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Female Genital Mutilation: How are African women fighting for its eradication?

Every year, millions of girls and women across the world are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. Supported by ancient traditions, the cut is a mark of the social control over women’s bodies and behaviour. The practice has harmful consequences for women’s health, ranging from kidney infection, complications in the childbirth and fatal bleeding to psychological damages which bears negative consequence for a lifetime.

​ The European Journalism Centre opens new call for applications for innovative development reporting grants

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received 199 applications in the seventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting ideas in time, can submit applications in the next round. The next deadline is 7 September 2016 (22:00 CET). Innovative pitches can be submitted via the online application form.

Looking back at 2015 - the best of

The year 2015 has been a roller coaster for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme grantees and team. We have awarded more than one million euros divided across thirty-three innovative development journalism projects. For the first time, next to our two regular calls, we ran a special call for publishers with the aim to support long-term global development reporting. The good news is - in 2016 we have two calls for applications and we are already accepting proposals.

What if Tourism Held the Key to Haiti’s Future?

On Tuesday, 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti causing major damage and leaving more than 200,000 dead. Six years later, Haiti is still struggling to recover and is now looking at improving its tourism industry as part of a larger and ambitious project towards sustainable development. Can this new focus on tourism contribute to a smoother recovery process and to finally let Haiti develop into something more than just “the poorest country of the Western hemisphere”?

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.

​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?

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?

​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.

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.

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.

​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.

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.

​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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.