Do you – or a reporter you know – have a great idea for an in-depth story on a business or economic subject, but few resources to get it done?
Spring applications are now open for the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative launched last year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The McGraw Fellowships enable accomplished journalists to do the deep reporting needed to produce a distinguished investigative or enterprise business story. The deadline for spring proposals is May 15, 2015.
Each McGraw Fellow receives $5,000 a month for up to three months. The Fellowships are open to all journalists, both freelancers and staff, with at least five years professional experience. No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices. The Fellowships are awarded twice a year, in spring and fall. Applicants must submit a well-developed story idea, three work samples and two letters of reference. For further information and the online application, go to www.mcgrawcenter.org.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, which opened in January at the CUNY J-School, awards the Fellowships. The McGraw Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality and depth of business news coverage through training, scholarships and support for veteran journalists.
Previous McGraw Fellows have produced stories on the cultural and legal issues online giant Amazon faces as it expands abroad and on the controversy surrounding a recent Chinese acquisition in the U.S. food industry.
Current Fellows are working on pieces examining such issues as the rapid growth of unregulated genetic testing, Silicon Valley’s big bet on artificial meat substitutes, the economic links between the spread of powerful prescription painkillers and rising heroin use, and the attempts by Western manufacturers to improve safety in Bangladesh’s troubled textile industry.