The tenth Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence got underway in Vienna with a multimedia workshop, reporting/writing tips and tailored editorial guidance for 10 new fellows from across the Balkan region.
The tenth edition of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will be launched in Vienna on April 20.
The programme received 119 applications for 2016; the selection committee chose 10 participants from across the region.
BIRN Macedonia was awarded the prestigious "Nikola Mladenov" award for investigative reporting for the "Skopje 2014 Uncovered" database and series of investigative reports about the grand revamp of the capital. BFJE Alumni: Meri Jordanovska, Goran Rizaov and Saska Cvetkovska are the part of the awarded teams.
New work by Fellow from 2009 looks at the challenging experiences of people rejected or ignored by wider society
120 journalists from 10 eligible countries applied for this years fellowship programme.
Lindita Cela, a 2015 alumni of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, has received a commendation from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Albania, UN Women, for the “creation of a professional model of investigative journalism for the reporting on trafficking of women and girls.”
Stories by reporters on the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and alumni of the programme have reached large international audiences in recent months.
Each year after the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme ends, the BFJE Alumni Network grows, and in 2015 it produced seven in-depth articles.
Zornitsa Stoilova was awarded first prize for the best story from the 2015 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme at a closing ceremony in Tirana on Friday.
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.