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The European Journalism Centre launches new call for applications for innovative development storytelling grants

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
January 14, 2015

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has launched today, January 14th, the fifth call for applications for its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Journalists and media organisations can submit applications for innovative development storytelling grants until the 25th of February 2015 (22:00 CET). Story ideas can be pitched via the online application form.

"Alongside the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have, as of this round, also updated our application criteria because we want the funded projects to meet the new development priorities and to achieve meaningful public impact. At a crossroads moment for global development, we want to support stories that can have an impact on societies globally, by also looking into solutions to the most stringent problems of development", said Wilfried Ruetten, EJC Director.

In order to maximise the impact of the funded projects, the updated application criteria make reference to such elements as: strong editorial and journalistic approach, good transnational reach, innovation of topic and format, well-thought-out packaging, publication and delivery strategy, and significant impact on societies. These renewed criteria will firmly guide the entire assessment process, which will place an important emphasis on stories that can ensure a major impact on targeted audiences.

"The year 2015 will be historical for global development and we are very proud that we can continue supporting new development narratives through additional funding awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allowing us to extend the grant programme to 2015 and 2016", added Wilfried Ruetten.

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 the coming months the programme will have a new website focused on measuring impact of funded projects.

For a showcase of 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 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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