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The EJC launches a new website for its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

22 January 2014 | PRESS RELEASE


The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has launched a new website,, for its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. The new website went live on Tuesday, 22 January, 2014, marking the first anniversary of the grant programme.

The revamped website gives a comprehensive overview of the 28 projects funded under the grant programme. The public can access a showcase of all outstanding projects awarded in 2013 a combined total of 550.000 Euros in funding aimed to innovate global development narratives and bring new forms of journalistic storytelling centered on the Millennium Development Goals.

“In line with the current global efforts directed at increasing transparency regarding development spending, we want to also show to the public what the funded projects are all about. Consequently, the new website provides information regarding each funded project, including the grant recipients’ names, the funded amounts, the deadlines, the aim and objectives of their stories, as well as the results of the projects”, says EJC Director Wilfried Rütten.

In 2014 the EJC will run two more rounds of applications. Don’t miss the next deadline coming up on the 26th of February 2014 (22:00 CET). Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes can pitch their stories via the online application form. For questions, check the FAQ guide, or send an email to


Note for editors:

The Innovation for 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.

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.



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.