At a time when many media organisations face financial constrains, the grant programme aims to encourage media houses to go beyond their usual reporting approaches and thus set a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage.
We fervently beleive that communities and news organizations working together can transform local journalism, and that philantropy's most valuable role is to nurture networks, and provide a blend of operating support with experimental dollars."
The IDR grant has been a transformative experience. We have covered a wide range of topics, from watergrabbing to food security, always pushing us to innovate and look at development journalism with a new angle. That’s what I call a game changer in impact journalism.
Over the last two years, the European Journalism Centre's Innovation in Development Reporting has given me the opportunity to look beyond the news. All the projects realized in the EJC network are beautifully ambitious: technically sophisticated, editorially free, and proudly against the mainstream narrative. That's precious, especially at a time when the importance of journalism keeps being questioned.
We would never have started our first international project without the help of Journalism Grants. Our first grant allowed us to go beyond borders and create a huge international project, Medicamentalia, the investigation that more happiness bring us so far: we won the Data Journalism Award and the Gabriel García Márquez Award.
Being committed to report on sustainability issues in a constructive way really had a profound impression on our newsroom. We use our funded project "Expedition BeyondTomorrow" as a catalyst to establish new cooperations, technologies and approaches to investigate topics and narrate stories. And the constructive feedback of our readers is absolutely encouraging.
Data Editor, ICFJ Knight Fellow
Journalist for BioEcoGeo, La Stampa
Journalist, Foundation Civio
Head of data journalism, Spiegel Online