We’ve seen over and over again the impact deeply-reported stories that “follow the money” can have in bringing questionable practices to light. Recent examples have highlighted the obstacles in obtaining medical supplies and government-backed loans in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
For many journalists, however, devoting the time and resources needed for such projects has become increasingly difficult – particularly amidst a new wave of layoffs and cutbacks in the news industry.
That’s where the McGraw Center for Business Journalism can play a role.
Applications are now open for the Summer 2020 McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Awarded twice a year, the fellowships worth up to $15,000 each provide experienced journalists working in any medium 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 deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. Find more information and an application on the McGraw Center website.
Previous McGraw fellows have explored a wide variety of topics – and you don’t need to be a business reporter to qualify. Many of our fellows have been generalists, or they cover health care, the environment, or other beats. Here are a few examples of their work:
- Is getting pregnant “medically necessary” right now? MIT Technology Review
- When Big Tech Goes Green, Taxpayers Help Foot the Bill Bloomberg Businessweek
- Company insiders are selling stock during buybacks and making additional profits when stock prices jump. And it’s legal. Washington Post
- Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure. USA Today
- How the Norcross Political Machine Muscled In On Prime Real Estate in New Jersey’s Poorest City WNYC & ProPublica
- New Workers of the World: Capturing the voices of workers facing unprecedented change Bloomberg Businessweek
- The Race to Zero Emissions Quartz
- Who’s behind the Chinese takeover of the world’s biggest pork producer? PBS NewsHour
The McGraw Center for Business Journalism was established at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism 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.
McGraw Center for Business Journalism