The last few years — indeed, the last few weeks — have made it abundantly clear just how important strong investigative and enterprise reporting on business and financial topics can be.

From the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning piece on Wal-Mart’s widespread bribery in Mexico and the AP’s Polk Award honored series “Seafood from Slaves,” to the rampant global tax evasion revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers project, deeply-reported investigative stories have helped expose and uproot abusive practices around the globe.

For many journalists and publications these days, however, devoting the time and resources needed for in-depth projects has become increasingly difficult.

That’s where the McGraw Center for Business Journalism can play a role.

If you — or a reporter you know — have a great idea for an investigative or enterprise story on a business or economic topic, but few resources to get it done, the McGraw Center would like to hear from you.

Spring 2016 applications are now open for the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The Fellowships provide accomplished journalists with the funds needed to report in-depth stories on critical issues related to U.S. business and the economy.

McGraw Fellowships are awarded twice a year, in spring and fall. The upcoming deadline to apply is May 31, 2016.
• Each Fellow receives $5,000 a month for up to three months
• No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices
• Open to both freelance and staff journalists with five years experience

For further information and the online application, go to or contact us at [email protected].

Previous McGraw Fellows have probed topics such as the economic links between the pharmacuetical industry and rising heroin addiction, problems in the fast-growing, unregulated market for genetic diagnostic tests, online giant Amazon’s problematic European expansion, and the questions raised by the Chinese acquisition of a major U.S. food producer.

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism, which opened in January, 2014 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.

Jane Sasseen
Executive Director
McGraw Center for Business Journalism
[email protected]