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The European Journalism Centre (EJC)  Solutions Journalism Accelerator Programme 2022

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Application Deadline: 6 May 2022

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) has launched the Solutions Journalism Accelerator that is supporting up to 18 European media organisations/ consortiums reporting on long-term solutions-focused development journalism. 

Purpose: 

The Solutions Journalism Accelerator is a programme delivering grant funding, mentoring, coaching, resources and knowledge transfer to support solutions-focused development journalism in European news organisations.

Mission: 

To create demonstrable impact on the public, key stakeholders and the media landscape through raising awareness of, and enabling media organisations to undertake more, solutions-focused development journalism.

Vision: 

To inspire and enable all media organisations in Europe to build resilience through creating greater public awareness, critical understanding and positive social change about urgent global issues.

This Call for Applications is providing grants of up to €130,000 with bespoke mentoring and coaching for each grantee, and is aimed at opinion-forming media organisations that are based in and/or have significant reach to audiences across France, Germany or the United Kingdom.

Approximately nine media organisations/ consortiums will be awarded funding in this cohort, with a second Call for Applications being launched in 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the Programme:

  1. Individual media organisations or consortiums of up to two media organisations
  2. Organisations must be opinion-forming media organisations that are based in and/or have significant reach to audiences in one or more of the following target countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom
    • In the case of a consortium, the ‘lead applicant’ must be an opinion-forming media organisation even if the second organisation is not. Both organisations still need to be based in and/or have significant reach to audiences in France, Germany or the United Kingdom. 
  3. Organisations (or in the case of a consortium, the ‘lead applicant’) must have prior application or experience of solutions journalism
    • This can include publication of solutions journalism stories, receiving grants or other funding for solutions journalism initiatives, editorial staff completing solutions journalism training etc
  4. Organisations should be signed up to a press regulator, trust initiative, or part of a press association
  5. Organisations (or in the case of a consortium, the ‘lead applicant’) must complete, in full, the dedicated online application form (see ‘How to apply’ on page 13) and a project budget
  6. Organisations must have relevant policy/ procedure/ supporting documents: 
    • a minimum of three of the following should be published on each organisation’s website: Mission statement, Editorial policy, Code of conduct, Transparency statement, Complaints procedure, Diversity policy, Privacy policy, Whistleblower policy 
  7. Organisations (or in the case of a consortium, the ‘lead applicant’) must have a bank account that accepts international payments
  8. Organisations that have had previous funding directly from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can apply as part of a consortium, as long as they are not the lead applicant
    • Organisations that have had previous funding directly from the EJC can apply as an individual applicant or as the lead applicant of a consortium.

Benefits

Mentoring

During the Accelerator, grantees will have access to mentors and coaches in order to help them effectively deliver their project objectives, develop skills, knowledge and confidence within project teams, and implement a solutions journalism approach to their stories.

Coaching

Grantees will also be provided with group-based coaching on specific topics, concepts or challenges during two, full-day, in-person bootcamps (locations TBC). One bootcamp will take place at the start of grantees’ projects with the second scheduled to be four or five months later.

Official Website: EJC Solutions Journalism Accelerator Programme 2022

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