European Journalism Centre: Innovation in Development Reporting Grant (IDR) Programme

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Deadline: 6 September 2017
The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is currently seeking applications for its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant (IDR) Programme with an aim to advance innovative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues.
Focus Issues
  • Food production and food security
  • Health and nutrition
  • Food trade and markets
Grant Information
The average grant given is around €20,000 and the programme is open to both freelancers and newsrooms.
Country Focus
To be eligible, your story must:
  • Focus on relevant SDG 2 issues in one or more of the world’s developing countries, excluding the countries from the former Yugoslav Republic, former Soviet Union countries, China and countries covered by a US financial embargo (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria).
  • Report on one or more of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and/or the key European donor countries’ development relations with LDCs are strongly preferred
Eligibility Criteria
  • Both freelance journalists and employed newsroom staff may apply. There is no citizenship, nationality or residence/location restriction on the applicants as long as the final results are published in media outlets with significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following European countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom).
  • The funded stories can be published in any of the official languages of the five admissible countries.
  • Only media outlets from the eligible countries can be considered as primary outlets. Secondary outlets may cater to any other European country, while publications outside Europe are most welcome for supplemental dissemination.
  • Freelance journalists are expected to pitch their stories to the media organisations themselves, and are encouraged to charge freelance fees where appropriate.
  • The Journalism Grants community is a great place to get advice on which partners to target.
  • They also encourage partnerships with media organisations who have not previously published IDR projects.
  • Newsrooms and their employed journalists are particularly encouraged to apply, however applications from state-owned or directly government-controlled entities are not eligible.
  • The Guardian and Le Monde Afrique are also not eligible as primary publication partners, as they already receive direct support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Successful applications show deep engagement and collaboration with local reporters on the ground.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply online via given website.
For more information, please visit Innovation in Development Reporting Grant.