The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre with financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The main aim behind implementing the grant programme is to better enable quality journalism to come up with original, captivating, and well-researched stories on global development topics analysing background, causes and effects, as well as North-South structural relationships.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares the conviction with the EJC that the lack of media coverage of international development issues in European news outlets is in part due to a lack of incentives for journalists and media organisations to cover development.
Against this background, innovative reporting projects will be awarded funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling.
Seeing that we are looking to support projects of great impact and high visibility, applicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. The average grant given is expected to be about €20,000.
Journalists and creative minds are encouraged to break the old stereotypes and narratives around international development topics and reinvent development journalism. The 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.
Journalists and media organisations targeting audiences in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom may apply. Other journalists, freelancers and media outlets will be considered if they apply as cooperation partners of eligible media outlets.
Launched in January 2013, the first call for applications ran until 25 March 2013 and received great interest from a variety of media organizations that submitted over 500 applications.
The second round ran until 5 September 2013 and 242 applications were submitted. The programme is currently accepting applications for the third round. The deadline is 26 February 2014 (midnight CET). Applications can be submitted online via the application form.
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