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166 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

Press Release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, September 12, 2016

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has received 166 applications in the eighth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Applications were accepted between 3 March - 7 September 2016.

Over the next four 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 November 2016.

Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting ideas in time, stay tuned, as the grant programme will continue in 2017. More details will follow at a later stage. To receive updates about this grant programme, sign up to this mailing list.

For a showcase of previously awarded grants, see our portfolio and all projects published in 2015. For any questions, contact us at [email protected]


Note to 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 100 projects. In 2015, in a special funding round, the IDR Grant Programme supported four major European news organisations (Spiegel Online,Welt/N24, Dagens Nyheter, De Correspondent) in their efforts to run special sections dedicated to development cooperation.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and 2016 that will be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centered on global development topics.

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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