Fellowship Programme Kicks Off in Berlin

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This year’s edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence was inaugurated on Thursday in Berlin.

Ten fellows from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, are taking part in events hosted by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in the German capital.

The fellows have already attended training sessions designed to help them understand international standards in journalism and sharpen their professional approach to research and writing.

The ten journalists had an opportunity to discuss this year’s theme of the programme – energy – and held individual sessions with BIRN editors, exploring the details of their planned research.

Over the following days, they will attend a set of presentations by experts on energy, government officials and civil society activists.

Then, over the coming months, they will make their individual research trips to countries in the region and the EU, followed by a seminar and award ceremony in November.

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