BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting

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Pack a notebook and perhaps some hiking shoes and join BIRN for a unique Summer School of Investigative Reporting from August 22nd – 28th within the Petrovaradin Fortress and in the stunning Fruska Gora National Park.


BIRN is gathering leading journalists and trainers, both from the Balkans and internationally to provide informative, insightful and entertaining training focused on investigative, computer-assisted and organised crime and corruption journalism, in print and broadcast media.

Confirmed speakers include renowned trainers and presenters Don Ray, Nick Thorpe,  Mark Hunter, Luuk Sengers, Maunela Mareso and the OCCRP training team with Drew Sullivan, Rosemery Armao and Paul Radu.

The summer school will offer a full programme including exercises and round-tables on the changing face of Balkan media ownership, violence against media professionals, and more.

There will also be time to tour the beautiful orchards, vineyards, monasteries and forests in the Fruska Gora National Park.

Who should attend?


Mid-career journalists, from South East and Western Europe

Young journalists interested in finding out more about investigative reporting techniques.

Editors, interested in encouraging investigative reporting in their media outlets.

Representatives from higher education establishments, interested in incorporating investigative journalism into the curriculum.

Balkans-based International correspondents interested in finding out about the challenges faced by their regional colleagues.

Representatives of organisations involved in the fight against organised crime and corruption.

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The course fee of €549, is all-inclusive, covering tuition, room, meals and extra-curricular tours. The fee also includes BIRN’s newly published textbook “Digging Deeper: A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans”. (LINK)


A limited number of full and part scholarships will be available to exceptional candidates. These will be awarded on a merit and need basis and may additionally cover travel costs up to €100.

The low cost of the School and the scholarship programme have been made possible thanks to our generous sponsors, The Open Society Institute London and OSCE Serbia.

Eligibility criteria for Scholarships

South East European journalists

At least three years of experience in journalism

Applicants must supply a sample of their published work, translated into English

Application Deadline

Applications for scholarships must be received by 25 July, 2010. No application for an assisted place will be considered after this deadline. Selected participants will be announced on August 2nd.

Standard applications must be received by 9 August 2010.  Applications received by 10 July 2010 will be eligible for a reduction of €100 in the course fee.

All participants will receive a BIRN Summer School certificate.

Application procedure for all applicants

Completed application form

Letter of motivation


Sample of work ( for scholarship applicants only)

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