Microgrants & Mentoring
To support the development of Solutions Journalism in Central Europe, Transitions, in cooperation with local partners, regularly opens micro-grant calls in the countries of the region. This support is designed for journalists (including freelancers) who want to do rigorous reporting and bring inspiration from other places that are facing similar social challenges to their communities to help them respond to their problems.
In addition to financial support, we also offer mentoring during the entire production of the article to achieve the highest possible quality. Participation in a practical SJ workshop or in a webinar by the Solutions Journalism Network (duration of approximately 2 hours) is a condition to receive a grant.
Each proposal should meet the following principles:
- It relies on data and research
- It examines how local communities, public administrations, politicians and institutions in other places deal with a particular social problem
- It uses creative ways to spread the story once it is published/aired.
The proposal must meet the basic criteria of Solutions Journalism:
- high-quality journalism (rigorous reporting)
- describes an existing response to a social problem, how it works, and why (it does not present theories and claims of “should be”)
- brings evidence of the impact of the solution being pursued (not just good intentions)
- offers a broader insight / lesson that can be beneficial to others in a similar situation
- discusses the limits of the solution / response (no solution is perfect).
The following factors will be taken into account when assessing the application:
- Focus on solution (investigation of the response to a problem),
- the quality of the project (clearly defined objectives and the activities leading to their achievement),
- impact of project outcomes (social impact),
- the societal importance of the topic and the contribution to public debate,
- predicted audience reach (number of readers / listeners / viewers)
- the professional credibility of the author / editorial staff and the individuals involved in project implementation,
- the probability that the applicant will continue doing Solutions Journalism in the future.
Candidates can apply for support through the application form with their project in the particular countries.
Each request will be judged by a commission composed of representatives of Transitions, the local partner in the particular country and the Solutions Journalism Network. This commission will select and announce the winning candidates. The grant recipients will have three months to publish their work.
After publishing the story, the grantee is required to submit a report of a minimum of 4,000 characters on his/her practical experience with the use of Solutions Journalism. Each published story needs to include the following statement: “Report / contribution / article was created thanks to the support of Transitions.”