2014 Master’s Projects

Check out the 2014 Columbia Journalism School Masters Projects in audio and audio hybrid form below. You can also find the projects by clicking on the menu at the top of this page.


Beatboxing with the New School

by Pierre Bienaime

In New York, many still hold dreams of making a living through the art of beatboxing. That’s the use of one’s mouth, and sometimes a microphone, to mimic the sounds usually made by drum kits and other instruments. As for any niche spectacle, the road to professional beatboxing isn’t easy. But it is there.


Diverging from Chick Lit: Teen Girls and Violent Young Adult Sci-Fi

by Caroline Ballard

The movie Divergent, released in March, is just the most recent book-to-movie franchise based off of dystopian Young Adult novels. It follows in the footsteps of The Hunger Games, the best-seller and blockbuster, and both feature death matches, war, and violence. Teen fans? They eat it up.


Incubate NYC: Incubators for Economic Development

by Lara McCaffrey

The Bronx in New York City is known as an artistic incubator—home of legendary hip hop artists and avant garde graffiti. In the business world, incubators have another meaning: they are places to foster entrepreneurs, build technology and create new jobs. In New York, that kind of innovation is associated with Manhattan’s Silicon Alley, not with the economically depressed neighborhoods of the Bronx. But now, the Bronx has its first business incubator.


Love and Intimacy on the Spectrum

by Aparna Alluri

We all need a little help when it comes to dating. Some people are great at starting a conversation with a stranger. They are comfortable asking a friend out. But a lot of people are shy or anxious in such situations. It’s especially hard for people with autism.. because they face a different set of challenges. Aparna Alluri finds out what those challenges are and how they can be overcome.


On the Map: How digital maps are changing the way people interact with and think about New York City

by Matt Collette

Digital maps — like the ones you’d find on your smartphone or computer — are now far more common than paper ones. And their prevalence is dramatically changing the way we interact with the world we live in.


Same-Sex Couples and Their Families: The New Normality

by Claire Pires

There are over 110,000 same-sex couples raising children in the United States. Claire Pires sat down with four same-sex couples, including her two moms, to hear how they decided to have children and what it’s been like to raise kids during this pivotal time for LGBT people.


Scraping by or making bank: The highs and lows of NYC’s job market

by Sven Carlsson

For over three years now, the US economy has been creating around a hundred thousand jobs per month – but what kind of work are we talking about? A breakdown of wage categories shows that the labor market is growing at two extremes: where pay is high, and where people are scraping by. This trend has gone on since the 1980’s and it’s become even more apparent since the last recession. Our reporter Sven Carlsson met the haves and have-nots of the New York City job market.


The New Middle Class in NYC

by Hilary Brueck

NYC’s middle class is shrinking. What’s the secret of the lucky few who are still making it in?

In a city where one percent of the population owns a third of the city’s wealth, the old routes of hard work and higher education aren’t cutting it. So what is?

Meet four New Yorkers using innovative ideas and new technology to get — and stay — in the middle class.


Unintentional Pioneer

by Lene Bech Sillesen

The Internet was invented all the way back in the 1960’s as a communications tool for scientists. But it was only twenty years ago that the network, as we know it today, became accessible to the general public. And even then, the earliest users were mostly people with technical skills, working in research institutions. The non-techies – people who just stumbled across the Internet and decided to embrace it – were real pioneers, paving the way for today’s bloggers, e-chatters, and social media mavens, 20 years later.


Test Early and Often

by Will Huntsberry

(and check out the version of Will’s story that ran on WNYC here.)


The Evolution of DJ Culture in NYC

by Felice Leon


Virginie Finds Peace

by Marie Shabaya

Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, Virginie, a survivor living in New York City, reflects.