FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2014
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received over 250 applications in the fourth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme.
Over the next eight 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, we will however 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 any necessary supporting documents. The grants winners will be announced in November.
Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting idea in time should stay tuned for updates about the next submission deadline:
"In common agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are very optimistic that we will continue this grant programme next year. Stay tuned for updates, as the next submission deadline is likely to be announced at the end of 2014. Seeing the immense and authentic interest from media houses and freelance journalists to play a greater role when it comes to social change, we think it is crucial to continue supporting this field", says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.
The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to award funding to a selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility. 41 grants have been awarded since the launch of the programme in 2013. A showcase of these projects can be seen here.
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.