Journalist Profile

Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini, Costa Rica and United States, is currently Director of the Master of Science Data Concentration Program at the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York.

Until February 2014, Segnini headed a team of journalists and computer engineers at Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion. The team was fully dedicated to unfold investigative stories by gathering, analyzing and visualizing public databases. Her team processed the data and developed the interactive application for the 2013 OffshoreLeaks database. She also participated in ICIJ’s Panama Papers project.

Segnini has been an active ICIJ member since 2007 and member of its board of advisers since 2015. Segnini is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), Global Editors Network (GEN), Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) and the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation.

Her work has garnered the Maria Moors Cabot Award (2014), the Excellence Award from the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation (2013), the Spanish Ortega y Gasset Prize (2005), the award for Best Journalistic Investigation of a Corruption Case for Latin America and the Caribbean (2005, 2006 and 2009), the highest Costa Rican award in journalism, the Pío Víquez Prize (2013) and the Jorge Vargas Gene Award, Costa Rica’s National Journalism Award (2000, 2003 and 2004), among others.

Segnini was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2001-2002) and graduated as a Journalist at the University of Costa Rica. She is member of the jury for the Global Data Journalism Awards (GEN), the Gabriel García Márquez Awards and the Best Journalistic Investigation of a Corruption Case for Latin America and the Caribbean Awards. In the past decade she has also lectured as a guest speaker at a number of international conferences on data investigative journalism and corruption, has served as a consultant for academic and international organizations, and has trained hundreds of journalists at leading media outlets around the world.

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