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128 applications received for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Round 9)

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, February 16, 2017

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has received 128 applications in the ninth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Applications were accepted between 10 November 2016 - 15 February 2017.

This call will award the first innovative development journalism projects of the new round of over €1.6 million received by the EJC from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the funding of a two-year extension of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

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 May 2017.

Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting ideas in time, stay tuned, as another call for applications will be announced soon. 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. 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 over 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.

In 2017-2018, the IDR Grant Programme will award over €1.6 million to journalists and media houses alike with the aim of developing experimental and compelling storytelling on topics related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The funded projects must also address issues in one or more of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and/or the key European donor countries’ development relations with LDCs.

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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