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

Hello everybody! Although you know I have never published any press release without taking my time to write down the information in other words, I have to apologize because I’m running out of time but I consider this piece of news really interesting to share with you. Hope you will find it useful and let me know if you apply! 😉


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.

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. Award decisions, based on journalistic quality and merit, will be taken in complete editorial independence from the Gates Foundation. Sigue leyendo

The BBC World and the British Council run the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012

Do you love writing? What about listening your play broadcast on the BBC World Service? Once again, and now in its 23rd year, the BBC World and the British Council, in partnership with the Commonwealth Writers, launch the International Radio Playwriting Competition.

If you are a non British resident (and if you have plenty of imagination), I really encourage you to write a 53-minute radio drama (for up to six characters) and if you are successful (2 winners), you will have the opportunity to go to London and see how your script is made into a full radio production, and then… how it will be broadcast on the BBC World Service!!!

Don’t panic if English is not your mother language as there are 2 categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for the ones with English as their second (or third) language.

Before start writing, have a look at the rules and if you have any doubts about the script format, check this useful link where you can find some tips like abbreviations or examples. However, if you want to read some radio scripts to get some inspiration, don’t miss the Script Library in the Writers Room. Also for free, there is the “guide to scriptwriting essentials“.

I’m astonished to see all the information you can find surfing on the BBC website. From how to get started, developing your idea, to form and format or keeping your story going in the middle. Without doubt, this is a good practice even if you are not considering to apply for the competition.

Not enough motivated? Well, there is also a £2,000 prize for the winners and there are certificates for runners-up.

Remember, you have time to send your playwriting until the 31th of July!