After receiving more than 500 proposals in the first round of the Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme, the European Journalism Centre (EJC) has invited 43 applicants to submit a full proposal with supporting documentation by May 19.
EJC Director Wilfried Rütten asserted that making the pre-selection posed a rather formidable challenge: “We were very pleased to see that the vast majority of all story pitches we received were of excellent quality and would well deserve to be produced in any case. The proposals proved that if there is a deficit of development coverage in European media, this is certainly not due to a shortage of competent journalists. Accordingly, we had a difficult time making the shortlist decisions.”
The EJC trusts that the shortlist will yield reporting projects that cast the light of public attention on a number of otherwise under-reported development issues. Winning projects will be distributed through strong media channels in order to achieve optimal impact, and will represent the eight participating countries in a broadly proportional fashion.
The grantees for the first round will be notified on May 31.
All applicants who did not make it on the shortlist during the first call for proposals, or did not get around to pitching their development reporting idea in time, should keep the next submission deadline in mind. The second deadline to apply is on 2 September 2013. The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme is calling in particular for pitches with a special angle on development, an innovative approach to implementation and presentation, and/or a focus on a deserving, yet under-reported topic.