Participants in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have submitted their investigation write-ups by the September 1 deadline, ahead of the selection committee vote in November.
Fellows taking part in the 2011 programme have now filed their articles investigating various stories connected to the overall annual theme of justice in the Balkans.
Ten senior journalists from across the region have spent the past few months investigating stories including rape sentencing, employment law, surveillance and the right to privacy, extradition deals and youth crime.
The journalists taking part are:
The articles will undergo final translation checks before being passed to the fellowship’s independent selection committee members who will vote on the top three investigations.
The three prize winners will be announced at the programme’s closing seminar in Berlin at the end of November. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of €4,000, with the second and third place runners up receiving €3,000 and €1,000 respectively.
This year’s programme kicked off in Vienna in May, where fellows took part in career development training and fellowship orientation programmes. Each fellow was awarded a €2,000 bursary and a further €2,000 travel allowance.
Alongside travelling to neighbouring Balkan states, fellows also visited other EU member states including Poland, Hungary, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Greece.
The articles will be translated into English and all participant country languages and undergo rigorous fact-checking and editing before publication online and distribution to international and regional media.
It was set up to provide experienced journalists in the region with editorial guidance, training and adequate funding to support in-depth, balanced and quality reporting on complex reform issues with regional and European significance.
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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.