Are you a journalist with a brilliant idea for a high-impact story that “Follows the Money” but limited resources? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is interested in hearing from you.
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants of up to $15,000 as well as the editorial support required to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial, or business issues in a variety of subjects. You don’t have to be a business writer to apply; several of our prior Fellows were generalists who covered beats including health care, education, and the environment. Others have concentrated their efforts on topics such as economic inequality or corporate accountability.
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism Grant
- The Fellowship provides a grant of up to $15,000 for each project. The exact amount will depend on the time it takes to complete the project and the expenses needed.
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism Eligibility
- Open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism.
- They support work by freelance journalists, as well as by reporters and editors currently working at a news organization or a journalism non-profit. In the latter case, reporters and editors can apply directly in the name of their organization.
McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism Application
- 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, audio or digital outlet: give enough preliminary reporting and documentation to demonstrate that the story is solid.
- The proposal should highlight what’s new and significant about the story, why it matters and what its potential impact might be. The proposal should also note where significant stories on the subject have run elsewhere and how the proposed piece would differ. Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story. And while you don’t need to have a media outlet lined up for your story before you apply, if you do have one, let them know that in your proposal.
- In addition, 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. Also provide organisers with an up-to-date resume. No references are required at the time of application, but those who are chosen as finalists will be asked to provide references from two editors or others familiar with their work. Freelance applicants for whom getting references is a problem can discuss alternatives with the McGraw Center.
Deadline: March 31, 2023
For more information, visit McGraw Fellowship.
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