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Ravitch Program Awards Hurricane-Related Reporting Grants

  • By Ellen Lai
Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times

The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program continues its support of in-depth reporting on the aftermath of the recent hurricanes with grants to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo in Puerto Rico.

The Caller-Times, a part of The USA TODAY Network, will receive $10,000 to probe the fiscal and economic impact of Hurricane Harvey on South Texas, which is heavily dependent on tourism. The Caller-Times expects to publish at least four stories in the early months of 2018 tracking relief funds, the effort to rebuild in time for the crucial spring tourism season, as well as the long-term effects for the communities. The grant will pay for the hiring of additional reporting resources, support for data, and money for travel to the affected areas.

The Centro de Periodismo Investigativo will investigate the fiscal options for Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria has completely upended the financial plan proposed under the Promesa restructuring law. Publication is expected in early in 2018 near the 100-day anniversary of the hurricane’s landing. The $15,000 grant will pay for the hiring of a reporter and data journalist and to pay for visual elements as well as travel and related expenses.

Earlier, the Ravitch program provided a $20,000 grant to the non-profit news site the Texas Tribune for coverage of the fiscal impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and the state of Texas. The Tribune has already published four stories funded by the grant with the expectation of several more by the grant’s expiration in 2018.

The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program provides support for ambitious and in-depth fiscally oriented reporting. The projects funded so far can be viewed here.

To apply for a grant, fill out the application here or contact director Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu.