24 November 12

Romanian Journalist Wins 2012 Balkan Fellowship Award

Sorana Stanescu, a journalist from Romania, takes first place in the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence for her story about the job restrictions that have left migrant construction workers underpaid and vulnerable to exploitation.

The top prize in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has been won by Sorana Stanescu for her article, Cheap and Far from Free: The Migrants Building Britain.

Stanescu, a reporter for the Romanian public broadcaster, won 4,000 euros in prize money.

Second place and a 3,000-euro award went to Saska Cvetkovska from Macedonia for her article, Want to Work? Join the Party: Contacts Trump Merit in Balkan Job Market.

Aleksandra Bogdani took third place, winning a 1,000 euro prize, for her investigation entitled, Secrets and Lies: Victims of Albanian Communism Denied Closure.

The winning articles were selected by an independent panel of judges, including Florian Bieber, a professor and director of the Centre for Southeast Studies at the University of Graz; Remzi Lami, the executive director of the Albanian Media Institute, Milorad Ivanovic, executive editor of the Serbian weekly, Novi Magazin; Markus Spielman, editor of the Swiss newspaper, Neue Zeitung Zuricher; and Adelheid Wölfl, Zagreb correspondent for the Austrian daily, Der Standard.

All members of the committee stressed that it had been “extremely difficult” to choose the three winners. They noted that the winning article covered a highly relevant and complex topic, demonstrating great mastery of detail.

Stanescu said she was grateful that the fellowship had allowed her to carry out an in-depth investigation on a subject that she had been researching for a long time.

“The best part of the programme was the opportunity to work with a very scrupulous editor, an experience you rarely get in Romania, and one that can only enhance one’s storytelling,” she said.

The winners were announced on the evening of Friday, 23 November, at a ceremony at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skopje. Besides fellows and jury members, a further 30 journalists from the region who are alumni of the fellowship also participated in the event.

The theme for this year’s competition was “communities”. Journalists on the programme reported on topics ranging from football fan groups, the environmental movement, radical Islamists, youth unemployment, orphans and the exploitation of immigrant workers within the European Union.

Initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation in 2007, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, the annual fellowship provides financial and professional support to foster quality reporting in the Balkan region.

Additionally, the programme encourages regional networking among journalists and provides balanced coverage of complex reform issues that are central to the region and the European Union.

This year’s ten fellows were selected from more than 120 applicants from nine Balkan countries. Next year’s programme will be open for applications from early 2013.

Fill out my online form.

Latest News and Events

birn-macedonia-wins-eu-investigative-awards

BIRN Macedonia Wins EU Investigative Awards

A series of articles by Boris Georgievski won the prize for best investigation of 2015, while second prize went to BIRN's database, ‘Skopje 2014 uncovered’.

eu-prize-highlights-cross-border-collaboration

EU Prize Highlights Cross-Border Collaboration

An award-winning investigation into a $75m road-building contract underscores the importance of cross-border collaboration.

birn-reports-win-eu-investigative-journalism-awards

BIRN Reports Win EU Investigative Journalism Awards

BIRN Serbia journalist Aleksandar Djordjevic win first prize in the EU awards for investigative journalism in Serbia, while the third prize went to BIRN’s Ivan Angelovski, Jelena Cosic, Petrit Collaku and Kreshnik Gashi.

birn-kosovo-publishes-court-monitoring-report

BIRN Kosovo Publishes Court Monitoring Report

BIRN Kosovo court monitoring report paid particular attention to trials related to corruption but also addressed several other problems that were observed during fieldwork.

birn-albania-investigation-wins-eu-award

BIRN Albania Investigation Wins EU Award

The investigation Albania’s Judges Wealth Escapes Scrutiny, by journalist Leonard Bakillari has won the first prize in the EU Investigative Journalism Award 2015 for Albania.

birn-s-kosovo-war-film-wins-us-festival-award

BIRN's Kosovo War Film Wins US Festival Award

BIRN’s film The Unidentified, investigating the commanders responsible for brutal attacks during the Kosovo war, was given the best short documentary award at the South East European Film Festival in LA.

birn-wins-investigative-reporting-award

BIRN Wins Investigative Reporting Award

BIRN journalist Aleksandar Dordjevic scooped first prize for the best investigative journalism story in Serbia’s print media.

birn-albania-holds-training-on-local-gov-and-foi-law

BIRN Albania Holds Training on Local Gov. and FOI Law

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a three day training for local journalists from across the country from April 16th to April 19th in the coastal city of Durres. 

tenth-edition-of-bfje-launched-in-vienna

Tenth Edition of BFJE Launched in Vienna

The tenth Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence got underway in Vienna with a multimedia workshop, reporting/writing tips and tailored editorial guidance for 10 new fellows from across the Balkan region.

big-deal-the-association-should-not-be-prioritized-over-rule-of-law

BIG DEAL: The Association should not be prioritized over rule of law

On Tuesday, April 19, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Internews Kosova held a roundtable to launch and discuss the most recent publication by BIG DEAL,  a civic oversight initiative on the Kosovo-Serbia negotiations.

In This Article

Network