Davey Alba, M.A. Program Alumna, Wins 2019 Livingston and Mirror Awards

We are proud to share that a BuzzFeed News story by Columbia Journalism School Master of Arts Program alumna Davey Alba has been awarded the 2019 Livingston Award for International Reporting and the 2019 Mirror Award for Best Story on Journalists or Journalism in Peril. 

Alba, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts Program, Science Concentration and Senior Technology Reporter for BuzzFeed News, was honored for her September 2018 story "How Duterte Used Facebook to Fuel the Philippine Drug War,” a deeply reported investigation of how President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime weaponized Facebook to spread fake news, imprison dissenters, and murder Filipinos.

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which are a program of Wallace House at the University of Michigan, are one of the most prestigious honors for professional journalists under the age of 35 and are the largest all-media, general reporting prizes in American journalism. The Mirror Awards, established by Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, are one of the most important awards for recognizing excellence in media industry reporting. 

Columbia Journalism School's one-of-a-kind, nine-month Master of Arts Program uses the world-class resources of Columbia University and New York City to train experienced journalists to go deeper and equips them with subject-area expertise in one of four concentrations (Arts & CultureBusiness & EconomicsPolitics, and Science), so they can explain complicated issues to the public. In the video below, Davey Alba discusses her experience in the M.A. Program. 

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