Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2014 kicks off in Vienna

Balkan Fellows 2014

The ten participants in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been recently selected, and they gathered mid April in Vienna for the programme’s kick-off:

Jeta Abazi
, Kosovo,
Boryana Dzhambazova, Bulgaria,
Konstantinos Kallergis, Greece,
Marija Knežević, Croatia,
Branko Krivokapić, Montenegro,
Tanja Matić, Serbia,
Marija Mitevska, Macedonia,
Dragana Pećo, Serbia,
Lina Vdovîi, Romania,
Krasimir Yankov, Bulgaria

The selected applicants receive a €2,000 bursary and up to another €2,000 for travel and research expenses. They will also attend international career development seminars and receive continuous one-to-one mentoring for their stories. Completed articles will be published in English and local languages in prominent regional and international media. In addition, the top three articles will be awarded with €4,000, €3,000 and €1,000.

The 2014 call for applications gathered a record of 162 projects proposals on the topic GENERATIONS, many of which were of a very high standard, making the final choice extremely difficult.

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence aims 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 programme is supported by ERSTE Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and Prague Freedom Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).