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journalismfund.eu: New call for proposals and new options

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on April 17, 2010

BRUSSELS – 17 / 4 / 2010 – Journalismfund.eu now can distribute another round of research grants. If journalists have a good idea for an investigative story but lack time or money to carry out the research, they can apply for funding. As a new option this call not only offers support for cross-border stories but also for European affairs stories.

By Brigitte Alfter

The next round for proposals to apply for a research grant from Journalismfund.eu is now open. The overall amount to be distributed this time will be € 25.000, the deadline for applications is June 14th 2010 at 12 o’clock noon.

For the first time we now offer two types of grants: One for cross-border reporting, and one for stories about European affairs. Read the rules for applications and assessment criteria. Applications are only accepted via the online application form.

Journalismfund.eu has had some very interesting applications, two of them are already published, one unveiled terrible working conditions of trafficked workers, and one unveiled dodgy business schemes in several countries.

However the criteria did not allow for journalism where only one colleague was doing the research on a European subject. We hope, that the new choice between cross-border reporting and European affairs stories will allow a broader variety of stories in this call for proposals.

With this call we also introduce an almost two months application period. The prolonged time to write the application will hopefully allow for some well-prepared applications. In the last round the jury had to turn down some interesting looking applications, because they were not clear enough or left too many open questions.

The outcome of the jury meeting will be announced on June 22nd.

In order to help applicants with the formalities of their applications, there will be arranged a series of skype chats, where interested journalists are welcome to reserve a time slot to get one-to-one advice about the application procedure.

The skype sessions will be arranged on April 28th, May 7th and May 10th , each of the days from 9am to 12 am Brussels time. The skype address is journalismfund.eu. If there is further need, further dates will be announced. Please reserve a time for the chat via brigitte.alfter@journalismfund.eu. Of course interested colleagues are also welcome to send questions directly by mail.

The new features for for this application are another step in our development of the best practice for this model of distributing European grants for journalistic research. The development of Journalismfund.eu and the research grants are supported by the Norwegian Fritt Ord Foundation and the Open Society Media Program aswell as via the Fonds Pascal Decroos by the government of Flanders in Belgium.

(Source: 04/2010 – Journalismfund.eu)

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