About the Book

The theme for this year’s fellowship could scarcely have been broader. After all, almost any group of individuals can be classed as a COMMUNITY. But the generous scope of this topic has served our journalists well. The ten stories here redefine hazier notions of community. They give some well-worn concepts a sharper edge.

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These stories are the work of skilled journalists who have been liberated from the daily news cycle. They are a snapshot of 2012, capturing some important truths that have escaped the news.

Communities: The New Ties Reshaping the Balkans is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, initiated by Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN. The programme responds with financial and professional support to the growing need in the region to foster quality reporting, encourage networking amongst journalists and advance balanced coverage on complex issues that are central to the region as well as European Union.


Edited by Neil Arun

Editorial Team: Gordana Igric, Anita Rice, Ana Petruseva, Albena Shkodrova, Besar Likmeta, Marian Chiriac, Jeta Xharra.

Published in 2012 by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network

Obala Isabega Isakovića 6-1, 71 000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Designed by Miloš Sinđelić

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© Robert Bosch Stiftung, ERSTE Foundation and Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network 2012

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

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Topic 2012: Communities

The recipients of this year’s fellowship are considering subjects as diverse as hooliganism, activism and migration in search for employment – all under the broader theme of “communities”.


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