Your chance to investigate cross-border stories with funded research, travel expenses, one-to-one mentoring and the potential for publication in the regional and international media.
Experienced journalists across the Balkans are invited to apply for the seventh annual Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
To apply, read or download the following:
For this year's programme, we encourage applicants to consider the theme of Integrity. We expect the best proposals to put some of the broad ideas evoked by the theme into sharp focus.
We also expect applicants to reflect on the role society plays in their stories. It is ultimately the relationships between people that makes politics and other processes interesting.
Ensure you think about your story's significance not just in your home country, but also in at least one other regional state and within the European Union. Choose phenomena that are relevant and current.
Journalists selected for the fellowship by our independent committee will receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel expenses. They will also be expected to participate in career development seminars in Vienna and the region.
Completed articles will be published in English and other languages in the regional and international media.
In addition, the top three articles, again judged by an independent committee, will attract awards of €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.
Journalists who have taken part in the fellowship say it has developed their skills and extended their expertise to other countries.
“I am grateful that the fellowship programme allowed me to carry out an in-depth investigation on a subject matter I had been researching for a long time,” says 2012 Fellowship winner, Sorana Stanescu. “The best part was the opportunity to work with a very scrupulous editor, an experience you rarely get in the Romanian media and that can only enhance one's storytelling.”
The fellowship programme aims to develop and support Balkan journalists reporting on complex reform issues. It was established by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
An investigation by BIRN Editor Lawrence Marzouk and local journalists in Albania and Serbia has received widespread republications and praise in the Albanian press and broadcast media.
BIRN journalists Nektar Zogjani and Tinka Kurti were awarded the first prize for online investigative journalism about poverty by UNDP and the Journalists Association of Kosovo.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a call for investigative stories on October 23rd.
The call is part of the program ‘Exposing Corruption in Albania,’ supported by th Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA), the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Power Games, an unprecedented investigation into the murky world of energy deals in the Balkans, has been launched by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Albania organised a roundtable on October 21st in Tirana, bringing together journalists with civil society organisations working in the field of education.
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold the US premiere of its latest documentary, ‘Missing You’, on Thursday October 23 at Columbia University in New York.
The German government organization GIZ awarded Gazeta Jeta në Kosovë for investigative journalism about education.
BIRN Serbia held a public debate on the prospects of new models of budgetary financing for the media with NGO and media representatives in Novi Pazar, southwest Serbia.
The key conclusion from the debate in Belgrade on Tuesday was that the recently-published EU Progress Report on Serbia was not too hard on the Serbian government, but it does not mention many problems and some of the conclusions and recommendations are identical to the 2013 Progress Report.
BIRN’s documentary The Majority Starts Here was screened for the first time in the United States on Thursday, at Columbia University in New York.