Calling Balkan journalists: Apply for the Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Award for your stories on sustainable energy

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BIRN is calling on Balkan journalists to apply for the Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Journalism Award 2023.

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), in collaboration with the European Climate Foundation, will reward exceptional journalistic pieces focusing on sustainable energy in the Western Balkans through the award.

The award’s purpose is to honour journalists whose work published in media outlets from September 2022 to September 2023 has actively encouraged excellence and innovation in the field of sustainable energy.

The award celebrates excellence in journalism and fosters a sense of community and collaboration among those committed to informing the public about critical environmental issues.

Individual journalists, or a team of journalists, from the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) can apply.

Applications should include journalistic pieces published in print, radio, TV or online format. Submissions in other formats, including podcasts, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram investigative series, are also welcome. Cross-border stories in which journalists from different countries collaborate are also eligible for this call. Among the topics expected to be covered are ones related to renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, sustainable urban planning, policy, and regulations related to sustainable energy, and others.

The best three stories selected by the international jury will receive prizes. The total prize fund for this year is €6,000. The first prize winner will receive €3,000, the second will receive €2,000 and the third, €1,000.

To apply, complete the Application Form in English no later than 19/11/2023.

Following the selection process, by the end of 2023, BIRN will organise the award ceremony in one of the Western Balkan countries.

More about the call can be found here.