Giannina Segnini is the Chair in Data Journalism at the Knight Foundation and the Director of the new Data Journalism degree at Columbia Journalism School. Until February 2014, she led a team of journalists and computer engineers fully dedicated to unfolding investigative stories by analyzing and visualizing public databases.
Since 1994, Segnini has led the Investigative Unit at La Nación, highly recognized for its impact. More than fifty criminal cases against politicians, businessmen and officials have been originated by its revelations. Since 2000, Segnini has trained hundreds of journalists on investigative journalism and database journalism in Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia.
She 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.
For the last decade, Segnini has been a speaker 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. Segnini is coaching 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).