The McGraw
Scholarships and Internships

A core mission of the McGraw Center for Business Journalism is to promote the development of future business journalists by providing young reporters with the training and skills needed to succeed in the field. One way we will do that is through the McGraw Scholarships. Each year, we will award scholarships to four students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism who specialize in business reporting. The first scholarships, for incoming students in the Class of 2015, will be announced in September. 

To ground those studies in on-the-job experience, the McGraw Center will also offer stipends to four CUNY J-School students each summer who undertake an internship in business journalism at a media company. The stipends allow students to gain valuable training through business journalism internships that would otherwise be unpaid.

The McGraw Center is proud to announce the first internship stipends to the following students in the class of 2014:


Mark Fahey

Fahey will spend the summer at Crain’s New York Business, where he will split his time between writing news stories and assisting in research and web development. Fahey is especially interested in the economics of agriculture, real estate, technology and any project that involves sifting through large sets of data. After graduating with a degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010, his first feature stories were published in Thailand in 2011. Mark covered education, cops, courts and the economy for the Springfield News-Sun and Washington Court House Record-Herald in Ohio before enrolling at CUNY.

Brianna McGurran

McGurran is interning this summer at Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland’s NPR station. McGurran will help produce the daily live news show Think Out Loud, which covers business, politics and the arts. McGurran previously held an internship at public radio station WNYC, where she wrote scripts and edited audio for broadcast. Among her favorite assignments for WNYC: covering the economic impact of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new affordable housing plan. McGurran graduated from New York University in 2009 with a degree in English.

Reem Nasr

Nasr is working as an intern in the news department at Michigan Radio this summer, where she will focus on the economic revitalization of Detroit. A graduate of New York University, where she majored in journalism and Middle Eastern studies, Nasr is currently studying broadcast journalism with a concentration in business reporting. A producer of Muslim State of Mind, a weekly radio show that airs on WBAI in New York, she previously served as a producer on the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC. Reem is a contributor to PolicyMic, a digital news site for millennials. She is of Egyptian and Lebanese descent and is interested in affairs of the Muslim American community. Fluent in English and Arabic she hopes to continue her journalistic work in America and abroad.

Max Willens

Willens is a native New Yorker who plans to spend his career covering the economics of entertainment. This summer, he is working at Ad Age, where he will focus on music and data projects. After brief stints as a music blogger, DJ, copywriter and social media strategist, he decided to pursue business journalism in earnest in late 2012. His work has appeared online in WIRED, Crain’s New York, The Village Voice and Billboard PRO, and he has blogged for outlets ranging from The New York Times to MIDEM, the largest music business conference in the European Union.  He periodically thinks about leaving New York, but cannot figure out why anyone would want to live anywhere else.