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Journalists can now apply for grants to help them produce innovative and in-depth coverage of “issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals”.
According to a release from the European Journalism Centre, it recently received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which will help it offer up to 30 grants this year.
The press release adds:
The Centre will provide a selection of innovative reporting projects with the necessary funds to enable journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop entirely new and experimental reporting and presentation methods.
They will also be able to use multi-platform approaches and to think laterally across disciplines and techniques of journalistic storytelling.
Applications for grants should start from at least €8,000, with the centre expecting to give out grants of €20,000 on average. The deadline for applications is 15 March. More details on how to apply are on the grants website.
Hannah McLean, community manager at the European Journalism Centre said it is “looking for new ways of reporting that break outside the lines of the usual story”.
We encourage applicants to use multi-platform approaches and to think laterally across disciplines and techniques of journalistic storytelling.
We want applicants to experiment with new reporting and presentation methods. One of the ways they could accomplish this would be through digital storytelling.
Niche and hyperlocal news sites in the US are to receive $3.14 million in funding from the Knight Foundation as part of its Community Information Challenge.
The money will be divided up into grants aimed at encouraging greater investment in media-related projects by community foundations, whose funding is matched by Knight.
Receivers of the grants this year will include the Alaska Community Foundation for the Alaska Public Telecommunications project which hosts hyperlocal blogs and virtual community ‘think-tanks’ on issues such as arts and culture; ACCESS News, a website for the deaf community and West Anniston Today in Alabama, which reports on industrial pollution in that area.
The full list of community foundations and supported projects can be found here.
The Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma has received a grant which will enable it to offer training on reporting of mental health issues in the US, as well as providing long-term resources on its website.
According to a release on the organisation’s online blog, the grant was awarded by the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioural Health and will be used to run workshops in Philadelphia as well as connecting journalists with experts in the field.
Following the workshops the centre’s website will offer a range of resources including tip sheets, background briefing documents and expert interviews to improve the work of journalists covering mental health issues on a wider scale.