BIRN OPEN CALL FOR DIGITAL RIGHTS PROGRAMME FOR JOURNALISTS

Key Information

  • Eligibility:
    • The programme is open to all journalists who believe they have a good story on an under-reported topic concerning the health of the digital ecosystem in Central and Southeastern Europe. BIRN also welcomes applications from staff reporters from local and national media who wish to co-publish the story with us.
    • BIRN is committed to gender diversity and freedom from prejudice on any grounds
  • Funding amount: Each journalist will receive a bursary of 2,000 euros to support their reporting.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Central and Southeastern Europe
  • Application languages: English

Journalists from Central and Southeastern Europe are invited to apply for BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme for Journalists that aims to explore the effects of digitalization processes and to go deeper into the challenges facing digital rights.

Through BIRN’s new “Digital Rights Programme for Journalists“ the organisastion is looking for journalists interested in fast-evolving digitalization processes and their impact on democracy, society and lives in Central and Southeastern Europe, particularly the following:

  • The use of the algorithms
  • The forces fueling hate speech and discrimination in the digital environment and
  • their implications
  • Digital security and phishing campaigns
  • Privacy and personal data breaches and (non)existing protection mechanisms
  • Surveillance policy and use of technology by authoritarian regimes
  • Accountability of the major Internet platforms and online safety of users
  • Information security breaches
  • Arrests for social media posts and pressure applied over online expression and
  • Activities
  • Blocking and filtering of content
  • Holding intermediaries liable
  • Manipulation and propaganda in the digital environment
  • Machine learning algorithms and algorithmic decision-making processes
  • 5G technology in the region
  • Crypto currencies/block chains in the world of financial crime
  • Social media bots and troll farms

BIRN is offering a comprehensive, 10-month programme that includes: regular networking opportunities and meetings with actors and experts dealing with digital rights and emerging tech challenges, financial support, on-the-job mentoring and editorial sessions to produce high-quality journalism and educational sessions focused on digital security for media. The programme aims to cover under-reported topics related to the health of the digital ecosystem and digital rights violations in Central and Southeastern Europe.

Read more about the project here.