The Solutions Journalism Accelerator is a programme delivering grant funding, mentoring, coaching, resources and knowledge transfer to support solutions-focused development journalism in European news organisations.
The EJC is proudly partnering with the Solutions Journalism Network to provide more than USD $2.8m of grants during the Solutions Journalism Accelerator. The three-year programme will deliver financial support, mentoring, coaching, resources, skills development and knowledge transfer for solutions-focused development journalism in European media organisations.
Rigorous and evidence-based reporting that primarily focuses on responses to societal problems. We define solutions journalism as a practice that investigates and explains, in a critical and clear-eyed way, how people try to solve widely shared problems.
While journalists usually define news as whats gone wrong, solutions journalism tries to expand this notion by emphasising that what works is also newsworthy. By adding rigorous, evidence-based coverage of solutions, journalists can tell the whole story.
The EJC embraces innovation and positive changes within journalism and is optimistic about the many exciting developments taking place across the media landscape in regards to new business models, new formats and technology.
We also understand the significant role that journalism plays in informing people about big societal topics and challenges such as global health and global development.
Since 2013 the EJC has financially supported more than 200 journalism projects reporting on global challenges. Development journalism the production and distribution of vital information that attempts to document the socio-economic conditions within disadvantaged societies, so that larger and global audiences understand them has been at the root of EJCs grant-giving initiatives.
And increasingly we have recognised that solutions-focused and community-focused approaches to such journalism are not only beneficial for media organisations but also for more impactful reporting outcomes.
Based on all of our learnings, the Solutions Journalism Accelerator was created to achieve the following:
Purpose: The Solutions Journalism Accelerator is a programme delivering grant funding, mentoring, coaching, resources and knowledge transfer to support solutions-focused development journalism in European news organisations.
Mission: To create demonstrable impact on the public, key stakeholders and the media landscape through raising awareness of, and enabling media organisations to undertake more, solutions-focused development journalism.
Vision: To inspire and enable all media organisations in Europe to build resilience through creating greater public awareness, critical understanding and positive social change about urgent global issues.
For the purpose of this programme, we deem an opinion-forming media organisation to be a news or broader journalism organisation with a track record of accurate, in-depth, fair and responsible reporting, publishing content online, in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and/or radio, which:
Development journalism is the production and distribution of vital information that attempts to document the socio-economic conditions within disadvantaged societies, so that larger and global audiences understand them. Development journalism is produced, at its core, either from or with the perspective of those most affected, and tries to analyse whether efforts to address those conditions are effective or not, reporting on the solutions as well as the problems.
Global health is the area for study, research, and practice on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. It addresses health problems that are beyond the capacity of individual countries and domestic institutions, and recognises that health is determined by problems and solutions that transcend national boundaries.
Global development is a broad concept that defines areas of work that advance the economic development and poverty reduction of disadvantaged regions (according to a variety of data including, but not limited to, per-capita income, gross domestic product, literacy, maternal survival rates, life expectancy) to empower people to improve their well-being and address the causes and effects of poverty. Where humanitarian aid and disaster relief are meant to provide short-term fixes to emergencies, global development is meant to be long-term and sustainable.
Your organisation - regardless if you are applying as an individual organisation or part of a consortium - must be based in and/or have significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following target countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom
Yes, your project or individual stories within the project can also be published by/ distributed to other types of media organisations (‘secondary outlets’) and in other countries after it/they have been published by the eligible primary outlet as described in points 1 and 5 above.