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Balkan Fellowship 2010 Results

Balkan Fellowship 2010 Results

We are very pleased to announce the names of the ten journalists selected for the 2010 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. This year’s competition was very tight as proposals received depicted the most interesting taboo issues throughout the Balkans. The Selection Committee has chosen the ten most exciting, interesting and relevant proposals from the 150 ideas submitted by journalists from across the region.

Belgrade meeting as a part of BICCED

Belgrade meeting as a part of BICCED

Outdated laws in the field of culture, delays in adopting new legislation a lack of transparency, insufficient budget for cultural activity, partitocracy in cultural institutions – election of leaders based on political affiliation rather than expertise, a lack of tax benefits for investment in culture, poor regulations of the art market, vague criteria for the award of funds finance in ‘open competition’, a lack of long term financing for projects and institutions, marginalisation of productions in the independent cultural scene.

Candidate short-listing underway

Candidate short-listing underway

Balkan Fellowship team members are engaged in selecting the best candidates for this year’s programme, on the topic of ‘Taboo’. The exact number of eligible applications received per country is the following: Serbia 42, Romania 27, Croatia 19, Bulgaria 15, Albania 12, Bosnia & Herzegovina 10, Kosovo 6, Macedonia 6, and Montenegro 6.

Fellowship Winner  Published  First Book

Fellowship Winner Published First Book

Maja Hrgovic, winner of the 1st Fellowship for jounalistic exellence prize for 2009, has recently published her first book, complilation of fiction stories.

BIRN network publishes  a `Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans`

BIRN network publishes a `Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans`

At the beginning of 2010 BIRN network published Digging Deeper – A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans, written in cooperation with Sheila Coronel, Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and professor of professional practice at Columbia University, New York.

Apply for the 2010 Programme

Apply for the 2010 Programme

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, announce the launch of the fourth year of their prestigious fellowship programme for journalists in the Balkans.

The First Meeting under BICCED Held in Sarajevo

As part of the project recently awarded to BIRN  by the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, Balkan’s Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development (BICCED), BIRN brought together some of the most active players the cultural scene in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Danis Tanovic, the movie director, Amra Kresevljakovic from Deblokada, Nihad Kresevljakovic from the festival MESS, Elma Tatarevic from the Sarajevo Film Festival and Amila Ramic from the ARS AEVI shared their views and knowledge of the cultural scene in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the problems facing the creative industries.

BIRN Receives a 3-year Grant from the SCP

BIRN Receives a 3-year Grant from the SCP

The Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network, BIRN, is delighted to announce the signing of a three-year contract with the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, SCP.

Fellowship Articles Submitted - Editing Underway

Fellowship Articles Submitted – Editing Underway

The Ten fellows taking part in the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme, submitted their in-depth reports on August 31. Their reports were produced as a result of research and travel across both the Balkans and the EU during previous 4 months.

Balkan Fellowship Selection Results Revealed

Balkan Fellowship Selection Results Revealed

On March 23rd a Selection Committee chose ten proposals from the nearly 120 ideas submitted by journalists from across the region.

BIRN Kosovo Launches the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

BIRN Kosovo Launches the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

In a joint press launch on Sunday February 8, BIRN Kosovo announced the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and the release of the book, written by last year’s fellows, “Power struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in Balkans”.

Power Struggle Launched in Zagreb

Power Struggle Launched in Zagreb

Power Struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in the Balkans, a book produced as a part of media development project Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with BIRN, was launched in Zagreb on January 13th.

2009 Programme Launched

2009 Programme Launched

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, are pleased to announce the third year of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

BIRN Macedonia Fellowship Book Launch

BIRN Macedonia on Monday, December 22 held a reception to launch the book “Power struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in Balkans”, containing articles by ten journalists from Southeast Europe that participated in the 2008 programme of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Book Launch in Belgrade

Book Launch in Belgrade

A launch of “Power Struggle: Meeting Global Energy Challenges in the Balkans” was held in Belgrade’s O3one gallery on Monday and was attended by representatives of the media, NGOs, international and governmental organizations.

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