• 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

RAVITCH FISCAL REPORTING PROGRAM

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.

APPLY FOR THE NEXT RAVITCH FISCAL SEMINAR BEGINNING JAN 9

Applications are now being accepted for the next full week, all-expenses paid Ravitch Fiscal Reporting session to begin Monday Jan. 9 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. The program covers budgets, bonds and debt, pensions, and fiscal fairness with an emphasis on data, sources as well as reporting and writing challenges. Almost 100 state and local reporters and editors have attended previous sessions.

The program covers transportation, hotel, food and most incidental costs. The sessions begin Monday at 9 a.m. and end at noon on Friday.

Contact Greg David at greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu with questions. He can also refer you to other reporters who have attended the sessions.

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

The initial deadline is Nov. 7.

APPLY FOR REPORTING GRANTS

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.

APPLY FOR THE NEXT FULL WEEK SEMINAR

The next full week seminar for reporters on fiscal policy will be held in early January 2017 at the CUNY J School in New York. Email greg.david@journalism.cuny.edu to receive an application when the dates are set.

CHECK OUT THE ONLINE FISCAL REPORTING COURSE

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: