10 New Fellows Will Be Investigating the Balkans

BFJE 2015 Vienna Kick-off  Group Picture

The participants for this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence have been chosen.

Each year, ten journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia are competitively chosen to receive funding and professional support to conduct their own investigative projects on an annually chosen topic. This year, the programme received more than 150 applications and many were of a very high standard, making the final choice extremely difficult.

Members of the programme’s independent selection committee evaluate applications based on the relevance, feasibility and originality of the proposals, as well as the applicants’ professional qualifications, motivation and journalistic approach. The committee is comprised of seven senior media figures from the Balkans and around Europe.

These are the fellows for 2015, listed alphabetically by surname:
Foteini Barka (Greece)
Lindita Cela (Albania)
Vladimir Karaj (Albania)
Konstantinos Koukoumakas (Greece)
Jasmina Lazic (Serbia)
Jeton Mehmeti (Kosovo)
Mariya Petkova (Bulgaria)
Damir Pilic (Croatia)
Laura Stefanut (Romania)
Zornitsa Stoilova (Bulgaria)

The Fellows’ topics include the effects of the war in Syria, religious tension, human trafficking, education, culture and labour conditions.

If you are interested in the programme, please visit fellowship.birn.eu.com