Advancing journalistic coverage on innovations in development issues is a vital way of raising public awareness of the problems faced in global development. In January 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched an initiative to advance journalistic coverage of such issues. This year the European Journalism Centre (EJC) will be offering a grant program to advance creative reporting on innovations. The grant aims at having a strong media impact on the audiences of eight European countries (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) as these nations have the highest development spending.
At a time when many media organizations are facing stringent financial constraints, the grant program is a welcome initiative to encourage and enable high quality journalism to cover projects in areas that do not usually enjoy extensive coverage. With this aid support, journalists, editors, and development stakeholders will be able to undertake thorough research as well as develop new, exciting, and even experimental journalism and present exhibit innovations with new presentation methods.
Further information can be found under www.journalismgrants.org.