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  1. EJC grantees win Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for outstanding reporting on development

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce that Jacopo Ottaviani and Isacco Chiaf, grantees of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme, have won with their "E-waste Republic" project the 2015 edition of the reputable Lorenzo Natali Media Prize of the European Commission, in the category Professional Journalism, the Arab World and the Middle East.

    By Diana Lungu | January 15th, 2016 | Press Release
  2. ​Tackling Food Insecurity: How Should Countries Do It?

    Food4 is an ambitious project on food security in seven countries, covering topics from nutrient-rich food in Egyptian schools to environment friendly agricultural systems in Mozambique. For the project Italian journalist and geographer Emanuele Bompan worked hand in hand with a strong team of photographers and experts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The result: a multimedia package and several successful large-scale public exhibitions. What can Food4 teach us?

    By European Journalism Centre | January 11th, 2016 | Interviews
  3. How to pitch your development story?

    You have a great idea for a story on development. You have been working on it for a while and you are convinced it can really have an impact, but you are now facing a wall: how to get your story published? In this article, we will provide you with some useful tips and tricks on how to pitch your story to editors. How to get their attention? How to structure your pitch? And how to publish internationally?

    By European Journalism Centre | December 17th, 2015 | Project News
  4. ​Speak up, North Jakarta! A Photographic Account of a Sinking City

    What’s life like when you are forced to live in constant fear of water? Utarakan Jakarta / Speak up (North) Jakarta is a photographic account that shows the urgency to protect the city of Jakarta against impending floods. The team headed by Dutch documentary photographer Cynthia Boll describes the daily life of four people living in Indonesia’s capital city. Through stories of residents and a big social media campaign, the team brings land subsidence and climate change closer to the audience.

    By European Journalism Centre | December 15th, 2015 | Interviews
  5. Now on Storify: Takeaways from Boot Camp Round 6

    Winners in the latest round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme attended a two-day boot camp in Maastricht, the Netherlands, to share their stories and learn about best practices in development journalism.

    By European Journalism Centre | December 14th, 2015 | Project News
  6. EJC announces 15 development reporting grant winners

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the sixth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. A combined total of €270.409 will be awarded to fifteen journalistic projects that advance development reporting and bring the public innovative storytelling on global development.

    By European Journalism Centre | November 12th, 2015 | Press Release
  7. ​How Fish for Cheap exposes the fishy reality of European vessels in Africa

    Fish for Cheap is a web documentary exploring the harsh reality behind fishing agreements in Africa.The project describes how the Senegalese community is affected by the fishing agreements signed between the European Union and the local authorities. These deals benefit Europeans, whilst leading to the steady decrease of natural resources in Africa. In this interview we ask Stefano Liberti, Fish for Cheap’s project coordinator, about his views on the issue.

    By European Journalism Centre | November 12th, 2015 | Interviews
  8. Uncovering the world’s future cities: constructive and powerful storytelling

    Narratives on the world’s biggest cities are often imbued with doom and gloom scenarios. But Dutch journalist Stephanie Bakker and photographer Yvonne Brandwijk, our round three grantees, found that there is a silver lining. Fast growing cities can, in fact, inspire entire generations to reinvigorate their heritage and fast forward into a sustainable future. The pair picked five cities in developing countries to find out the key to success. This is their story.

    By European Journalism Centre | November 6th, 2015 | Interviews
  9. ​Tackling climate change, city by city: urban resilience in Nigeria and Tanzania

    Naturals disasters have been growing in frequency and strength due to climate change. How do cities in developing countries prepare for some inevitable changes in the upcoming decades? Our three grantees, Lasse Wamsler, Sven Johannesen and Sune Gudmundsson, visited Nigeria and Tanzania to find out how these cities are tackling climate change. Their project Urban Resilience was just released by Politiken and Mo*. Now Sven and Sune share their insights with us.

