The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has opened a call for Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Balkans to examine and expose different aspects of the trend of offline and online gender-based violence in the region.
BIRN has partnered with ATINA NGO to counter the growing trend of violence based on the victims’ gender by increasing the capacity of journalists to understand the complexity of gender-based violence and exploitation and empowering them to engage in covering gender-related issues. Through its programme, BIRN is looking for journalists and writers interested in revealing the scale of gender-based violence in the region.
They are offering a specialised, eight-month programme that includes: on-the-job mentoring and editorial sessions to produce high-quality journalism; educational sessions focused on gender-based violence; financial support and assistance.
They are particularly interested in stories that cover under-reported topics of violence against women in the region. The applications will be evaluated based on the following: relevance of the presented story, feasibility, originality of the piece, professional qualifications of the applicants, motivation expressed in the application and journalistic approach.
Each selected candidate/team will receive a bursary of 1,000 euros to support their reporting. If the story covers more than one of the targeted countries, this will be seen as an advantage.
- The story must deal with the gender-based violence (online and offline) in the targeted region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia).
- The story must be relevant to the Balkan region.
- They are looking for in-depth, investigative stories that provide new information or have a unique angle on the issue.
- The story should be around 1,500 words long.
- Each selected story must be published within six months of receipt of the first installment of the bursary.
- The programme is open to all journalists and writers who believe they have a good story on an under-reported topic concerning gender-based violence in the Balkans. They also welcome applications from staff reporters from local and national media who wish to co-publish the story with them.
- Journalists and writers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are invited to apply for a specialised programme that aims to examine and expose different aspects of the trend of offline and online gender-based violence in the region.
For more information, visit https://birn.eu.com/news-and-events/open-call-reporting-on-gender-based-violence-in-the-balkans/