The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, offers Fellowships to accomplished journalists. Nearly three dozen veteran journalists have been awarded grants of up to $15,000 since 2014.
The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support high-impact, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy, finance and business. In an age when many news organizations no longer have the resources to tackle complex, time-consuming stories, the Fellowships enable experienced journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a serious piece of investigative or enterprise journalism.
The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant investigative or enterprise story that provides fresh insight into an important business, financial or economic topic. The McGraw Center accepts applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and encourages proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package. This is not a residency Fellowship, however. All Fellows work from their own offices.
The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. It works with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. It also assists with placing the articles in established print, radio or digital outlets. The stories run on the McGraw Center website as well.
The McGraw Center looks for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.
Applications are generally accepted twice a year. Upcoming fellowships are Winter 2020 and Summer 2020 fellowship respectively.
Selected candidates will be provided with the following benefits.
- The Fellowship provides a grant of up to $15,000 for each project.
- The exact amount will depend on the time it takes to complete the project and the expenses needed.
- Freelance journalists may also use some of the funding as a stipend for living expenses during the Fellowship.
Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements.
- The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism.
- Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization or a journalism non-profit, may apply.
- Candidates should also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.
- Apply online through the given link.
- Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. It can be thought of as a pitch. The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. The proposal should also point out the novelty of the significant stories on the subject. Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and let the McGraw Center know if a media outlet is lined up to run the story.
- Applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases the applicant’s ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium.
- A resume and references from two editors or others familiar with the applicant’s work are to be provided.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link