As the March 8 deadline for applications for the 2017 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence fast approaches, our 2016 programme editor Matt Robinson prepared tips and tricks for producing strong fellowship stories, aimed at helping the chosen applicants to best get to the bottom of their topic:
Never underestimate the benefit of hindsight, and for those successful applicants to the 2017 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence you have the lessons learned of 10 generations to draw on. The Fellowship is challenging, and at times can feel overwhelming. So listen to the Fellowship editor, to the local BIRN editors and to the Fellows who came before you and take their advice on board. Here are 10 tips and tricks for success:
And last but by no means least, enjoy it! Few journalism programmes offer the kind of financial and editorial support that the Fellowship provides, so hit the road, aim high and do the very best you can. We look forward to seeing the results.
In order to foster quality reporting, initiate regional networking among journalists and advance balanced coverage on topics that are central to the region as well as to the EU, the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme is supported by the ERSTE Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.
Journalists from the Balkans are increasingly required to cover complex reform issues, taking in a regional and Europe-wide dimension. The fellowship provides editorial guidance, training and adequate funding to do so.
Prominent German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers, Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Standard and Neue Zürcher Zeitung are media partners of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme. Besides being involved in the selection committee, they participate in seminars, support fellows if needed and seek to republish the best articles produced by them.
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The Selection Committee is comprised of seven prominent media figures from the Balkans and Europe. Each year, committee members read, evaluate and select story proposals for the fellowship.
Editors and journalists from across the region and beyond all work together to make the Balkan fellowship a truly international experience. Scroll down this page for more information on our editorial team.