Apply for McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism 2024 (Up to $15,000)

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About McGraw Fellowship for Business journalism 2024.

Opportunity Details

Are you a journalist with a great idea for a high-impact story that “Follows the Money” but few resources to get it done? The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism would like to hear from you.

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants up to $15,000 and the editorial support needed to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial or business issues across a wide array of subjects. You don’t need to be a business reporter to apply; many of our previous Fellows have been generalists, or cover beats such as health care, education or the environment. Others have focused on issues such as economic inequality or corporate accountability.

They consider proposals from both freelance and staff journalists in all forms of media — text, audio, photo, and short-form video — and encourage those that combine formats to create a multimedia package. They look for projects that focus on important local or regional topics, as well as those that tackle compelling national or international stories or report on under-covered communities or issues. Journalists of color and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

We accept applications twice a year. The deadline to apply for Spring 2024 Fellowships is March 31, 2024. Applications for the Fall 2024 Fellowships will be due October 6, 2024. We will also consider time-sensitive projects on a case-by-case basis outside of the deadline periods. If you have a project that might qualify, please contact us at [email protected].

What kind of stories do the Center support? Here are some examples of our previous Fellows’ work:

You’ll find answers to many questions in their Frequently Asked Questions, as well as more information on their current Fellows and their projects here. The Fellowship Stories page contains links to all of the stories they have published. All their past Fellows can be found on the following pages: 2023 Fellows2022 Fellows2021 Fellows2020 Fellows;  2019 Fellows; 2018 Fellows2017 Fellows2016 Fellows2015 Fellows2014 Fellows.

If you have further questions, please contact them at [email protected]

About the Fellowship

The McGraw Fellowship provides editorial and financial support to journalists who need the time and resources to produce a significant investigative or enterprise story that provides fresh insight into an important business, financial or economic topic. They accept applications for in-depth text, audio and short-form video pieces. Unfortunately, we cannot support long-form documentaries at this time. The McGraw Fellowship is not a residency Fellowship. Even outside of the current pandemic, all McGraw Fellows work from their own offices.

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. Freelance journalists may use some of the funding as a stipend for living expenses during the Fellowship. We look for applicants with a proven ability to report and execute a complex project in their proposed medium; ideally, candidates will also have a strong background or reporting expertise on the subject of their project.

The McGraw Center provides editorial supervision during the Fellowship. They work with the Fellows to develop their projects during the reporting phase and frequently edit the completed stories. They also assist with placing the articles in established print, audio or digital outlets. The stories run on the McGraw Center website as well. You’ll find them on the Fellowship Stories page.

Benefits of McGraw Fellowship for Business journalism 2024.

  • The Fellowship offers up to $15,000 grant for each project.

McGraw Fellowship for Business journalism 2024. Requirments

  • The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to anyone with at least five years professional experience in journalism.
  •  Including 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.

Application Date and Process

  • 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.
  • Applicants should also briefly outline a proposed reporting plan and a timeline for completing the story. 
  • 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
  • An up-to-date resume.  

Application Deadline

06 October, 2024

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