McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism Calls for Applications


The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is receiving applications for editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce significant stories or series that provide fresh insight into important business or economic topics.

The programme is accepting applications for in-depth text, video or audio pieces, and taking advantage of more than one storytelling form to create a multimedia package is encouraged.

According to the organizers, “We work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. We also assist with placing the articles. In some cases, we partner with established print, radio or digital outlets; in others we will publish them as e-books or through the CUNY J-School’s book imprint. The stories also run on the McGraw Center website.”

The programme is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism. Freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working in a news organization.

Applications will generally be accepted twice a year — in the spring and the fall. The upcoming spring deadline is May 31, 2017; fall applications will be due November 30, 2017. However, The School will consider time-sensitive projects on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods.

Interested 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 us enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid.

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.

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. Applicants will also provide a resume and references from two editors or others familiar with his/her work.

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