Microgrants & Mentoring
To support the development of Solutions Journalism in the Czech Republic, Transitions in cooperation with local partners, opens micro-grant calls in several Central European countries. This support is designed for journalists and editors as well as for freelancers who want to do rigorous reporting and bring evidence-based inspiration and knowledge from other places that are facing similar social challenges to their communities to help them responding to their problems.
In addition to financial support, we also offer mentoring during the whole production of the article to achieve the highest possible quality. Participation in a practical SJ workshop or in a webinar by Solutions Journalism Network (duration of approximately 2 hours) is a condition to receive the the grant.
The proposal should meet 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 has clear objectives and suggests how to measure the impact
- It uses multimedia, data visualization, and social networks to spread the story
The proposal must meet the basic criteria of the Journalism Solutions:
- quality, honest 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 a good intent)
- 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:
- Solution Orientation Orientation (Social Response Rate Investigation Rate),
- the quality of the project (clearly defined objectives of the project and the activities leading to their achievement),
- impact impact of project outcomes (social impact),
- the societal importance of the topic and the contribution to the public debate,
- Predicted audience reach (number of readers / listeners / viewers)
- the professional credibility of the author / editorial staff and the persons involved in the implementation,
- the probability that the applicant will be focused on resolving journalism in the future.
Candidates can apply for support through this form with their project. The deadline for the call is September 20, 2018.
Each request will be judged by a commission composed of representatives Transitions and Solutions Journalism Network. This commission will select the winning candidates to be announced on October 1, 2018. The grant recipients have three months (until December 31, 2018) 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 following statement: “Report / Contribution / article was created thanks to the support of Transitions.”