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  1. European Journalism Centre announces new grants for innovative reporting on development

    The European Journalism Centre today launched three grant programmes for freelancers and media organisations that will fund stories to inform public opinion and change the way people understand development issues.

    By Elise Rochez | June 19th, 2017 | Press Release
  2. The European Journalism Centre awards 15 journalists to report on gender equality

    Fifteen innovative journalism projects that address gender equality issues will jointly receive €293.000 in reporting grants as part of the ninth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme run by the European Journalism Centre (EJC).

    By Elise Rochez | May 23rd, 2017 | Press Release
  3. 128 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Round 9)

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has received 128 applications in the ninth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Applications were accepted between 10 November 2016 - 15 February 2017.

    By Elise Rochez | February 16th, 2017 | Press Release
  4. Life after Ebola - stories of love, loss and reconnection in Sierra Leone

    In August 2014 the massive spread of Ebola isolated countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia from the outside world. While many media took to report from the epicentre of the unfolding crisis, once the emergency situation was over, so was the media attention. But how does life look after Ebola? This is the question that our grantees from On Our Radar and New Internationalist set out to explore in their “After Ebola” project.

    By Diana Lungu | February 7th, 2017 | Interviews
  5. The European Journalism Centre announces 13 development reporting grant winners

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the eighth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. A combined total of more than €245,000 will be awarded to thirteen journalistic projects that advance development reporting and bring innovative storytelling on global development to a wider public.

    By Elise Rochez | November 17th, 2016 | Press Release
  6. The European Journalism Centre announces over €1.6 million in new grants to support innovative development reporting

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce a new round of over €1.6 million in funding for innovative development journalism projects that will be awarded in 2017-2018 via its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) grant programme. The funding is part of a two-year extension of the grant programme that the EJC has secured from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    By Diana Lungu | November 10th, 2016 | Press Release
  7. 166 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has received 166 applications in the eighth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Applications were accepted between 3 March - 7 September 2016.

    By Elise Rochez | September 12th, 2016 | Press Release
  8. ​How (NOT) to win a journalism grant? Or most common mistakes when applying for a journalism grant

    Producing complex journalistic pieces which require travelling and a higher investment of time and money may be difficult without the support of a grant. In a scenario where media outlets face decreasing revenues and journalists have their options of production limited, grants appear as a valuable source for those who aim to develop comprehensive projects. But how to get them?

    By Diana Lungu | June 7th, 2016 | Project News
  9. ​Fostering development from below: the Small is Powerful project

    Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have been a steadily growing business in Africa, encompassing 70% of African GDP and 25% of formal jobs on the continent. Despite the significant numbers, they still have their impact on the society underestimated. The project Small is Powerful (SIP), coordinated by French photojournalist Joan Bardeletti, challenges the stereotypes about the continent’s SMEs and highlights ways through which these enterprises contribute to their regions' development.

    By Diana Lungu | June 1st, 2016 | Interviews
  10. ISDS: Uncovering the hidden world of investment arbitration

    ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) is a mechanism by which a foreign company can sue a government for decisions and policies that harm their investments, without actually going to court. It has been set up to protect investors against risky investments in less developed economies. However, ISDS is increasingly used by multinational companies to pressure countries into rolling back their policies or paying up astronomical sums of money.

    By Diana Lungu | May 20th, 2016 | Project News
  11. EJC announces 14 development reporting grant winners

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the seventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. A combined total of more than €260,000 will be awarded to fourteen journalistic projects that advance development reporting and bring innovative storytelling on global development to a wider public.

    By Elise Rochez | May 10th, 2016 | Press Release
  12. Speaking up against stigma: the Breaking Menstrual Taboos project

    ​Since ancient times, menstruation, a normal physiological process in a woman’s body, has been surrounded by several legends and myths. These taboos, based on religious beliefs and lack of information, portray women’s period as something impure, dirty and shameful. In developing countries, these prejudices still have severe implications for the lives of more than a billion girls and women. In Breaking Menstrual Taboos, German journalist Dirk Gilson brings the issue to discussion.

    By Diana Lungu | April 26th, 2016 | Interviews
  13. Chocolate at risk? Insights about the future of cocoa from grantee Monica Pelliccia

    In the end of 2014, disconcerting news for chocolate lovers hit the headlines: the world could face a lack of cocoa by 2020. But were these news accurate or an exaggeration of the media? Grantees Monica Pelliccia and Daniela Frechero travelled across Ecuador, Brazil and India to investigate the future of cocoa and the many factors behind its production and consumption. The result? A multimedia production with news game elements and an intriguing title - A World Without Chocolate?

    By Diana Lungu | April 20th, 2016 | Interviews
  14. Explaining Bolivia’s Water War: an interview with grantee Michele Bertelli

    Water is a universal basic need, but it is still a scarce privilege in many communities around the world. Bolivia is a representative case of the consequences of having a government that, traditionally, never showed interest in providing their citizens efficient access to clean water and proper sanitation. However, in an attempt to improve the water access in the most isolated areas of Bolivia, water management was privatised.

    By Diana Lungu | April 12th, 2016 | Interviews
  15. Medicamentalia: a data driven investigation to contextualize global access to medicines

    Medicamentalia is a field research and data journalism investigation from Civio Foundation, a Spanish not-for-profit organization with the mission of increasing government transparency and accountability through the use of information technologies and data journalism. The project analyzes and compares prices of 14 essential drugs in 61 countries, mostly developing ones, to report on the global access to medicine.

    By Elise Rochez | March 31st, 2016 | Project News
  16. Female Genital Mutilation: How are African women fighting for its eradication?

    Every year, millions of girls and women across the world are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. Supported by ancient traditions, the cut is a mark of the social control over women’s bodies and behaviour. The practice has harmful consequences for women’s health, ranging from kidney infection, complications in the childbirth and fatal bleeding to psychological damages which bears negative consequence for a lifetime.

    By Diana Lungu | March 18th, 2016 | Interviews
  17. ​ The European Journalism Centre opens new call for applications for innovative development reporting grants

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received 199 applications in the seventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting ideas in time, can submit applications in the next round. The next deadline is 7 September 2016 (22:00 CET). Innovative pitches can be submitted via the online application form.

    By Elise Rochez | March 3rd, 2016 | Press Release
  18. Looking back at 2015 - the best of

    The year 2015 has been a roller coaster for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme grantees and team. We have awarded more than one million euros divided across thirty-three innovative development journalism projects. For the first time, next to our two regular calls, we ran a special call for publishers with the aim to support long-term global development reporting. The good news is - in 2016 we have two calls for applications and we are already accepting proposals.

    By Diana Lungu | February 26th, 2016 | Project News
  19. What if Tourism Held the Key to Haiti’s Future?

    On Tuesday, 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti causing major damage and leaving more than 200,000 dead. Six years later, Haiti is still struggling to recover and is now looking at improving its tourism industry as part of a larger and ambitious project towards sustainable development. Can this new focus on tourism contribute to a smoother recovery process and to finally let Haiti develop into something more than just “the poorest country of the Western hemisphere”?

    By Diana Lungu | February 10th, 2016 | Interviews
  20. EJC grantees win Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for outstanding reporting on development

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce that Jacopo Ottaviani and Isacco Chiaf, grantees of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme, have won with their "E-waste Republic" project the 2015 edition of the reputable Lorenzo Natali Media Prize of the European Commission, in the category Professional Journalism, the Arab World and the Middle East.

    By Diana Lungu | January 15th, 2016 | Press Release
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