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Elias Isaac McIntyre, whose mother died giving birth to him, sits looks at his father’s computer during a conference call with reproductive-justice advocates and birth workers. Photo by Teresa Cebrián

By Teresa Cebrián Aranda

BRONX, NEW YORK — For Bruce McIntyre, time seems to have stopped almost eight months ago. A large chalkboard calendar in his kitchen says it’s April 2020, the month that turned his life upside down. Every day, McIntyre, 29, feeds his newborn baby Elias with breast milk from donor women because his partner, Amber Rose Isaac, died after giving birth to their son on April 21.

“If Amber was white she would definitely be here,” McIntyre said.

Isaac, who was 26, died after delivering her baby during an emergency cesarean section. Four days before she died…

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Mil Mundos bookstore in Bushwick, Brooklyn. While the doors remain closed due to Covid-19, books and other items can still be purchased through the front window or online. Photo by Gabriela Canal

By Gabriella Canal

Until she was 6 years old, Maya Castrejon grew up next to a small deli on Linden Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Then, in the spring of 2019, the cans of beans and bags of rice that once stocked the shelves of the storefront were replaced with colorful book covers that spoke of familiar and foreign histories, Mother Earth, “malcriadas,” and more. The sign above the front entrance read “Mil Mundos,” a thousand worlds.

“I remember Maya walked in and was like ‘oh my god,’” said Maria Herron, founder of Mil Mundos, a community center and Bushwick’s first…

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Mannequins stored in the DK Display showroom in downtown Manhattan. Photo by Sara Kim Hopkins

By Sara Kim Hopkins

One of New York’s oldest mannequin manufacturers may close its doors after being in business for more than a century. The four years leading up to 2020 were some of the best for Bernstein Display, but since the pandemic shut down the economy in the spring, it has experienced a 74 percent drop in sales, said Mitch Bernstein, the company’s CEO.

“If we don’t make changes, we’re out of business,” Bernstein said.

New York is considered a capital for mannequin business. Companies such as Berstein’s rely on “brick and mortar” clothing stores as clients, and he…

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Photo by Anna Mutoh

By Anna Mutoh

Hundreds of protestors marched along Fifth Avenue Wednesday to demand that every vote be counted, as President Trump moved to halt the vote count in three states.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was ahead of Trump, with four states yet to be called Wednesday night.

“We are here tonight to make certain that the world knows that we’re watching and that we will not allow him to get away with undermining democracy,” said Robert Croonquist, 72, who carried a sign saying, “Defend democracy. Count Every vote!” as his friend Michi Takeuchi pushed him in a wheelchair.


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The journalism school is proud to announce the launch of Columbia News Service, featuring stories by students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The stories, available for reprint by other sites and news organizations under the guidelines here, are prepared by students and edited by faculty before publication.

We invite you to browse the site and contact us if you have any suggestions, questions or comments. The most efficient way is to email You may also leave a message at 212-854-6550.

Please note: All of the stories, pictures and graphics on this site are the work of…

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Early voting lines wrapped around the block at the Jackie Robinson Education Complex in East Harlem Saturday. Photo by Randi Richardson

By Rachel Bailey

New Yorkers stood and sat in lines that wrapped around school buildings and athletic arenas and stretched down city blocks Saturday, waiting to cast early ballots in a presidential election for the first time in state history.

Just after 10 a.m., poll workers inside Columbia University’s Forum building in West Harlem could be seen stirring through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. A moment later, two uniformed New York City police officers thrust open the door.

“Are you ready?” the senior officer shouted.

“Yeah!” came the reply. Applause broke out as the first voter in line, a gray-haired woman…

Collaboration is the future of journalism and here’s what we’re doing about it

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MISSING THEM is an ambitious collaborative journalism project working to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to COVID-19, which has killed over 22,000 residents. Few names, faces and stories have been shared.

By Columbia Journalism School, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and THE CITY

By the time journalists from THE CITY and the Columbia Journalism School started discussing an idea to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to the coronavirus, about 3,000 lives had already been lost.

That was early April. It was a number — even at an early stage — that made the project seem too ambitious for a single newsroom to execute.

As the numbers grew daily, it became clear that remembering every New Yorker who died due to the coronavirus would need to embrace collaboration…

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Instagram influencer Brittany Benson, with some eco-cleaning products produced by a firm that she partnered with during COVID.

By Sasha Jones

As COVID-19 spread across the country, lifestyle blogger and Instagram influencer Brittany Benson received a shipment from Vital Proteins. This was her second package during the pandemic from the company, which sells vitamin and nutrition supplements.

“We know that everything is a little crazy in the world right now and wanted to show you that we’re thinking about you, your health and wellness — and we’re of course here if you need anything,” said the April 3 message from the company, which accompanied the package.

Three days later, in exchange for the free shipment and paid partnership…

Un Sobrino y Tio Enfrentan las Nuevas Reglas de la Vida en Cuarentena

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Ilustración de Bernardo Montes de Oca

Por Bernardo Montes de Oca

Conocí a mi sobrino a través de una pantalla cuando nos separaban miles de kilómetros. Presencié su crecimiento hasta la actualidad, a través de videos y fotografías que mostraban ese fenómeno interesantísimo de los bebés en donde cambian día a día. Un día se parecen a la mamá y otro día al papá, al abuelo, a la abuela. Sus facciones cambian conforme cambia el clima, el humor, la luna.

Conforme se fueron acercando los meses de enero y febrero, la idea de…

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A prototype bottle for the abortion pill, known as RU-486. The bottle is from the 1980s. Photo by Lauren Mascarenhas

By Abigail Brone

Dr. Beverly Winikoff sits in her glass-walled office on 42nd Street overlooking Midtown, Manhattan, figuring out how women can get abortions at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has led some states to declare them a nonessential medical procedure.

On the walls and on the shelves are mementos of her four decades of work helping women get better access to abortions and reproductive health. Prototype pill bottles and a plaque commemorating the FDA approval of mifepristone, dated September 28, 2000, sit on bookshelves, among biology textbooks and photographs of her daughters.

Throughout her career she’s conducted clinical…

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