• 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


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 Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is offering reporting grants to spur coverage of the many crises affecting Puerto Rico given the lack of prominence the story has been given in the mainland press.

The program has up to $30,000 in grants. Partnerships involving at least two outlets are required and multi-platform teams (like a public radio outlet and an online site) will be given preference. Puerto Rico based media need to be linked to domestic outlets to insure publication in the mainland.

The money could be given entirely to one consortium or may divided up into $10,000 grants to three groups. It can be used to pay reporter and freelance salaries, travel, document research, legal fees and help for preparing interactive and visual elements.

Express your interest by emailing program director Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu no later than March 15. Proposals will be required by March 29 at the latest with awards to follow shortly.

Also don’t hesitate to contact Greg David with any questions.



The next full week deep dive into fiscal policy by the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program will be held beginning Monday July 20 at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. The program pays all expenses including transportation, hotel and meals.

The July session will focus on budgets, bonds, pensions, tax incentives with sessions on inequality and the impact of the 2020 election. It will be similar to the January session’s schedule which you can see here.

There are only a few places left so applications must be completed by March 5.

If you have questions just email program director Greg David at greg/david@journalism.cuny.edu.



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 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.