- What was your fellowship story about? Why did you choose this as a subject for investigation?
My fellowship story was about the former political prisoners of Albania’s dictatorship and their longtime struggle for truth and justice. I selected this topic because I wanted to tell their story and the consequences of Albania’s failure to deal with its past.
- Why are long-form investigations important?
With so much news and information we consume at every moment, it is hard to see most of it as having a long-term value or impact. But some journalism really does last and I strongly believe that quality journalism and long-form investigations really matter.
- Which story from the fellowship do you like best?
I have read many great stories through the years, but I can now recall The Great Leap Rightward by Kostas Kalergis.
- Why would you recommend that someone apply for the fellowship?
The fellowship helped me to better understand what real journalism is and inspired me to pursue it. I would recommend it to my colleagues for the very same reasons.
BIRN and Erste Foundation is offering 10 fellowships for a 10-month professional development programme, culminating in the production of a compelling longform story.
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