    By European Journalism Centre | October 23rd, 2015 | Interviews
  10. Graphic Memories: a multimedia novel on the forgotten futures of child soldiers

    An image is worth more than a thousand words. This is the motto that best describes the work of Marc Ellison. The Canadian-British photojournalist has just presented his interactive graphic novel Graphic Memories, following years of work on ex-female soldiers in Uganda. Through a mix of illustrations, videos and photos, Ellison tells the story of four women who spent years at the mercy of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The EJC talked to him about his findings and unique story format.

    By European Journalism Centre | October 14th, 2015 | Interviews
  11. The European Journalism Centre opens 2016 call for applications for innovative development reporting grants

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is thrilled to announce that it has received 144 applications in the sixth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

    By Diana Lungu | September 11th, 2015 | Press Release
  12. Overview of IDR Boot Camp round 5 now on Storify

    The fourteen winners of our fifth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme gathered together on 25 and 26 June 2015 for a boot camp in our hometown Maastricht. The boot camp provided a unique opportunity for our grantees to present their exceptional projects and learn from workshops and discussions about investigative journalism, publishing strategies and multimedia formats. Have a look at our Storify page to see how the days progressed.

    By European Journalism Centre | July 22nd, 2015 | Project News
  13. Ecocide: an environmental investigation with a legal twist

    In 2014, the French newspaper Le Monde sent several of their reporters and photographers to investigate the criminal activity of ecocide—a deliberate, planned large-scale destruction of wildlife and flora. In an interview with the European Journalism Centre, Gilles van Kote, former editor-in-chief of Le Monde and team member of the Ecocide project, delves further into the project and its legal ramifications.

    By European Journalism Centre | July 7th, 2015 | Interviews
  14. Uncovering the Italian mafia in Africa: an interview with grantee Stefano Gurciullo

    The Italian mafia’s influence goes beyond borders; its multiple arms reach several countries and exploit several lucrative sectors. The recently published project Mafia in Africa uncovers for the first time the actual scope of the mafia’s economic power on the African continent. In order to know more about their investigation and final output, we interviewed our grantee Stefano Gurciullo.

    By European Journalism Centre | June 22nd, 2015 | Interviews
  15. Agritools: research journalism going beyond reporting and informing

    Agritools is an online platform that displays the stories of innovative projects that take advantage of cheap Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve agriculture, fisheries and livestock in Africa. The European Journalism Centre interviewed project leader Elisabetta Demartis to learn more about the unique characteristics of Agritools.

    By European Journalism Centre | June 8th, 2015 | Interviews
  16. Discovering stories behind numbers: an interview with grantee Jesús Escudero

    In 2007, the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced the creation of the Water Fund, an ambitious development programme with the mission to improve sanitation and water supply in 19 Latin American countries. Who benefited from all this public money and what was the real impact of the programme on ordinary people’s lives? The Spanish journalist Jesús Escudero and his team decided to explore the topic through exhaustive data analysis and looking at the stories behind numbers.

    By European Journalism Centre | June 1st, 2015 | Interviews
  17. The European Journalism Centre announces 14 winners of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

    The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Fourteen remarkable projects will be awarded a combined total of more than 250.000 euros in funding to advance development reporting and bring the public innovative journalistic storytelling around global development topics.

    By European Journalism Centre | May 27th, 2015 | Press Release
  18. New ways of storytelling: combining classic journalism with game elements

    Five years ago, the capital of Haiti was devastated by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0. The tragedy was immense and resulted in a large humanitarian crisis: the whole city had to be reconstructed. The newsgame Rebuilding Haiti gives readers the opportunity to place themselves in the shoes of people involved.

    By European Journalism Centre | May 25th, 2015 | Interviews
  19. The European Journalism Centre launches new website to showcase community of development journalists

    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.

    By European Journalism Centre | May 15th, 2015 | Press Release
  20. Playing with global development: how can innovative formats explain complex topics?

    In 2014, Italian journalist Emanuele Bompan published an interactive mapping system in newspaper La Stampa, showing how Italian development aid is spent. This year, he took his objective of triggering citizens’ interest in a complex topic like development cooperation one step further and created Follow the Money 2. Using gaming techniques, he asked the reader: “If you were in power, how would you use the funds for development?”

    By European Journalism Centre | May 12th, 2015 | Interviews
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