How to improve your investigative journalism skills

Giannina Segnini, director of the Master of Science Data Journalism Program at Columbia University in New York, in conversation with multimedia journalist Kelly Ng.

Giannina Segnini is a multiple award-winning  data journalist who has worked in investigative reporting for more than 30 years. 

Up until February 2014, she led a team of journalists and computer engineers at La Nacion, Costa Rica’s newspaper. Her team produced investigative stories by poring through public databases and their work led to the prosecutions of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public servants, including three former presidents.

She went on to lead the data team which developed the data platform for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and which processed the Offshore Leaks and Panama Papers for ICIJ. 

Giannina has trained journalists across the Americas in data journalism. She is one of the five founding members of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) and has received several international prizes for her work. She now serves as director of the Master of Science Data Journalism Program at Columbia University in New York.

In this podcast, Giannina is in conversation with one of her former students, Kelly Ng. Kelly is a correspondent with The Business Times in Singapore, where she covers banking, finance and legal news. 

Kelly recently returned to Singapore from New York, where she worked as a freelance journalist and producer while furthering her studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. During that time, she directed and produced Curtain Up!, a documentary about a Asian-American kids doing musical theatre in New York’s Chinatown.

Here, Giannina and Kelly share thoughts on what makes a great investigative journalist, and how journalism as a sector needs to connect more effectively with audiences on issues like racism and misinformation.

Kelly Ng

Kelly Ng

Correspondent, The Business Times, Singapore