• 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.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR PUERTO RICO: Special fiscal conference Tuesday Aug. 9

What’s next for Puerto Rico? With the passage of the Promesa debt restructuring bill, the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program will look at what happens now with a special one-day conference for reporters and editors on Tuesday Aug. 9 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Sessions will cover:

The basics: All you need to know about Promesa

Debt restructuring and the bond market: Possible debt scenarios and the impact on the future of the bond market.

Government and politics in Puerto Rico with a control board

The Economy: Update and implications

The program can pay expenses for reporters traveling from Puerto Rico and elsewhere including airfare, ground transportation and hotels. To apply for the program to reimburse expenses, fill out the application here:


Applications should be completed as soon as possible because of limited funds with a final deadline of July 17.

Those not needing expense reimbursement can apply by email to Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu with an initial deadline of July 25.

A full schedule and speakers is expected to be posted on the Ravitch web site later this week. The J School is located at 219 West 40th Street in New York’s Times Square. The Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program is funded by a grant from New York civic leader Richard Ravitch.

Email greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu with any questions.



The next week-long advanced training session on fiscal reporting will be held the week of Aug. 1 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The program pays all expenses for reporters attending the session including transportation, hotel, food and reasonable incidentals. Sessions include an in-depth dive into budgets and how to find budget tricks, the municipal bond market, the pension crisis, sources for fiscal reporting and a workshop on better reporting and writing.

The deadline for applications is June 15.

The application is available here.

A list of reporters who have attended previous sessions can be found here.

A schedule for the last session is here.

Questions? Contact program director Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu.


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.