more than 12,000 long-term care facilities across the country.

Really proud of the work Stabile alumni have done on THE CITY's project memorializing the thousands who died of the coro...
07/01/2020
How Two Journalism Schools, a Nonprofit Newsroom and a Host of Other Partners Are Working Together…

Really proud of the work Stabile alumni have done on THE CITY's project memorializing the thousands who died of the coronavirus in New York City. This is an uber collaboration involving both the Columbia Journalism School and CUNY's Newmark School as well as so many others, including individuals who volunteered time and information. Take a bow, Derek Kravitz ('13), Anjali Tsui ('16), Elizabeth Picciani ('19), Caitlin Antonios ('20.

Collaboration is the future of journalism and here’s what we’re doing about it

07/01/2020
Alliance for Women in Media

Congratulations, Sarah Fitzpatrick (Stabile '10) for the Gracie Award for the NBC News Investigative Unit's reporting on Jeffrey Epstein.

AWMF congratulates Sophie Kamaruddin on winning this year's Gracie Award for Outstanding Crisis Coverage [Radio - National Syndicated Commercial]! Congratulations to Sophie and the team at Bloomberg Radio!

#TheGracies #CrisisCoverage #Radio #BloombergRadio

Today @Columbia Journalism School, Investigating the Pandemic with four graduates of the Stabile program. Investigating ...
06/29/2020
Investigating The Pandemic

Today @Columbia Journalism School, Investigating the Pandemic with four graduates of the Stabile program.
Investigating The Pandemic
12:00PM-1:30PM
Register here: https://apply.jrn.columbia.edu/register/eventsinvestigatingpandemi062920

Four distinguished graduates of the M.S. Stabile program - Amy Brittain, Caroline Chen, Derek Kravitz, and Nick Nehamas - who are at the forefront of accountability reporting on the pandemic will talk about their work with Stabile Program Director and Dean of Academic Affairs Sheila Coronel. The short bios below have links to these journalists' stories that attendees may want to read in advance.

Amy Brittain ('10 M.S. Stabile), is a reporter for The Washington Post's investigative team, and recently exposed the secrecy and inflated claims of the Trump administration's Project Airbridge, designed to bring protective equipment to pandemic hotspots. She was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that reported on fatal police shootings around the country.

Caroline Chen ('13 M.S. Stabile), is a health reporter for ProPublica, where she is on the forefront of the coronavirus coverage. Chen has covered pandemics before and last month summed up, what we've learned from the 100,000 who have died in the U.S. This year, she won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Derek Kravitz ('13 M.S. Stabile), formerly ProPublica's research director, built the Covid-19
FOIA Repository and is also helping THE CITY memorialize New York City's 21,000 coronavirus dead. Many stories have come out of the FOIA repository, including this one on meatpacking plants that Kravitz co-wrote for The New York Times.

Nick Nehamas ('14 M.S. Stabile) is an investigative reporter at The Miami Herald and part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for the Panama Papers. He has written about offshore accounts, corruption, and lately, how Florida has responded to the pandemic and also how cruise ships sailed on despite the coronavirus.

 

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