Carey Institute for Global Good Launches Nonfiction Residency


Media Contact:  Joshua Friedman (917) 863-5050 or (518) 797-5100


RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y. – The Carey Institute for Global Good, a non-profit organization working for a strong, educated and just society, has launched a new Nonfiction Residency Program at its historic estate north of New York City.

Applications are now being accepted at  for the program’s first residents, who will arrive in October 2015. Authors of nonfiction books, reporters of long-form journalism, and documentary-makers in film, video, radio, photographic and digital media are invited to seek residencies of up to three months — time to complete work of the highest quality which might otherwise never reach the public.

Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo, the venerable artist community, commended the Carey residency program, saying: “It’s been long evident that a dedicated place for reporters and researchers to dive deeper into their work and analysis of contemporary events is essential.”

The Carey Institute will provide lodging, food, work space, and technological support including high-speed broadband connectivity, a state-of-the-art screening room and dedicated space for video, film and radio editing.

Carey Institute Vice-Chairman Josh Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will work closely with a board of advisors that includes Sheila Coronel, Sebastian Junger, Brooke Gladstone and Carl Bernstein.

“This work is vital to American democracy and sound policy,” says Friedman. “We are concerned that serious longform nonfiction inquiry is threatened by the financial crisis facing newspapers, magazine and book publishers—in fact, all media.”

The Nonfiction Residency seeks to inform the public policy debate essential to democracy. It will let the best reporters and researchers address the most pressing issues in the world today and help them disseminate their work in newspapers, magazines, publishing, on-line sites, broadcast and non-profit organizations like the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The Carey Institute believes, in the words of James Madison, that a society deprived of information about its government is “a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

Award-winning author Jonathan Alter says of the Carey residency: “A residency program for authors, journalists and filmmakers who are midway through their work is not only a good idea on its own terms. It is vitally important…for the continuation of some of the finest nonfiction work this country produces. These writers and artists need the time and space to complete their efforts.”

The Nonfiction Residency has received a challenge grant from the Reva and David Logan Foundation of Chicago and an operating grant from the Stewart R. Mott Foundation of Washington, D.C. These two grants constitute one-third of CIGG’s year-one target for the residency program.


The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey. CIGG strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day. Its 100 acre estate is located in the historic town of Rensselaerville, 28 miles west of Albany, 145 miles north of New York City and 190 miles west of Boston. It is accessible by Amtrak, air and car travel. The Carey Institute campus offers a peaceful, private and inspiring place to live, work and create, providing complimentary access to modern communication technologies and our gourmet on-site restaurant.