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Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Status: Open

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Organisation: Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

Deadline: 28/03/2023

Location: Central and South-Eastern Europe

BIRN is awarding 10 fellowships to journalists from Central and South-Eastern Europe for the Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

The organisation is looking for journalists who have an idea for a story that needs dedicated on-the-ground reporting, in-depth research, generous funding and sustained editorial attention to do it justice.

Applications are solicited under this year’s theme, Security. Successful applicants will be selected by an independent committee to take part in their programme for professional development, culminating in the production of a compelling long-form story to be published by BIRN and its media partners.

The Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence provides:

  • a bursary of €3,000
  • the chance to improve your reporting skills by working in close collaboration with world-class editors
  • ongoing mentoring and support from BIRN’s leading regional journalistic network, present in 14 countries of the Central and SEE region
  • the opportunity to participate in an introductory seminar in Vienna, May 13th – 16th, focused on reporting and storytelling techniques
  • the chance to win additional awards worth between 1.000 and 3.000 euros for the best three stories
  • worldwide publication of reports in local languages and English through our network of media partners
  • membership of the Fellowship alumni network, designed to support networking between fellows who have participated in the programme since 2007

BIRN’s output takes the form of features, analysis and investigations, presented in-depth for a global audience. They emphasise strong storytelling and rigorous, on-the-ground reporting.

To apply, please click here.

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