FRONTLINE and Newmark J-School Announce 2024 Tow Journalism Fellow

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

(New York, New York) – February 12, 2024 — FRONTLINE, PBS’s flagship investigative documentary series produced at GBH in Boston, and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, are pleased to announce that Max Maldonado has been selected as the series’ 2024 Tow Journalism Fellow. The year-long position is funded by The Tow Foundation.

Maldonado received his master’s in 2022 from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where he reported on healthcare disparities including air pollution in the Bronx and the fading wetlands of Staten Island. He focused on documentary filmmaking with a concentration in health and science reporting.

Over the course of his fellowship, Maldonado will have the opportunity to work alongside FRONTLINE’s filmmaking teams to aid in the development of the series’ acclaimed documentaries. This work will include contributing to the research and development of stories, reporting out leads, wrangling and analyzing data, helping set up interviews and shoots, as well as various tasks as documentaries undergo editing, vetting and post-production. He’ll also have opportunities to contribute to FRONTLINE projects on other platforms — including the series’ Local Journalism Initiative, which supports local news outlets producing investigative journalism projects, as well as pursuing and crafting shorter-turnaround digital stories for FRONTLINE’s website.

“Over the years, our Tow Journalism Fellows have established themselves as an essential part of FRONTLINE’s reporting team, working side-by-side with producers on some of our most in-depth and complex investigations,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s editor-in-chief and executive producer. “I’m so pleased to welcome Max to our team and look forward to seeing the great work that he will do. We’re thrilled to continue our journalism fellowship with the Newmark J-School and grateful to The Tow Foundation for their generous support of FRONTLINE’s journalism and public media mission.”

“Max Maldonado’s dedication to explore crises at the heart of health and the environment is a testament to the kind of public service journalism our graduates pursue,” said Graciela Mochkofsky, dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. “One good example is his coverage of sugarcane burning in Florida and its impact on low income communities. We are delighted he will continue to do important work with the great team at FRONTLINE, and proud of our partnership with them and the Tow Foundation.”

Continue here to read the full announcement.