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12 extraordinary stories of women remodelling their role in society

12 journalists recently awarded in the last round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant will tell empowering and under-reported stories of how women are transforming their contribution to society around the globe: be it by thriving at their jobs, fighting deep-rooted traditions or turning their disabilities into skills.

279 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

The call for applications for the eleventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) closed 21 February at 22:00 (CET) with 279 applications submitted.

European Journalism Centre launches grants worth €200,000 for freelancers and newsrooms reporting on opportunities for women today

The European Journalism Centre today opens a new call for applications for its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) on the topic of opportunities for women today in developing countries.

EJC awards six new journalistic projects to report on food security in developing countries

The European Journalism Centre announces six new winners of its Innovation in Development Reporting grant programme. The finalists of the tenth round of calls were selected from 155 pitches. The six winning projects are awarded a combined sum of more than €105,000 and have received endorsement from major European media organisations.

155 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has received 155 applications in the tenth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Applications were accepted between 20 June 2017 - 6 September 2017.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

​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?

​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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.