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[liberationtech] Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme announces 2nd deadline for submissions

Yosem Companys companys at
Wed Mar 27 13:18:06 PDT 2013

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it
has received more than 500 applications in the first round of the
Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme.

“We are very happy to observe such a high media interest in reporting
global development stories. Regardless of the outcome, we are very
enthusiastic that over the past two months journalists and media
organisations have taken a closer look at and really thought outside
of the box when it comes to stories from the developing world. We hope
that media houses will keep up this trend, as a well-informed public
in the developed world can have a positive impact on policies for the
developing world”, said Wilfried Ruetten, EJC Director.

Over the next three 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 have one month’s time to submit a complete proposal and provide
any necessary supporting documents. The first grants will be announced
at the end of May.

Everyone else whose best global development pitch is still on the
shelf: don’t be discouraged. On the 3rd of April we will be opening
our second call for applications.

In order to give interested candidates sufficient time to prepare
powerful proposals we will run a second, longer round over the coming
five months, as opposed to the remaining two shorter rounds that were
planned initially.

The second round to submit entries will run until midnight (24:00) CET
on 2 September 2013.

The Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) 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

A selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and
high visibility will be awarded funding in 2013.

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


Email: info at
Twitter: @journagrants

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