Since the Fellowship began in 2007, the publications have addressed the following topics:
The theme for this year’s fellowship is Trust.
What is precious to us? That question is at the heart of the concept of ‘Values’, the theme for this collection of reportage.
Stories of Social Change in the Balkans is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2014 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
Integrity – has been interpreted by the journalists in a variety of ways, touching on themes such as the protection of whistleblowers, corruption, media ethics and the legacy of war.
The recipients of the 2012 fellowship are considering subjects as diverse as hooliganism, activism and migration in search of employment – all under the broader theme of ,communities”.
The topic of the 2011 programme was justice, and fellows investigated subjects including privatisation, organised crime, employment law, rape convictions and extradition treaties.
Taboos change – rapidly. Homosexuality was once a taboo in Western Europe, as was ,living in sin”, [i.e. outside marriage], abortion, childlessness, physical disabilities, atheism and suicide. The 2010 fellows addressed the issue of taboos in the Balkans.
The collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 triggered a frenzied phase of nation-building in Eastern Europe, while some Balkan nations embarked on armed conflicts aimed at strengthening national, religious and cultural identities. The 2009 fellows examined the concept of identity in the Balkans.
The 2008 fellows wrote on energy, a topic that preoccupies officials, politicians and citizens across Europe – and arguably one of the biggest challenges facing this continent and the international community.
The Balkans features a proliferation of borders and barriers to movement of people, goods, capital, services, information and ideas, both among the countries that make it up and vis-à-vis the EU. The 2007 fellows wrote on the topic of mobility in the Balkans.