The Engaged Journalism Accelerator is a programme delivering grant funding, coaching, mentoring, resources and events to support engaged journalism in European news organisations.

It launched in April 2018 and is entirely run by the European Journalism Centre (EJC), an international non-profit headquartered in The Netherlands.

We believe engaged journalism provides the best chance of combatting the challenges that journalism faces: that of restoring trust in media, of developing new sustainable revenue models, and providing citizens with the diverse sources of information they need to make informed decisions.

If you have more questions about the Accelerator, check out our FAQs.

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The Accelerator is kindly supported by a €1.7 million fund from News Integrity Initiative and Civil


Civil is a decentralised marketplace for sustainable journalism that uses blockchain and cryptoeconomics to empower journalists across the world

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News Integrity Initiative

The News Integrity Initiative is a philanthropic fund to foster mutually trusting relationships between journalists and the communities they serve

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An overview of the project's upcoming milestones

January 2019

Accelerator announces second cohort of grantees, taking the total to 12 organisations

February 2019

Grantees begin their funding period and start work on their core activity

March 2019

Accelerator workshop with all grantees to share knowledge and discuss progress

June 2019

Closed call grantees complete their funding period



Madalina Ciobanu
Project manager
Contact for: coaching, mentorship, peer-to-peer learning, engaged journalism events

Kathryn Geels
Programme director
Contact for: programme strategy, grants, stakeholder & research partnerships, and impact

Ben Whitelaw
Engagement lead
Contact for: resources (toolkits, case studies), communications and grants
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