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September 29, 2014
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is thrilled to announce that “Rebuilding Haiti”, an innovative newsgame supported by the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme, has just won an Online Journalism Award, in the explanatory reporting, small category.
This interactive piece, produced by a French team composed of Florent Maurin, Jean Abbiateci, Pierre Morel, Perceval Barrier and published on Rue89.fr uses a mixture of longform journalism, multimedia and gaming elements to help readers understand the problems facing Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
According to Florent Maurin, the journalist and game designer behind the project, “this award is very important because it recognizes the quality of an unconventional project (here involving newsgaming) about a difficult topic (Haiti), which would have been very tough to produce within a newsroom, and without the support of the IDR Grant programme.”
“This award gives us even more motivation to experiment with new ways to tell meaningful stories, and the IDR Grant gave us the luxury to use this new type of storytelling, mixing newsgaming and traditional reporting,” says Jean Abbiateci, journalist on the project.
“We are running the IDR Grant programme to support and recognize journalists and media outlets working on global development topics in innovative ways, and it is crucial for us to get a distinction from such a renowned jury”, says Wilfried Ruetten, Director of the EJC.
The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to award funding to a selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility. Since 2013 the EJC awarded 41 grants, and is currently reviewing the shortlisted applications for the fourth round of grants. The winners will be announced in November 2014. A showcase of these projects can be seen here.
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.