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Over 250 applications for the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

24 July 2014 | PRESS RELEASE



July 24, 2014

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is thrilled to announce that it has received over 250 applications in the fourth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme.

Over the next eight weeks, the EJC will evaluate the entries and inform all applicants of the status of their application(s). Due to the large number of submissions, we will however not be able to give individual feedback to unsuccessful candidates. Shortlisted applicants will then have one month’s time to submit a complete proposal and provide any necessary supporting documents. The grants winners will be announced in November.

Interested journalists, who did not get around to pitching their development reporting idea in time should stay tuned for updates about the next submission deadline:

“In common agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are very optimistic we will continue this grant programme next year. Stay tuned for updates, as the next submission deadline is likely to be announced at the end of 2014. Seeing the immense and authentic interest from media houses and freelance journalists to play a greater role when it comes to social change, we think it is crucial to continue supporting this field”, says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.

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. 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.



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.