Deadline: June 30, 2018
The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2018 is now open for applications. The aim of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is to support in-depth, ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the global economy and business. The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant story or series that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, an initiative of the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, began offering Fellowships to accomplished business journalists in the summer of 2014. 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 Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. They work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. They also assist with placing the articles. In some cases, they partner with established print, radio or digital outlets; in others they will publish them as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories also run on the McGraw Center website.
The stipend — $5,000 a month for up to three months — is intended to cover travel and research expenses incurred in reporting the stories and to assist with the Fellows’ living expenses. Where travel or other expenses are exceptionally high, they will consider covering additional expenses approved in advance.
- 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, may apply.
- They accept applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and they encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package.
- They’ll look 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.
Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.
Applications will generally be accepted twice a year — in the summer and late fall. The next deadline will be June 30, 2018. Winter 2019 applications will be due December 15, 2018.
Complete the online form.
For more information, visit McGraw Fellowship.