Grants up to $15K for High-Impact Economic Reporting Apply by July 17, 2020

From the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning series on predatory lending in the taxi industry and the Seattle Times’ Polk Award honored exposé of the close ties between Boeing and FAA leaders that led to design changes blamed for two fatal crashes of the 737 Max jet, to the many recent stories by publications across the country highlighting the difficulties of 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 and publications, however, devoting the time and resources needed for such projects has become increasingly difficult – particularly amidst a new wave of layoffs and cutbacks caused by plummeting ad revenues.

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

If you — or a reporter you know — have a great idea for an investigative or enterprise story on an important  economic, financial or business topic, but few resources to get it done, the McGraw Center would like to hear from you.

Applications are now open 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 the funds and editorial support needed to produce high-impact stories on critical issues related to the U.S. economy, business or finance.

The upcoming deadline to apply is July 17, 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 in any type of media — print, audio, video and digital — will be considered

What kind of stories do we support? Previous McGraw Fellows have explored a wide variety of topics — and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many of our Fellows have been generalists, or follow heath care, the environment or other beats. Here are a few examples:

If you’d like to join them, you’ll find more information, an FAQ, and the application at www.mcgrawcenter.org. You can contact us with further questions or a project you’d like to discuss at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu. Applications for Summer 2020 Fellowship are due July 17th, 2020. 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