Our Mission:

We empower journalists to deliver trustworthy news essential for vibrant societies.

ICFJ works at the nexus of journalism and technology, building the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. Through our work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. As a result, we are increasing the flows of reliable, trustworthy news - a cornerstone of healthy democracies. We believe that better journalism leads to better lives.

Thank you for applying to the Accelerator Alumni Grant Fund supported by the Facebook Journalism Project and administered by the International Center for Journalists.

This is an opportunity for Accelerator alumni worldwide to implement small but meaningful improvements in your business, test new ideas, and show results within 120 days.

You are eligible for this program if you are an Accelerator alumni organization who has turned in their grant report for their most recent round of Accelerator grant funding. You are not eligible if you are still working on an existing grant project.

You may apply for grant amounts between $10,000 and $25,000 USD. The total amount of grant funding to be awarded is $500,000.

This application will close on July 15, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so it is advantageous to apply earlier.

This funding can support any investment that will continue to accelerate a news organization’s transformation to greater sustainability. Examples of projects could include...

  • Doubling down on an initiative that’s showing early promise and that the team believes will be crucial to an organization’s long term success.
  • Investing in a new opportunity after initial testing shows high long-term potential.
  • Running an experiment in a new area to assess its potential.

What criteria will we use to evaluate applications?

  • Does this investment have the potential to generate measurable financial impact measured by customer lifetime value (CLV)?
  • Can this project be executed and measured within the next 120 days?
  • Would this project be replicable or inspiring to other members of the Accelerator alumni community? If so, how?

Judges will include Facebook, the Accelerator coaching team and ICFJ.

Please complete this form by Friday, April 30. If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Dibbert (tdibbert@icfj.org) or Cory Sagerstrom (csagerstrom@icfj.org).

Please complete this form by Wednesday, June 30. If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Dibbert (tdibbert@icfj.org) or Cory Sagerstrom (csagerstrom@icfj.org).

Do you know of a journalism tool, app or resource that we haven’t covered? A media innovator who has a fascinating story to tell? Or do you simply want to discuss a current media trend taking place in your country?

If so, we want to hear from you.

IJNet accepts pitches from readers, and in doing so, we hope to build a network of global, diverse contributors whose work can help as many journalists as possible.

Most of our freelancers work in English, but we've recently added the opportunity to write in Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. If you would prefer to write in one of these languages, please indicate that on the form below. 

We have noticed that many pitches are on topics unrelated to the content IJNet pitches. Before filling out the form, please familiarize yourself with IJNet content. We are a resource for journalists, and all our content focuses on the field of journalism. Below are some basic models for stories, with linked examples.

If we’re interested in your idea, we will get back to you as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to everyone.

Not sure how to write a story pitch? Here are some tips from IJNet Contributor Sherry Ricchiardi.

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