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The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme continues next year

The European Journalism Centre
September 9, 2013

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received 242 applications in the second round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme.

"Seeing the immense and authentic interest from media houses and freelance journalists to play a greater role when it comes to social change, the EJC, with renewed support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will continue the grant programme next year. Everyone who missed our deadlines: stay tuned, as we are preparing two new rounds of applications in 2014. Details on new deadlines will follow soon", says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten. For updates regarding the new deadlines and more, please register for the Journalism Grants mailing list.

"As with the first round, we aim to fund another 16 projects that will share a budget amounting to more than €300.000. What is interesting to note is that, in both rounds, the majority of the submissions came from Italy", Ruetten mentions.

Over the next three weeks, the EJC will evaluate the entries and inform all applicants of the status of their application(s). Due to the large number of submissions, EJC will not be able to give individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Shortlisted applicants will then have one month's time to submit a complete proposal and provide supporting documents. The awarded grants will be announced in mid-November.

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility will be awarded funding aimed to reward quality journalism and advance a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media. This mission has two main aspects: On the one hand, it is about safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and on the other hand, it is about supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. This often includes creating the framework conditions for independent and self-determined journalism in the first place. To these ends, the EJC provides thematic training, professional capacity development, and a wide range of support activities for journalists.


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