Offshore leaks, Lux leaks, Swiss leaks, Bahamas leaks, and the Panama Papers—all have one thing in common: they were all uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Giannina Segnini and Mar Cabra explain how this global network of muckrakers uses technology to deal with big data and find cross-border stories that have worldwide impact.
Giannina Segnini is currently the director of the Data Concentration program at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Previously, Giannina led a team of journalists and computer engineers fully dedicated to unfolding investigative stories by analyzing and visualizing public databases. Since 1994, she has led the Investigative unit at La Nación; its revelations have led to more than 50 criminal cases against politicians, businessmen, and officials. She also coaches cross-border investigations in Latin America and is part of the grand jury for the first Global Award on Data Journalism (Global Editors Network/Google).
Giannina has trained hundreds of journalists on investigative journalism and database journalism in Latin America, the US, Europe, and Asia and has served as trainer and consultant for several media and academic organizations such as the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York, News International in the UK, the Icelandic and Finnish Association of Investigative Journalism, O Globo and Folha de São Paulo in Brazil, El Tiempo in Colombia, El Nacional and Cadena Capriles in Venezuela, El Periódico and Siglo XXI in Guatemala, the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, Freedom House, Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), USAID, and Grupo de Diarios de América. She frequently speaks at high-level international conferences on investigative journalism, such as the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, the International Anti-Corruption Conference held by Transparency International, the International Press Institute (IPI), the News World Summit, and the Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism.
Mar Cabra is the head of the Data and Research unit at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which produces the organization’s key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. Mar fell in love with data while a Fulbright scholar and fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. Since then, she’s promoted data journalism in her native Spain, cocreating the first ever master’s degree in investigative reporting, data journalism, and visualization as well as the national data journalism conference, which gathers more than 500 people every year. She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+, and LaSexta Noticias), and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, PBS, El País, and El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. In 2012, she received the Spanish Larra Award, given to the country’s most promising journalist under 30.
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