• State on inequality

    How local policies matter
  • 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



Budgets, Bonds, Pensions, Incentives and More

Applications are now being accepted for the next Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program to be held at the Newmark J School in New York’s Times Square from Monday Jan. 10 to Friday Jan. 14. The program will cover a deep dive into state and local budgets, bonds, pensions, tax incentives and the pandemic’s impact as well as the Biden changes to federal policy affecting states and cities.

The program pays all costs for travel, hotel and meals. There is no charge for attending. We will be using a new hotel, the spiffy Margaritaville Hotel located on the same block as the school.

The application is here: https://ravitch.journalism.cuny.edu/application

Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come basis beginning Oct. 1

You must be fully vaccinated to attend.

Any questions. Just email greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu


With the pandemic having disrupted local economies across the country, the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism will hold its second three-day seminar on how to improve local economic coverage Monday Jan.  24 to Wednesday Jan. 26.

The program pays all travel, hotel and food expenses and there is no charge for the program.

It is open to both new applicants and those who have attended Ravitch fiscal reporting programs.

The three-day program will cover ways to track local economies, sophisticated coverage of local employment numbers, and the extensive series of other local indicators. A session will be devoted to how to integrate coverage of inequality and the safety net as well as segments on real estate and small business.

An advanced data reporting session will also be included.

Applications are available here: https://ravitch.journalism.cuny.edu/application

Specify in the “why you want to attend” section that you are applying for the three-day local economic reporting seminar.

Questions? Email greg.david@journalism.com

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 Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York  provides advanced training in state and local fiscal issues through week-long and three-day 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 emails, social media, website, and by creating a network of reporters covering the beat. The Ravitch Program is funded by generous grants from Richard Ravitch, long-time New York civic leader.