Romanian Journalist Wins 2012 Balkan Fellowship Award

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence: 2012 winners and project team

Sorana Stanescu, a reporter for Romanian public broadcaster, takes first place in the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence for her story about the job restrictions that have left Romanian and Bulgarian construction workers unpaid and vulnerable to exploitation.

With her article “Cheap, and Far from Free: The Migrants Building Britain”, Sorana won 4,000 euros in prize money.  “I am grateful that this Fellowship allowed me to carry out in-depth investigation on a subject matter I had been researching for a long time. The best part of the programme was the opportunity to work with a very scrupulous editor, an experience you rarely get in Romania and that can only enhance one’s storytelling”, said Stanescu asked about her experience with the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Second place and a 3,000 euro award went to Saska Cvetkovska from Macedonia for her article “”Want to Work? Join the Partly”: Contacts Trump Marriage in Balkan Job Market”.

Aleksandra Bogdani took third place, winning a 1,000 euro prize, for her investigation entitled “Secrets and Lies: Victims of Albanian Communism denied closure”.

The theme for this year’s competition was “communities”, and the ten fellows were selected from more than 120 applicants from nine Balkan countries. Journalists on the programme reported on topics ranging from football fan groups, the environmental movement, radical Islamists, youth unemployment, orphans and the exploitation of immigrant workers within the European Union.

Next year’s programme will be open for applications from early 2013