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Applications Open for Investigative/Enterprise Reporting Grants

Aloha AAJA Hawaii, just passing along this opportunity.

Applications are now open for the Winter 2020 round of the McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism, which provide financial and editorial support to journalists working on high-impact stories on financial, economic or business topics. As always, we’d much appreciate any help you can give us in getting the word out to your members!

Grants up to $15K to Produce High-Impact Business Journalism — Apply by 1/31/20  

Got a great idea for a story that ‘Follows the Money’? Apply now for the Winter 2020 McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, an initiative of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY that supports high-impact economic and business journalism. The McGraw Fellowships provide up to $15,000 and editorial support for experienced journalists to produce deeply-reported investigative or enterprise stories on important economic, financial or business topics. No residency is required; McGraw Fellows work from their own offices. Open to both freelance and staff journalists with five years professional experience. Winter 2020 applications are due January 31, 2020.

Previous McGraw Fellows have worked on a wide range of topics – and you don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. Many McGraw Fellows have been generalists, or cover other beats such as health care or the environment. Here are a few examples:

You’ll find more information at bit.ly/McGrawFellows. You can also contact us at mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu.

Please let me know if there’s any further information I can provide you. We’d be very interested in hearing from any of your members who might have good projects in need of funding, so thanks in advance for any help you can give us in spreading the word.



Jane Sasseen
Executive Director
McGraw Center for Business Journalism
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Check out the McGraw Fellowship: Grants up to $15K to report investigative and enterprise stories on business/financial topics.

AAJA-Hawaii End of Year Picnic on Dec. 14


Join us for an end of year AAJA-Hawaii picnic at Magic Island at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.

Family and friends are welcome. Come meet the chapter’s current board members and learn about membership benefits and 2020 programming ideas. Light food and drinks will be provided, but feel free food to share!

Contact Jason Ubay at 808-383-9365 if you have any questions.

SPJ Hawaii offering 2019 Summer Journalism Internships

Launch an exciting media career with a paid summer job!

Your future starts here. Get a job in print, online, or broadcast media or public relations.
This is a great way to get experience, paid on-the-job training, and a start in media or public relations.
Full-time internships (10 weeks at 40 hours/week) with a $4,040 salary:
 Honolulu Star-Advertiser (daily newspaper)
 Pacific Business News (weekly business newspaper)
 Hawaii (bimonthly travel magazine)
 Hawaii Business (monthly business magazine)
 Honolulu (monthly city magazine)
 Pacific Edge (business/lifestyle magazine)
 Honolulu Civil Beat (online news)
 Hawaii News Now (TV news)
 KHON Channel 2 (TV news)
 Alexander & Baldwin (public relations)
Part-time internships (8 weeks at 29 hours/week) with a $2,343 salary:
 KITV 4 News (TV news)
 Hawaii Public Radio (radio news)
 Hawaii residents enrolled in a college or university outside Hawaii.
 Any student enrolled in a college or university in Hawaii.
 College or university students who attended school in Hawaii or who live in
Hawaii now.
 Recent graduates who graduated no earlier than May 2018.

How to apply:
 Visit www.hawaiispj.org to fill out an online application form.
 Write a cover letter introducing yourself and explaining why you want an
internship, list your relevant coursework or news media experience, and include
three references with their contact information.
 Include writing or video samples of your news media work. You can send these as URL links; pdfs, Word, or .txt files; wmv files for video; or wav files for audio.

Send all materials labeled with your name to spjinterns@gmail.com.

Deadline: March 4, 2019

For more information, contact Craig DeSilva at (808) 282-1038 or at cdesilva@hotmail.com .

Hawaii Filipino Chronicle announces inaugural journalism scholarship

To commemorate its 25th publication year in 2018, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle announces a new scholarship program for future journalists. The inaugural award of $2,500 will be presented at the Chronicle’s “silver celebration gala and scholarship awards banquet” in November 2019 to one deserving student who is a full-time, college-level sophomore, junior or first semester senior of Filipino heritage who has graduated from a high school in Hawaii and is majoring in journalism/mass communications at a four-year public or private university within the state.

Filipinos and Filipino-Americans represent the fastest growing ethnic group in Hawaii and make up 23 percent of the state’s population. Filipinos and Filipino-Americans also comprise the largest Pacific Islander cultural community in America but are under-represented in the fields of journalism/mass communications. 

The Chronicle has established a scholarship program to support students of Filipino heritage who would like to pursue a career in journalism/mass communications. 

“We need good journalists who are the ‘eyes and ears of the community’, and the Chronicle believes that we must build a pool of journalists in the future to safeguard our democracy and create a group that reports ‘checks and balances’ actions happening in the government and around us,” said Chronicle Editor ChonaMontesines-Sonido. 

“With good reporting in place by well-trained journalists, we can secure a fair, informative and steady flow of news in our community and around the world. It is important that we support these students who are preparing for their future in the media field,” she said.


Journalism students are encouraged to apply for this specific scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must:

• Be of Filipino descent (at least 25%)

• Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States

• Be a graduate from a high school in Hawaii 

• Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits undergraduate) as a sophomore, junior or first semester senior at an accredited four-year public or private college/university in Hawaii

• Be a declared major in journalism/mass communications or media-related field

• Have a minimum cumulative (not term) 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

• Serve in extra-curricular activities to show leadership potential, teamwork abilities, community service and well-roundedness

• Demonstrate financial need

Application Process

​Scholarship information/instruction guide, application and recommendation forms may be downloaded from the Chronicle website at www.thefilipinochronicle.com. Applicants are required to submit a PDF packet, which includes a recent copy of their college transcript, references, writing samples, 1,000-word essay and proof of financial need. 

Applications are accepted between Feb. 1-April 1, after which time, a panel of judges—a combination of educators and media practitioners—will review all completed packets and make the final selections.

The winner only will be notified by the end of May or beginning of June. A profile article announcing that he/she is the recipient of the scholarship will be published in a summer edition of the Chronicle along with his/her photo and essay. The winner will be recognized formally at a scholarship banquet in November.

Applications and Donations Accepted

Additional application details and updates of the Chronicle’s journalism scholarship program may be found on the newspaper’s website at www.thefilipinochronicle.com. Questions may be addressed to the scholarship committee at hfcnews@yahoo.com

Donations are also welcome to help fund, support and sustain the annual journalism scholarship program. To donate, please contact the Chronicle office at filipinochronicle@gmail.com or call (808) 678-8930.

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