Projects

Launched July 6, 2020 Melba Newsome
Charlotte ranks dead last among larger cities in terms of upward mobility. This project looks at COVID-19's disproportionate impact on the city's Black population in several areas.
Launched June 30, 2020 Anna-Catherine Brigida, Emily Kinskey
COVID-19 + the Trump Administration + an already broken asylum system = a total disaster.
Launched June 25, 2020 Vanessa Colón Almenas, Víctor L. Rodríguez
Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) investigated the ways COVID-19 affects Puerto Rican communities in the US.
Launched June 25, 2020 Alex Gary, Eric Berger
In partnership with local media organizations across Illinois, this project elevates the stories of “Prairie State” museums and their inherent community and economic value as they face the COVID crisis.
Launched June 25, 2020 Tom Laffay
Adiela, a Siona Indigenous leader, follows the spiritual guidance of her elders and clears landmines from her ancestral territory in the Colombian Amazon, in hope that her people may some day return.
Launched June 22, 2020 Lydia Chávez, Sindya Bhanoo
With the economy in crisis because of the pandemic, survival is a day-to-day struggle for millions of undocumented Americans and Latinx immigrants living below the poverty line.
Launched June 15, 2020 William H. Freivogel
The 1857 Project tells the story of race in St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois. The 1857 Dred Scott decision denying blacks humanity and the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates were the prelude to Civil War.
Launched June 13, 2020 Kenneth R. Rosen
Italy, a country whose history is rife with pandemics and once the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Europe, offers harsh lessons in containment, testing, and economic salvation.
Launched June 8, 2020 Maria de los Angeles Ramírez, Fabiola Ferrero
This multi-media project focuses on the evolution of mining in Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Amazon, using geolocation to identify mining sites and environmental impact.
Launched June 5, 2020 Pooyan Tabatabaei, Yasaman Dehmiyani
"Walking on a Blade" exposes the invisible threats, the risks, and struggles of daily workers trying to survive amidst the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran.
Launched June 5, 2020 Gurvinder Singh
Land rights have always been a tricky issue in Bengal, and women are at the risk of losing their land rights because of illiteracy. However, technology has been helping them to maintain land ownership.
Launched June 3, 2020 Fredrick Mugira, Annika McGinnis
As the world tries to contain COVID-19 pandemic, how are already-vulnerable and water-scarce communities in Nile River basin containing the disease while ensuring local economies do not collapse?
Launched June 1, 2020 Lina Abou-Habib , Mohammad Aburumman
The project examines the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on countries in the Middle East that were facing existential and often tragic realities, even before the virus imposed its own challenges.
Launched June 1, 2020 Sabrina Shankman
Sabrina Shankman reports on the growing fears of residents in South Portland, Maine, as they try to solve a mystery: Are the fumes manating from storage tanks of the nation's easternmost oil port harming their kids?
Launched May 29, 2020 Chace Beech, Hayley Smith
The Los Angeles Times is profiling victims in California of the COVID-19 pandemic, both to memorialize them and better understand the virus.
Launched May 28, 2020 Olufunmilayo Habibat Obadofin, Jacopo Ottaviani
African scientists, researchers, and data journalists come together to focus on the big picture of coronavirus in Africa, identifying the most vulnerable communities and analyzing the healthcare system.
Launched May 20, 2020 Ángel Alayón, Oscar Marcano
Venezuelans are facing a complex humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations, the Latin American country is among those at highest risk to be overwhelmed by COVID-19.
Launched May 19, 2020 Brett Forrest, Brian Ryu
Victoria Isaacson, a 22-year-old wheelchair fencer, is trying to qualify for the Paralympics while overcoming the adversity of a degenerative disease, mounting debt, and a worldwide pandemic.
Launched May 18, 2020 Eric Adelson
In 2016, the number of unaccompanied homeless youth reached 100,000 for the first time ever, and experts suggest official numbers are much higher. With school out indefinitely during the coronavirus crisis, the race is on to find these "Hidden Homeless" and help them.
Launched May 14, 2020 Abir Kopty, Lama Rabah
An Arabic-language news podcast by Sowt Podcasting, focusing on COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Depending on the vowels, Almostajad is the name used for the coronavirus and also means ‘the latest.’
Launched May 14, 2020 Dustin Jones
Since leaving the service, Dustin Jones, USMC veteran and filmmaker, has lost more friends to suicide than he did in combat. Jones, a Columbia Journalism School Reporting Fellow, follows Marine veteran Bill Kirner as he struggles with PTSD and suicide.
Launched May 14, 2020 Paula Bronstein
Paula Bronstein's focus is Ukraine's vulnerable, fragile elderly population trapped by an endless war that sees their lives frozen by conflict, impoverished, living in dilapidated homes.
Launched May 12, 2020 Didier Makal
Redwood is in high demand in China and at risk of extinction.
Launched May 2, 2020 Musuk Nolte
Multimedia reportage focused on the most vulnerable communities in the city of Lima, facing the COVID-19 with limited or no access to water.