Justice Report Ukraine – Grants for Journalists

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, in cooperation with Hromadske, is launching a call for in-depth investigative stories on transitional justice themes in Ukraine.

On fifth anniversary since the start of Ukrainian conflict, we are offering grants to six journalists to cover topics related to conflict, truth, justice, accountability, memory, institutional reform – and other issues related to the transitional justice. The selected journalists will receive mentoring from experienced editors.

We are welcoming proposals that could explore following themes:

  • Missing persons
  • Mass graves and right to truth
  • Conflicting memories and revisionism
  • Victims’ rights
  • Criminal justice efforts
  • International justice efforts
  • Reparations
  • Refugees, IDPs and right to return
  • Life in divided communities

The call is a part of BIRN’s Transitional Justice Initiative. The aim of this project is to strengthen in-depth reporting on transitional justice, in order to contribute to a more informed citizenry that is engaged in the democratic process.

Six journalists will be awarded €1,000 grants to cover their expenses while conducting investigations and writing their stories on transitional justice issues.

The journalists will have around three months to dig deeper and research their ideas. They will also have the opportunity to work with experienced editors as mentors, to guide them through the process of writing in accordance with BIRN standards.

After the selection of the six grantees, BIRN and Hromadske will organise a three-day training for them in Kiev at the beginning of March 2019. They will have their first editorial meetings during that training. Additional five journalists from Hromadske will receive support to report on these topics.

The call applies to journalists from Ukraine. All further information regarding application process can be found in our application guidelines. To apply, send the following documents to jovana.prusina@birn.eu.com with the subject “BIRN’s Transitional Justice Initiative grant application” by February 10:

  • Resumé (CV)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Completed application form
  • Link to or copy of example of published work
  • Any other relevant documents 

Applications received after February 15 [deadline extended] will not be considered.