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The European Journalism Centre announces new call for applications for innovative development reporting grants

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
February 26, 2015

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received 133 applications in the fifth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

Over the next five 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 grant winners will be announced mid to end May.

"In this round we will be reviewing applications which had to comply with tougher conditions. This is because as of 2015 we updated our application criteria and challenged the applicants to think also about the impact they want to achieve with their projects. We are thus very curious to see how journalists have thought about the impact and how they connected it to their journalistic work. We are excited about the results to come and hope these will yield innovative stories that seek to bring change to societies worldwide", says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.

Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting ideas in time, can submit applications in the next round. The deadline is the 9th of September 2015 (22:00 CET). Innovative pitches can be submitted via the online application form.

For a showcase of previously awarded grants, see our portfolio. For any questions, contact us at[email protected].

Note for editors:

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to reward quality journalism and advance a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage through awarding funding to a selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility. Since 2013 the programme granted funding to 53 projects.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and 2016 that will all be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centered on global development topics. In 2015-2016 the programme will run four rounds of applications and organise four Bootcamp style events tailor-made for the winners of each round. Additionally, in March the programme will have a new website focused on measuring impact of funded projects.

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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