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Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). The grant programme aims to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues.

The grant is intended to raise awareness about these issues by having a strong impact on media audiences in eight of the European countries with the highest net official development assistance: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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Innovative reporting projects will be awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling. At a time when many media organizations face financial constraints, the grant programme aims to better enable media houses to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and thus set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.

Number of awards: A maximum of 25 to 30 grants will be made available in 2013.

Duration of award : The projects funded under this grant project need to be completed within 4 months after signing the grant contract. If your story requires more time, please provide a reasonable explanation regarding why your story pitch.

What does it cover? Applicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. For your reference, they expect the average grant given to be about €20,000. A maximum of 25 to 30 grants will be made available in 2013. Applicants may apply for full or partial story funding. Full grants may cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, including travel and accommodation, possible technical costs for equipment or crew, information procurement costs (such as access to professional databases or original data gathering efforts), graphics design and visualization, adaptation of software, and other justified costs incurred directly in the implementation of the project. Alternatively, partial grants can be made available to top up existing reporting budgets.

Selection Criteria: Award decisions will be based solely on journalistic quality and merit, and will be taken in complete editorial independence from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Notification: Following the application deadline, each applicant will be notified of the final decision by email within three weeks after the deadline has passed.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application form will be closed on the 2nd of September 2013 (midnight CET).

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