McGraw Center for Business Journalism Offers Up to $15,000 Fellowship for In-depth Business Reporting

A new initiative established at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism will offer fellowships of up to $15,000 to experienced business journalists starting this spring.

mcgraw center post picThe McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism supports in-depth coverage of crucial issues related to the global economy and business.

A key goal of the fellowship is to enable journalists to do the comprehensive reporting required to produce substantial pieces of investigative, analytic or narrative journalism that is lacking at a time when many news organizations can not afford to tackle complex and time-consuming investigative stories.

The fellowship is open to those with at least five years professional experience in journalism, including freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization.

The fellowship will provide editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce significant work that provides fresh insight into an important business or economic topic.

Applications are now being accepted for long-form print or radio pieces and will later will be expanded to include multimedia, data and video projects.

Typical award grants are $5,000 a month for one to three months. Applicants are selected based upon proven ability to report and execute complex projects in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their piece.

The McGraw Center will provide editorial supervision during the fellowship and will work with fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and will edit the completed stories. The center will also assist with placing the articles.

In some cases, the center will partner with established print, radio or digital outlets stories will be published as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories will also run on the McGraw Center website.

Fellowship applicants should submit a focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.

The center advises prospective fellows to think of the proposal as a pitch, similar to what would be submitted to an editor at a newspaper, magazine, digital outlet, or radio station. Sufficient preliminary reporting and documentation should be included to demonstrate the story is solid.

Specifically, the proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. If the subject has been covered elsewhere, it should note where those stories have run and how the proposed piece would differ.

Applicants should also include an outline of a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story, and indicate whether or not a media outlet has indicated interest in the story or has committed to run it.

Further, applicants should enclose three journalism samples of professionally published work that showcases an aptitude to tackle in-depth stories in the proposed medium.

In addition, a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with your work should be included.

Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014.