Fellowship Articles Submitted – Editing Underway

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The Ten fellows taking part in the 2009 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme, submitted their in-depth reports on August 31. Their reports were produced as a result of research and travel across both the Balkans and the EU during previous 4 months.

This year, their reports address the topic – Identity – from different angles, looking at the Balkan’s criminal, social, economic, cultural and religious landscape, examining the new role of woman in economic migration, the phenomenon of mixed marriages in post-conflict societies, the devastating consequences of on-going repatriation programmes, disputes between various national and religious groups as well as prevailing attitudes toward the LGBT community.  
Read the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence web site to find updates from the fellows written during the research period, that are offer interesting insightson their travels and their articles that are about to be published on BIRN’s on line publication, Balkan Insight and in a special hard-copy publication which will be launched at a special promotional gatherings throughout the region. Each year, the reports are also  syndicated to the local and international media.
The reports will be edited by BIRN’s experienced editorial team, and will be officially presented on November 27th to the Selection Committee, which will award bursaries of € 4,000, € 3,000 and € 1,000 to the authors of the three winning articles.

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.