The participants in the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been selected.
Here are their names, listed by country in alphabetical order:
Aleksandra Bogdani, Albania
Eldin Hadzovic, Bosnia
Dimiter Kenarov, Bulgaria
Ana Benacic, Croatia
Arbana Xharra, Kosovo
Aleksandar Manasiev, Macedonia
Saska Cvetkovska, Macedonia
Samir Kajosevic, Montenegro
Maria–Sorana Stanescu, Romania
Miodrag Sovilj, Serbia
We would like to congratulate the winners, and to thank all applicants.
We would also like to encourage candidates who were not successful to consider applying again next year.
Competition for the top ten places was exceptionally high, and the judges were impressed by the overall quality of entries.
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.
Please contact us for any additional information about the programme, or if you have suggestions, remarks or complaints about the web site and its content
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.