14 Apr 2016 / 15:52

2016 Fellowship kicks off in Vienna

The tenth edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will be launched in Vienna on April 20.

Photo: Vienna sculpture, source: pachd.com

This year's fellows will receive professional guidance on research, planning, cross-border reporting and long-form journalism, as well as tailored advice on their specific reporting projects.

They will also participate in a multimedia workshop and have the chance to network with journalists and editors of the Fellowship's media partner, Der Standard. The reporters selected earlier this year will cover issues related to this year’s theme of Trust. They will produce investigative or analytical long-form reports about trust or the lack of it in a range of spheres, from the state and its institutions, to communities and families.

The seminar will be led by the new editor of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, Matt Robinson. Before joining the programme, Matt was Reuters Chief Political Correspondent for Central Europe and the Balkans. During 12 years with Reuters, Matt had postings in Pristina, Tbilisi and Belgrade and assignments across the Balkans, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. He most recently anchored Reuters coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe.

This event will be hosted by the ERSTE Foundation.


About Us

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.

What is the Fellowship?

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.

Our Partners

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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Selection Committee

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.

Fellowship Team

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.