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The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

July 31, 2020

Do you - or a reporter you know - have a great idea for an investigative or enterprise story on an important business or financial topic, but few resources to get it done?

If so, the McGraw Center for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.

Grants up to $15K for Investigative & Enterprise Business Reporting  — Apply by July 31, 2020

From the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning series on predatory lending in the taxi industry, to the many recent stories highlighting the obstacles in obtaining medical supplies and government-backed loans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen the impact deeply-reported stories that “Follow the Money” can have in bringing questionable practices to light.

For many journalists, however, devoting the time and resources needed for such projects has become increasingly difficult – particularly amidst a new wave of layoffs and cutbacks in the news industry.

That’s where the McGraw Center for Business Journalism can play a role.

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the Summer 2020 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. The Fellowships, awarded twice a year, provide experienced journalists with funds and editorial support to produce high-impact investigative and enterprise stories on critical issues related to the U.S. economy, finance or business.

The upcoming deadline to apply is July 31, 2020

  • Each Fellow receives a grant of up to $15,000
  • No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices
  • Fellowships are open to both freelance and staff journalists with at least five years experience
  • Applications accepted from both reporters and editors
  • Applications in any type of media — print, audio, video and digital — will be considered

Previous McGraw Fellows have explored a wide variety of topics — and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many have been generalists, or follow heath care, the environment, or other beats. Others have focused on issues such as economic justice or corporate accountability. Here are a few examples of their work:

If you’d like to join them, you’ll find more information, an FAQ, and the application at If you have a project you’d like to discuss, you can contact us at Applications for Summer 2020 Fellowship are due July 31, 2020 (please note change from earlier date of 7/17/20). Winter 2021 applications will be due January 15, 2021.

The McGraw Center for Business Journalism was established at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2014 by the family of the late Harold W. McGraw, Jr., former chairman and CEO of McGraw-Hill and long-time publisher of BusinessWeek magazine. The Center is dedicated to enhancing the depth and quality of business and economic news coverage through training, student scholarships and support for veteran journalists.

The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in midtown Manhattan is the only publicly supported graduate journalism school in the Northeast. Led by Dean Sarah Bartlett, the School offers three 16 month Master’s degree programs: an M.A. in Journalism, Spanish Language Journalism, or Social Journalism.

Jane Sasseen
Executive Director
McGraw Center for Business Journalism