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The European Journalism Centre launches new website to showcase community of development journalists

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
May 15th, 2015

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) launched a new website,, for its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

The revamped website gives greater prominence to the 53 funded projects, while at the same time putting in the spotlight the 110 members of a large journalism community built around the grant programme.

On the new platform, the public can explore the IDR community, consisting of grant winners and their teams, which are made up of journalists, data journalism experts, news game designers, photographers, cameramen, web developers and technical support teams.

The website not only gives the due visibility to the people behind the funded projects, it also brings to the forefront the media outlets that are supporting the publication of these stories.

The awards and nominations received by the winners of the grant programme are now also featured on the revamped website, thus highlighting the outstanding achievements obtained from renowned journalism awards competitions.

Among other new elements on the website is the timeline of the calls for applications running in 2015, which provides details of all upcoming events in 2015 – including the open calls for applications and the boot camps.

As a first step towards measuring the impact of the funded projects, the new website allows the audience to view the social media reach of the published stories.

“We are very pleased to launch a new website showcasing the extraordinary work of our incredible and constantly expanding journalism community. We are confident that the new platform will not only bring more visibility to the teams behind the projects, but will also inspire other talented journalists to apply for upcoming grant rounds,” said Wilfried Ruetten, the Director of the EJC.

The EJC is currently running the sixth call for applications. The deadline ends on 9 September 2015 (22:00 CET). Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes can pitch their stories via the online application form.

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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 has granted funding to 53 projects.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and 2016 that will be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centred on global development topics. In 2015–2016, the programme will run four rounds of applications and organise four boot camp style events tailor-made for the winners of each round.

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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