Call for Journalists From Western Balkans: One-Month Regional Exchange Programme

15 December 2023 - 26 January 2024

BIRN invites journalists and editors from six Western Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) to take part in its exclusive one-month regional exchange programme during 2024.

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About the Regional Exchange Programme

The One-Month Regional Exchange Programme is a capacity-building opportunity for media, editors and journalists from the Western Balkans. The aim is to facilitate the production of quality news and an investigative production environment by enabling both parties to engage in knowledge exchange, comprehensive mentoring and cross-border approaches.

Who is it designed for?

The exchange programme is designed for both media and editors/ journalists from the Western Balkan countries. This programme will create opportunities for the host media to share their knowledge with colleagues from other media in the Western Balkan region. On the other side, it will provide an opportunity for editors / journalists to spend one month immersed in a host media distinct from their country of origin while at the same time working together.

Who can apply?

Journalists/editors from six (6) Western Balkan countries are eligible to apply to this call.

To apply for the programme, journalists are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of one of the six Western Balkans countries.
  2. Have at least three years’ track record of working in journalism sector.
  3. Demonstrate a strong motivation and commitment to participation in the exchange programme.
  4. Be available to spend one month in a host media located in a Western Balkan country distinct from her/his country of residence.

BIRN has selected six host media: Citizens Channel from Albania, Kallxo, Prishtina Insight from Kosovo, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Serbia, Koha from North Macedonia and CIN CG from Montenegro.

Benefits and logistics for the journalists/editors

BIRN will cover the travel, accommodation, and bursary costs for the selected journalists/editors.

How to apply?

Please fill in the application form in English language by January 26 (Tuesday).

More information about the call can be found here.


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