The Fritt Ord Foundation allocates an additional MNOK 30 to journalism

January 6 2016

Press Release, 3 November 2014

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites applications for MNOK 10 annually over three years for journalism projects. The programme is entitled ‘Quality Journalism in a New Era’.

For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the current demanding situation being experienced by the media and thereby by the general public as a whole, we want to do even more to pave the way for and support critical, meaningful high-quality journalism in several fields.

“For that reason, the Fritt Ord Foundation has allocated up to MNOK 10 annually for three years for robust projects within six high-priority fields”, states Executive Director Knut Olav Åmås of the Fritt Ord Foundation.

The six areas are:

  • Journalism on Norway’s relationship to the EU
  • Journalism on climate issues
  • Critical journalism and facilitation of debates in local communities in Norway
  • Journalism for young media users
  • Investigative journalism in fields that are not sufficiently covered
  • Project support for independent columnists with publication agreements

The projects are to target the general public. Applicants may use any publication platform, and are encouraged to be multi-medial. Any independent, editor-driven publications and publicists with Norwegian media users as their target group may apply. The applicants may be editorial boards or individuals, but all support shall go to named individuals. We are open to new forms of cooperation between several editorial boards/groups of journalists, and freelancers with publication agreements are invited to apply.

We ask that project outlines be as concrete as possible, covering 3 to 5 pages, accompanied by brief attachments containing a timetable, information about other sources of funding, an overall project budget and a list of project team members with five lines of CV information on each. Label the application “New journalism” in the title field. Applicants should use the Fritt Ord Foundation’s digital application form, see and select “Application centre”.

Applications will be processed continuously throughout the year. Deadlines can be found here.

Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, telephone (+47) 908 68 139, or e-mail:

The Fritt Ord Foundation is a private non-profit foundation that aspires to promote freedom of expression, public debate, art and culture.

For help with the application process, contact the Fritt Ord Foundation at