The New York World focuses on producing data-driven investigative projects.

There’s an increasing interest in data journalism and how news organizations can analyze data to find stories that would otherwise go unnoticed. The New York World seeks to tap new data sources and utilize innovative techniques, often in partnership with other news organizations, to find stories that deepen public understanding of the issues facing New York.

The New York World is published by Columbia Journalism School, and named for school founder Joseph Pulitzer’s groundbreaking newspaper of the same name. Our reporters are graduates of the Journalism School, on year long post-graduate appointments.

The New York World was inspired in part by News 21, a nationwide effort to teach, challenge, and prepare the next generation of news industry leaders. Columbia’s Journalism School was one of twelve universities that participated in News21. News21 was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation as part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on Journalism Education.


New York World Project Grants

The New York World is offering grants to selected members of the Columbia Journalism School class of 2014 and recent alumni to undertake data reporting projects focused on New York City, for publication on the World website and with partner media outlets.

Projects may be a single work or series on a timely topic of public interest and must utilize data as a central element.

Proposed projects must address questions connected to public policy, the behavior of public individuals and the actions of public institutions. Reporting on private groups like nonprofits and corporations will also be supported where their actions affect the public welfare. Reporting on state institutions in Albany and elsewhere will be considered if they have an impact on public policy or the welfare of city residents.

Applicants must have some experience with data journalism, including data acquisition, cleanup and analysis. Skills in coding and visualization are helpful but not required.

Grantees will receive up to $10,000, depending on complexity and time needed for completion, as well as reimbursement for expenses related to reporting.

Please submit proposals via email to nyworld@thenewyorkworld.com describing the proposed project, reporting plan, amount of time expected for completion and expected work product(s). Applications should also include a resume and two links to relevant work samples. Proposals may be submitted at any time.

Subjects covered by New York World reporters have included the justice system, the urban environment, legislative redistricting, health care, the city budget, campaign finance, school safety, public space, access to government data, and the conduct and ethics of public officials.

Examples of past New York World data projects and media outlets that have featured them include:

“How Dirty Is Your Supermarket?” interactive

Featured on Gizmodo, Digg, NY Daily NewsDNAinfo, Business Insider and elsewhere


Official data underreports rampant violence in city jails

The New York World Homicide Map

Featured in the New York Post


The Mayoral Matrix

Featured on NY1 program “The Road to City Hall”


Rate New York City’s privately owned public spaces

Featured on WNYC radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show


The Lawmakers’ List

Featured on the New York Times editorial page


  • Reporter
    Emmanuel Felton
    Emmanuel Felton is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he was a fellow in the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he was a researcher and writer with the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is a graduate of Emory University. Email him at emmanuel.felton@thenewyorkworld.com or follow him on Twitter @emmanuelfelton.
  • Reporter
    Sebastien Malo
    Sebastien Malo covers City Hall and elections for the New York World. Sebastien's work has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Daily News and La Presse, in Canada. He was previously a staff journalist at the Beirut Daily Star in Lebanon where he reported on foreign policy as well as general assignment stories. Email him at sebastien.malo@thenewyorkworld.com, and follow him on Twitter @SebastienMalo.
  • Reporter
    Claire Moses
    Claire Moses covers transportation, parks and development for The New York World. Previously she worked as reporter for the Jersey Journal and as local editor for Patch in Hoboken, where she covered, local politics, schools and breaking news. Claire worked as a Knight Foundation fellow for News21 after earning an MS from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2009. Email her at claire.moses@thenewyorkworld.com or follow her on Twitter @clairemoses.