Delve into the Balkans: Apply Now for BIRN’s Travel & Reporting Grants

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BIRN’s Reporting Democracy Travel & Reporting Programme invites journalists from the Visegrad region (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia) to apply for grants covering fees and field research expenses. This unique opportunity allows journalists to delve into Balkan reporting, fostering deeper insights into this dynamic region.

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In line with our commitment to nurturing journalistic collaboration and strengthening relations between the two regions, we are launching the call for applications for our Travel & Reporting Grants Programme. This exclusive opportunity provides financial assistance, regional expertise, and on-the-ground support in countries where BIRN network has offices (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Montenegro).

Journalists interested in covering stories in the Balkans are encouraged to apply for this opportunity, which is designed to foster on-the-ground reporting and a deeper understanding of the region in all its complexities. Participation in the programme should result in the journalistic output being published in the local media in the applicant’s country, with the possibility of the content being republished also on BIRN’s Reporting Democracy platform and in local media in the Balkan region.

What We Support

We encourage the submission of projects for the production of relevant journalistic content. We support various forms, including analysis, investigations, features and interviews. Cross-border stories, serialized articles and multimedia content – including videos, photos, and/or radio/podcast productions – are encouraged.

Enhance your journalistic pursuits, extend your impact and contribute to a dynamic media environment. Apply now with an idea for a story that resonates across the borders.

Who Can Apply?

Journalists from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia can apply for this grant. We welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants, including:

  • Individual journalists, whether working within newsroom structures or as freelancers;
  • Collaborative teams of reporters, producers, photographers and video editors;
  • Media organizations eager to pursue international and cross-border stories.

In this grant cycle, we will award up to 10 grants to the most deserving applicants.

Grant Details

Successful applicants will receive a grant of €2,500 to undertake in-depth and impactful journalistic stories.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: August 9, 2024

Grant Completion Deadline: February 28, 2025

Each applicant may submit only one application under this grant scheme.

Application Guidelines

To be considered for this grant, your application should include:

  • Engaging Topics: Clearly articulate the compelling topic(s) you intend to report on, showcasing their relevance for your target audience.
  • Balkan Expedition: Present your plans for visiting one or more countries within the Balkan region, supported by a tentative timeline that demonstrates your commitment to thorough research and reporting.
  • Publishing and Dissemination Plan: Outline a robust and strategic plan for sharing your journalistic output. Highlight the platforms and channels you will use to maximize the impact of your work.

Eligible Expenses

The grant covers a broad range of essential expenses, including:

  • Professional fees
  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation expenses
  • Subsistence allowances during fieldwork
  • Various production costs, such as translation services, fixers, photographers, etc.

How to Apply

Interested individuals and organizations should use the designated application form. Two types of application forms are available: one for individual journalists and teams, and another for media organizations.

Any additional documentation required can be submitted in an online format.

The Application Form must be completed in English.

Ensure all information is clear and comprehensive, as requests for clarification will only be made when the information provided is insufficient for objective assessment.

Submit your completed application to: [email protected] by 23:59 CET on August 9, 2024.

Application Forms:

Application for individual journalists and teams

Application for media organizations

For any further inquiries or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you throughout the application process.

Evaluation and Selection Process

Step I: Technical Evaluation

BIRN staff will conduct a thorough technical evaluation to ensure applicants have adhered to the application procedures and submitted all required documents.

Step II: Editorial Board Evaluation

The editorial board will then assess the applications based on the quality of the proposed idea, feasibility of the plan, and the potential to effectively reach the intended audience.

Step III: Notification of Applicants

All applicants will be promptly notified of the outcomes. Successful applicants will be notified by August 25, 2024.

We appreciate your patience during the evaluation period and assure you that we will provide timely updates about your application. We value your dedication to journalistic excellence and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to work with the selected individuals and organizations.