The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence was awarded on March 20 to ten journalists from around Southeast Europe, following their selection from almost 70 applications received.
The chosen journalists are:
* Aleksandra Stankovic from Serbia
* Andrea Gheorghe from Romania
* Dalibor Dobric from Croatia
* Darko Duridanski from Macedonia
* Gjergj Erebara from Albania
* Lavdim Hamidi from Kosovo
* Magda Munteanu from Romania
* Mirsad Bajtarevic from Bosnia
* Stanimir Ivanov Kumurdijev from Bulgaria
* Zvezdana Crnogorac from Serbia .
They will participate until the end of the year in an intensive programme of training, research and reporting, beginning with a week-long seminar in Berlin on April 18.
Information on their experiences will be regularly posted on the Fellowship website.
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.