• Michigan Gov. Snyder

    Tackles Fiscal Issues
  • All Expenses Paid

    Fully Funded Fellowships by Ravitch Program
  • The Politics of Budgets

    Why Mayors Make Dumb Decisions
  • Understanding Pensions

    and Health Care Too
  • Better Fiscal Reporting

    On State and Local Issues


The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program was the best week of journalism I’ve had in a long time, and perhaps ever. Resources for news training are extremely scarce in my part of the country, as is time, so attending the all-expenses paid program was like winning the lottery.”

The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY J School provides advanced training in state and local fiscal issues through week-long and weekend programs emphasizing in-depth knowledge of key controversies, overcoming reporting challenges and improving storytelling. It will help reporters stay on top of breaking issues through its email newsletter and website, and create a network of reporters covering the beat. The Ravitch Program is funded by generous grants from Richard Ravitch, long-time New York civic leader, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.


With Puerto Rico having filed for bankruptcy, the island’s future depends on an unprecedented legal proceeding under the law called Promesa, sorting out its extreme financial distress, understanding the complexities of the island’s debt load and the political climate in Washington. The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program will hold an all-day session for reporters in covering this story on Tuesday June 20 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The program will pay expenses for reporters from outside New York, including Puerto Rico. The session will cover all those topics and feature a panel of debt holders and a panel assessing the social impact of austerity on the island. It will conclude with a dinner at the J School featuring New York civic leader Richard Ravitch.

The deadline for applications for those needing transportation and a hotel is Tuesday June 6.

Click here for the schedule.

For more information contact Ravitch Program director Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu. To apply for the program and travel expenses fill out an application here. To attend without reimbursement, send an email to Greg explaining for interest/coverage of the story and why you want to attend.


The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is seeking proposals for fiscal reporting projects from both established media outlets and freelancers.

The program defines fiscal policy broadly. It includes budget issues, debt, pensions and other post-employment obligations and funding for them. A high priority is given to mismanagement and chicanery. The program also includes tax policy, its implications and how fiscal stress changes governmental priorities. We are interested in stories on specific issues, on states and municipalities in fiscal distress, on broad public policy issues and on the consequences of fiscal policies.

Both topics on specific states and localities and projects with a national focus will be considered.

In general, grants are for up to $15,000.

Click here for full details and application.


The Ravitch Program offers on online fiscal reporting course for reporters unable to attend the full week seminar in New York.

Click here to check out and sign up for the course.


The week long Ravitch Fiscal Reporting session beginning July 24 is full.

The next session will be held the second week of January. Watch for an announcement and opening of applications in October.