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BIRN’s Reporting Democracy Travel & Reporting Programme

Organisation: Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Democracy and good governance
  • Freedom of expression

Funding Size: € 2,500

Deadline: 31/07/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Journalists from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia can apply for grants. They welcome applications from a diverse range of applicants, including:
    i.) Individual journalists, whether operating within newsroom structures or working independently as freelancers
    ii.) Collaborative teams consisting of a dynamic mix of reporters, producers, photographers, and video editors
    iii.) Forward-thinking media organisations eager to pursue international and cross-border stories.
    – In this grant cycle, they have limited opportunities available, with a maximum of 5 grants set to be awarded to the most deserving applicants.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia
  • Application language: English

This is a unique opportunity for journalists to report from the Balkans and deepen their understanding of the region

This is an exclusive opportunity to embark on a reporting journey, supported by financial assistance, regional expertise and on-the-ground field support in selected countries where BIRN has established offices, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Montenegro.

BIRN invites journalists interested in the Balkans to participate in this exceptional program, aimed at generating compelling journalistic output for media outlets in your countries, with the added possibility of being showcased on BIRN’s esteemed Reporting Democracy platform and in prominent local media across the Balkan region.

Funding Information

  • Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of 2,500 euros, providing the necessary resources to undertake in-depth and impactful journalism stories.

To be considered for this grant, your application should include the following components:

  • Engaging Topics: Clearly articulate the compelling topic(s) you intend to report on, showcasing their relevance and potential to captivate your target audience.
  • Balkan Expedition: Present your well-conceived plans for visiting one or more countries within the Balkan region, supported by a tentative timeline that demonstrates your commitment to thorough research and reporting.
  • Publishing and Dissemination Plan: Outline a robust and strategic plan for effectively sharing your journalistic output with the world. Highlight the platforms and channels you will utilize to maximize the impact of your work.

See here to learn more and apply.

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