Deadline: September 30, 2021
Applications for the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism – Fall 2021 are now open. 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.
They accept applications for in-depth text, audio and short-form video pieces. Unfortunately, they cannot support long-form documentaries at this time. They encourage proposals that take advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package. This is not a residency Fellowship. Even outside of the current pandemic, all McGraw Fellows work from their own offices.
Are you a journalist with a great idea for a story that “Follows the Money,” but no funds to get it done? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.
- 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 use some of the funding as a stipend for living expenses during the Fellowship.
- 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.
- Applicants should submit a well-focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form. Think of it as pitch, much like you would submit to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station: give them enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid.
- 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 note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ. Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and let us know if a media outlet is lined up to run the story.
- In addition, applicants should enclose three journalism samples. The samples should be professionally published work that showcases your ability to tackle an in-depth story in the proposed medium. Also provide them with a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work. If getting references is a problem, please contact McGraw Center to discuss alternatives.
For more information, visit McGraw Fellowship.