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Friday, March 08, 2013

Knight Foundation backs 8 new projects with its Prototype Fund to foster innovative journalism

 Journalism advocate Knight Foundation has announced eight new investments from its Prototype Fund, which will go toward early-stage projects related to media and journalism. The foundation is using round of the investments, which max out at $50,000 per project, to move to making smaller grants at earlier stages. “With the cost of experimentation dropping these days, it’s almost too expensive to not test an idea. So instead, we’re providing small amounts of funding, to see what works, and learn from the experiments to help move media forward,” Knight Prototype Fund head Chris Barr said. Recipients are tasked with using the funds to turn their ideas into demonstrations in order to decide whether it’s worth pursuing the project further. (TNW)

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Press Releases

Data-based pilot study looks into characteristics of migration coverage

A comparative analysis of media coverage of migration issues in five countries, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, showed that:

• at face value, mainstream news media are broadly adhering to journalistic standards when covering migration;

• migration is, however, frequently framed and presented in a way that may counteract the spirit of journalism ethics;

• the reporting agenda is strongly influenced by a national focus and has deficits where the big picture of migration is concerned.

The findings of the study were presented and discussed at the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna on 28 February 2013.

Posted on February 28, 2013 by EJC
Filed under news.

The European Journalism Centre announces journalism grants for innovations in development reporting

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce that it has received financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance journalistic coverage of issues related to global development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, in 2013 the EJC will implement a grants programme supported by the Gates Foundation.

Posted on January 21, 2013 by EJC
Filed under projects.

The 4th edition of CLICK ABOUT IT announces winners

Following the past three successful editions, the fourth round of CLICK ABOUT IT focused on the theme “Crises & Disasters”. This competition received over 2000 photographs from more than 570 qualified applicants from all around the world. Two overall winners will be awarded with a reporting trip, organised by the EJC, to a post-disaster area in early 2013. Five runners-up will receive a 200 US dollar Amazon coupon or money transfer of the equivalent amount. Two honorable mentions were added for their significant work and will receive a 100 US dollar Amazon coupon or money transfer of the equivalent amount.

Posted on January 2, 2013 by EJC
Filed under announcements.

The EJC and Vuselela Media launch youth media literacy programme across South Africa

On 2 September 2012, as part of the European Journalism Centre’s (EJC) five-year Netherlands Foreign Ministry funded project ‘Press Freedom 2.0’, the EJC and its South African partner organisation, Vuselela Media, launched a two-month national skills development tour, visiting nine community centres and twenty-seven high schools across South Africa.

Posted on November 12, 2012 by EJC
Filed under projects.

The European Journalism Centre launches development awareness programme in Kenya

On 2 October 2012 the European Journalism Centre (EJC) officially launched its multi-year programme in Kenya in partnership with Kenyan media organisation AfricaonAir and Dakar-based journalism school E-jicom.

Posted on October 16, 2012 by EJC
Filed under announcements.

RIA Novosti releases a Russian translation of The Data Journalism Handbook

The Russian translation of The Data Journalism Handbook, which was produced and published by the Russian International News & Information Agency (RIA Novosti) with support from the European Journalism Centre, has now been released.

Posted on September 24, 2012 by EJC
Filed under announcements.

The EJC announces special focus on Emergency Journalism in digital age

At this year’s PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, the EJC is organising a session titled “Maps, the Power of the Crowd & Big Data Verification” on 17 September at the EYE Film Institute. The event will investigate the changing ownership in society and media in digital age, the advantages and limitations of crisis mapping, and the role of journalists in verifying crowd sourced information in disaster situation.

Posted on September 5, 2012 by EJC
Filed under announcements.

EJC Bolivian partner announces local winners of WAN-IFRA “My Dream Interview” competition

In early July newspaper readers across Bolivia encountered a new take on the standard journalism interview. Published in the pages of 12 of the most respected print media in the country were interviews developed and carried out by students between the ages of 11 and 14.  Among those interviewed were the Bolivian president, a gay rights activist, former boxer, and a catholic priest. Organized by the Fundacion para el Periodismo (FPP), the only criteria students had to follow was that the interview had to be a person that they felt has contributed significantly to the building of Bolivian society through hard work.

Posted on August 31, 2012 by EJC
Filed under projects.

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