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EJC announces 14 development reporting grant winners

10 May 2016 | PRESS RELEASE

 

Press release

The European Journalism Centre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maastricht, 10 May 2016

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the seventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. A combined total of more than €260,000 will be awarded to fourteen journalistic projects that advance development reporting and bring innovative storytelling on global development to a wider public.

The final winners were selected during a meeting of the IDR Grant Programme Advisory Council, consisting of senior international journalists. The projects that are eligible for funding will be greenlighted upon signature of a legal contract.

The awarded projects have received endorsement from significant media outlets located in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and many other countries. The winning projects touch upon multiple development issues, such as water grabbing; ship breaking, its human costs and its consequences on nature; South-South cooperation; the repercussions of the decrease of the bee population on the food system; and the fight against poverty and social exclusion among elderly people in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The winners were chosen because of their solid story ideas and innovative multi-platform approaches, operating on the crossroads between investigative, data-driven and visual journalism. To convey complex development stories in engaging ways, the winning projects will make use of web-documentaries, graphic journalism, gamification elements, 360 degrees videos, virtual reality, etc. In addition, the advisory council applauded the multi-platform approach of many applicants, as this magnifies the visibility and impact of their stories.

“With this grant round we have reached the milestone of one hundred funded projects. It’s rewarding to see that, beyond the growing numbers, our grantees have shown visible progress on the quality and innovation level of their stories and have been achieving an ever widening impact,” says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.

The winners of this round will join a two-day boot camp training on 9 and 10 June, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where they will meet fellow grantees and learn from top-level media practitioners. They will work on the development of their stories, learn about leveraging multimedia storytelling techniques and develop publication strategies aimed at achieving the best possible public impact.

The seventh call for applications ran between 10 September 2015 and 2 March 2016. In total, 199 applications were received.

You can find the winning projects here.

Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes are encouraged to pitch us their creative ideas in the upcoming eighth round of applications. The deadline to apply is 7 September 2016 (22:00 CET). The online application form can be found here. For questions, check the FAQ guide or send an email to info@journalismgrants.org.

Note for 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 has granted funding to 100 projects.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and 2016 that will be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centred on global development topics.

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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Project:
Journalism Grants: Innovation in Development Reporting
Development reporting remains too often marginalised, compared to the general coverage time given to other societal and political matters. To address this problem, the EJC, supported by the Gates Foundation, has established this grants programme, dedicated to promoting innovative reporting projects that address development issues.