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European Journalism Centre (EJC) starts funding program for innovation in the journalistic coverage of international development cooperation

The European Journalism Centre

18th January 2013
For Immediate Release

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce the launch of a program of support for journalistic reporting on development cooperation. This program is made possible by financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To enable journalists, editors and contributors of development cooperation, the thorough research and development of new and experimental reportage and forms of presentation, the EJC equips a selection of innovative journalistic projects with the necessary resources. Media and interagency approaches are welcome. The allocation decisions are based on journalistic quality and importance. They are taken in full independence from the Gates Foundation.

The support program will run for three rounds during the year 2013. Applications may be submitted by journalists and media companies in eight European countries with the highest spending on development cooperation: Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. In parallel, promotes the EJC actively further projects of large media companies.

The funding cover direct expenses for research, for research purposes travels, if necessary teams and equipment, data collection and analysis, visualization, etc. Those interested can apply for a full or partial funding. Are not transferred salaries of permanent employees of media companies. For further details on the application process to the deadlines and the objectives of the program can be found at the addresswww.journalismgrants.org .

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the EJC are convinced that the deficiencies in the coverage of international development cooperation in European media resulting among other things, a lack of incentives. The main aim of the program is therefore to support quality journalism in a time when many "here" drink about This.

Media companies are affected by financial constraints. In addition, new and creative approaches are sought specifically.

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a nonprofit, international Stiftug with the mission to improve the quality of journalism and news media to strengthen and support. This mission has two main aspects: first, it comes to promote quality journalism in Europe and to make future-proof; on the other hand operates the EJC initiatives for press freedom in emerging and developing countries. These are often the framework for autonomous and independent journalism must be created first. To this end, the EJC provides journalistic training, helps in creating journalistic infrastructures and organizes a wide range of other support measures for journalists.

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