The European Journalism Centre announces over €1.6 million in new grants to support innovative development reporting
Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 novembre 2016
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce a new round of over €1.6 million in funding for innovative development journalism projects that will be awarded in 2017-2018 via its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) grant programme. The funding is part of a two-year extension of the grant programme that the EJC has secured from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Over the next two years, the grant programme will continue to award financial support 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 (LCDs) and/or the key European donor countries’ development relations with LDCs.“With our grants we want to contribute to keeping the sustainable development goals and the challenges that come with implementing them on the public agenda. We are very fortunate, and proud, to be able to continue to support the international journalism community in their innovative storytelling approaches. We would like to thank all the journalists who have so far contributed to the success of the programme, and, moreover, would like to thank the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its continued trust and support.”, said EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.Eligible for applications are journalists and media outlets targeting mainstream audiences in at least one of Europe’s top five Official Development Assistance donor countries in absolute terms: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Secondary outlets may cater to any other European country, while publications outside Europe are most welcome for supplemental dissemination.Over the coming two years, the EJC will run another special funding round for media outlets as well as four topical calls for applications centred on a varied selection of international development topics.The first deadline to submit an application is 15 February 2017 (22:00 CET). Applications will be accepted on issues related to gender equality (SDG5).Interested journalists can pitch story ideas free of charge at this online application form. Award decisions, based on journalistic quality and merit, will be taken in complete editorial independence from the Gates Foundation.Funding will be up to €20.000 per grant and will cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, possible technical costs for crews and equipment, data acquisition and analysis, visualisation, etc. Interested candidates may apply for full or partial grants, excluding, however, salaries of permanent staff. More detailed information on the application procedure, deadlines, and the aims of the project can be found at http://www.journalismgrants.org.