25 May 2011 / 14:03

Fellows Shortlisted for International Award

Adrian Mogos and Jeton Musliu, both alumni of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, have been shortlisted for this year’s Dusko Jovanovic investigative journalism prize.


Two alumni of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been shortlisted for the 2011 Dusko Jovanovic international award for investigative journalism.

Adrian Mogos, from Romania, and Jeton Musliu, from Kosovo, both made it to the final shortlist of seven journalists for their investigations produced within the fellowship programme.

Mogos, who took part in the 2009 fellowship programme, has been nominated for his investigation, published that year, entitled Forged Identity: Highway to the EU.

Musliu, who took part in the 2010 fellowship programme, was nominated for his investigation, published that year, entitled Kosovars Turn Blind Eye to Fake Foreign Marriages.

The jury awarded the top prize to Andrew Higgins of the Washington Post, USA, for the following series of articles:

•    Afghan authorities take over largest bank to avoid meltdown
•    Millions of dollars are being flown to Dubai as officials puzzle over paper trail
•    Kabul Bank crisis followed U.S. push for cleanup
•    Pricey deals in Dubai raise questions about Azerbaijani leader's affluence
•    Kyrgys contracts fly under the radar

The shortlist was selected by an international jury consisting of: Nick Davies, Oliver Basille, Verica Spasovska, Blagota Mitrić and Slavica Jovanović.

The Dusko Jovanovic journalism award is run by the Dusko Jovanovic Foundation. It was established in remembrance of the Montenegrin journalist and founder of the daily Dan, Dusko Jovanovic, who was killed in Podgorica in 2004. 

The foundation is now inviting applications for the next international award in 2015 – more details via their website.


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.