[okfn-za] Fwd: Press release: The European Journalism Centre launches new call for applications for innovative development storytelling grants

Siyabonga Africa siyafrica at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 12:44:24 UTC 2015

Looks like an interesting opportunity for those people within the community
who have a great story idea that just needs funding.

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*Press release: The European Journalism Centre launches new call for
applications for innovative development storytelling grants

*Press release The European Journalism Centre FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January
14, 2015*

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has launched today, January 14th,
the fifth
call <http://send.posta.be/t/r-l-cuillhl-tludhhittk-s/> for applications
for its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.
Journalists and media organisations can submit applications for innovative
development storytelling grants until the 25th of February 2015 (22:00
CET). Story ideas can be pitched via the online application form

“Alongside the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have, as of this
round, also updated our application criteria
<http://send.posta.be/t/r-l-cuillhl-tludhhittk-w/> because we want the
funded projects to meet the new development priorities and to achieve
meaningful public impact. At a crossroads moment for global development, we
want to support stories that can have an impact on societies globally, by
also looking into solutions to the most stringent problems of development”,
said Wilfried Ruetten, EJC Director.

In order to maximise the impact of the funded projects, the updated
application criteria make reference to such elements as: strong editorial
and journalistic approach, good transnational reach, innovation of topic
and format, well-thought-out packaging, publication and delivery strategy,
and significant impact on societies. These renewed criteria will firmly
guide the entire assessment process, which will place an important emphasis
on stories that can ensure a major impact on targeted audiences.

“The year 2015 will be historical for global development and we are very
proud that we can continue supporting new development narratives through
additional funding awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allowing
us to extend the grant programme to 2015 and 2016”, added Wilfried Ruetten.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and
2016 that will all be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centered
on global development topics. In 2015-2016 the programme will run four
rounds of applications and organise four Bootcamp style events tailor-made
for the winners of each round. Additionally, in the coming months the
programme will have a new website focused on measuring impact of funded

For a showcase of awarded grants, see our portfolio
<http://send.posta.be/t/r-l-cuillhl-tludhhittk-yd/>. For any questions,
contact us at info at journalismgrants.org.

*Note for editors:*

The Innovation in 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. Since 2013 the programme granted funding to 53 projects.

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.


Email: info at journalismgrants.org
Website: http://journalismgrants.org
Facebook: http://facebook.com/journalism.grants
Twitter: http://twitter.com/journagrants
Mailing list: http://journalismgrants.org/contact-us/

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