Deadline Extended for Applications for Traineeship Programme for Young Journalists

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The deadline for submission of applications for the four-month traineeship programme for students, recent graduates and young journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia has been extended until October 16, 2020, at midnight Central European Time.

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Selected candidates will become full-time members of a newsroom for four months, attending editorial meetings, learning how to pitch ideas, choosing a relevant angle for a story, learning how to cover daily events, how to perform different kinds of interviews, write analyses, feature stories, etc.

Traineeship programme is being implemented within the regional ‘Media for All’ project and trainees will receive financial support to cover their costs of living.

DURATION OF TRAINEESHIP: November 2020 – February 2021

ONLINE TRAINING: Two weeks, November 2020



LIST OF HOST MEDIA: Download here

Who can apply?

Senior year journalism students, recent graduates or young journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia may apply during the extended deadline (October 16, 2020, at midnight Central European Time).

Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old.

Candidates from all parts of the country in question are encouraged to apply, as the project can provide funds for travel within one country, as well as accommodation costs.

Financial support:

All selected participants will receive financial support during their placement to cover minimum living costs.

In case candidates need to travel or relocate within the country during the course of the programme, travel and accommodation costs will also be covered by the organisers.

How to apply?

Applicants should complete and submit only one application that is attached to this CfA.

All applications should be submitted in English before October 16, 2020, at midnight Central European Time, to [email protected] along with the following documents:

  • Applicant’s CV (in English)
  • Motivation letter (in English)
  • Work sample (in English or local language)
  • Evidence of status (in English or local language)

The motivation letter should show how you would benefit from this programme and your motivation to participate.

Applicants who do not have any published work can submit their student assignments from practical courses in journalism.

Applicants should provide evidence of their current status – whether they are students, recent graduates or working as journalists. This evidence includes, but are not limited to, confirmation of enrolment for the following year OR confirmation of graduation in the last two years OR evidence of your current employment.


All applications must be submitted in English, as well as applicants’ CV and motivation letter, while work samples and proof of status may be in local languages.

Working language of the initial online training on the basics of journalism will be English, so advanced knowledge of English language is required.

Traineeship programme will be delivered in local languages.

COVID-19 restrictions:

Initial training will be delivered online, due to the different travel restrictions in the region, as well as relevant health recommendations.

Traineeship programme is set to be delivered in person, if possible, or as a combination of conventional offline approach and online, remote work.

Our main priority is to protect the health of all involved in this process, including the trainees and their mentors in the host media, so we will continue to closely monitor coronavirus-related developments and adjust relevant activities accordingly.