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EJC launches Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany

Press Release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, September 14, 2016

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is delighted to announce the launch of another special edition of its journalism grants programme “Innovation in Development Reporting”: The “Global Health Journalism Grant Programme for Germany”. The action receives financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The level of public health and the functioning (or not) of health systems play a major part in the political and economic prospects of the world’s developing countries; they also affect both stability and migration. Germany is one of the world’s major actors both in development cooperation and in research and technology related to healthcare. However, health aspects of development only scarcely receive the attention of journalists and, thus, of the German public. In response, the EJC will award 16 stipends to freelance journalists over the coming 18 months, each worth €10,000 (plus additional cost reimbursement opportunities). Each fellow will create and publish a series of items that shed light on health-related issues of developing countries, while putting health into the broader context of development cooperation, political stability, migration, and international relations.

EJC Director Wilfried Rütten welcomed this addition to the Centre’s existing journalism grants programme and thanked the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their continuing trust and support. “I am a strong believer in quality journalism as a catalyst for important social and political issues such as global health and development. But there’s never enough of it. We need to enable journalists to work to the best of their capacities and cover topics that don’t necessarily have the highest priority on the daily news agenda.”

Eligible for stipends are professional freelance journalists competent on topics such as health, science, development cooperation, and/or international affairs, who produce original German reporting for relevant German media organisations or outlets with a relevant audience reach in Germany.

Stipends will cover fees and expenses for journalistic work as a lump sum. In addition, there is a limited budget available for extra costs, such as long-distance travel and possible technical expenses for crews, equipment, data acquisition and analysis, visualisation, translations, etc.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 12 October 2016, (22:00 CET). Entries can be submitted online only and by using this application form. Award decisions, based on journalistic quality and merit, will be taken by the EJC in complete editorial independence from the Gates Foundation.

All funded projects must be freely accessible to a German online audience without any access barriers such as paywalls or registration.

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For any questions contact EJC via [email protected].

A detailed set of responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found here.

Note to editors:

The umbrella grants programme “Innovation in Development Reporting” (IDR) was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project rewards quality journalism and advances a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage through the award of funding to state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility. Since 2013, the programme has granted funding to 100 projects. In 2015, in a special funding round, the IDR programme supported four major European news organisations (Spiegel Online, WeltN24, Dagens Nyheter, De Correspondent) in their efforts to run special sections dedicated to development cooperation.

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 journalists.


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