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€1m for media helping reduce hardship in poor countries

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Maastricht, 01.12.2020, 18:02 Uhr
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Maastricht [ENA] The European Journalism Center (EJC) is offering grants of close to one million euros to media in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK that commit to a new agenda for covering global development topics. Announcing the competition the Dutch-based EJC said selected projects must help poor countries overcome poverty and hunger and provide good health, quality education, gender equality plus clean water.

Media organizations in above countries are now invited to compete for this last round of the European Development Journalism Grants program. The deadline for sub missions is 18 January. Outlets can apply alone or in a coalition of companies, for instance between media in different countries, or between a major general-interest news organization and a smaller institution with a specific expertise and audience. According to EJC applicant should be “opinion-forming news or broader journalism organization with a track record of accurate, fair, and responsible quality reporting” with the project focusing on one or more of the least developed countries and directly addressing the sustainable development goals listed above.

The European Development Journalism Grants program encourages media organizations to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage. Reporting regularly on development challenges during one year provides the opportunity to create awareness and engage audiences. Over the last five years 19 media organizations received funding through this program including CNN Global, Dagens Nyheter, De Correspondent, De Volkskrant, Euronews, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, New Internationalist, Der Spiegel, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Vanity Fair and VPRO.

The most recently awarded projects featured in-depth reporting on critical issues, informed and engaged audiences, and resonated both with readers and the communities they reported on, EJC said. They brought together innovative approaches, thorough research, fresh ways of reporting, state-of-the-art presentation methods and innovative storytelling techniques. “The Publisher Grant was a catalyst for As Equals, CNN’s series on gender inequality. Its support meant we could focus on the least developed parts of the world and gave us the scope to go big on a single issue and produce ambitious pieces of impactful visual storytelling,” Blathnaid Healy of CNN said.

EJC wants the project to deliver regular installments that are thematically connected over a period of 12 months and recognizable as a series. Applicants need to demonstrate that the projects benefit from their organization’s “full ownership and that the coverage has full editorial support during its entire run complete with the requisite above the fold placement and accompanying promotion.” The European Development Journalism Grants are supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. EJC, with the support of the Microsoft co-founder billionaire, has committed over €6.5m to supporting the development journalism ecosystem. “Together, we’ve funded over 200 projects,” EJC reported.

Another call, the Milena Jesenská Fellowship Program, named after the Czech journalist and writer Jesenská (1896–1944), offers European journalists time off in Austria from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice. The invitation is directed towards cultural journalists, with the term “cultural” being interpreted in a broad sense to encompass a wide variety of intellectual and artistic fields. However, applicants’ work may also deal with societal issues of European relevance and be related to one of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) main research fields. Journalists from European countries as well as Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan can apply for this research fellowship.

Sponsored by Austria’s IWM, four newsroom fellows will receive a EUR7,500 stipend for their three-month stay in Vienna. Travel grants of up to EUR1,900 are also available for research trips to neighboring countries. Applicants are expected to have several years of experience in print, broadcast or online journalism. Milena Jesenská was journalist and mediator between the Czech and German cultures in Bohemia, who died in 1944 in the Ravensbrueck concentration camp. Deadline for applications is 31 January. Cooperation partners include the savings banks’ Erste Foundation and the Project Syndicate, an international association of more than 430 newspapers.

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