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Applications are being accepted for the 2012 programme for Balkan journalists, 'Economic
and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe' jointly run by Robert Bosch Stiftung and
Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Balkan news media are increasingly required to report on complex economic, financial
and political issues. Lacking the appropriate training, journalists are, however,
underprepared to provide the public with an adequate coverage of economic and political
transitional processes. To foster quality analysis and reporting on economic issues, enhance
coverage on topics that are central to the region’s economic and political development and
encourage regional networking among journalists, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the
Thomson Reuters Foundation initiated the programme 'Economic and Political Reporting
from Southeast Europe' in 2007.
In 2012, 16 journalists from the Balkans are competitively chosen to participate in the
programme, managed by experienced staff from Thomson Reuters Foundation and Robert
Bosch Stiftung. The programme includes two 10-day training courses in London, UK (12-26
May) and in Berlin, Germany (23 September – 6 October) run by skilled ex-Reuter
journalists. Participants will also travel to Brussels and Frankfurt to meet policy-makers and
journalists covering European financial and political affairs.
The course will cover the following broader topics:
:: Writing about emerging market economies
:: Markets reporting and covering companies
:: Practical exercises based on current European themes.
Applicants must be fluent in English and be full-time professional journalists who have been
working for at least two years with a recognised publication, website, radio or television
station. Applicants must have a portfolio that includes experience in economic journalism or
must otherwise demonstrate a strong interest in economic and political issues.
Applying journalists must be citizens of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia,
Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, or Slovenia. They must have permission
from their employer to take part in the programme. A detailed description of criteria and rules
as well as the application form is available here:
Please visit Robert Bosch Stiftung’s website at www.bosch-stiftung.de/economic_reporting
to find more information on the programme and experiences of former participants.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 March 2012 at 11 pm GMT.