About Perspektivy

Perspektivy is a professional development programme for journalists and editors from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Journalism around the world is undergoing huge change.  Social media, 24-hour news cycles and ever increasing competition is changing the way journalism is consumed.  More people than ever read and spread the news on their phones; the distinction between journalist and casual observer is increasingly hard to discern; and cross-border journalism is becoming the norm.  In this increasingly noisy landscape, the Perspektivy programme believes that the role of the skilled, impartial journalist is more important than ever.  However, it is questionable whether journalism is making the most of this opportunity.

Therefore, Perspektivy has the following core aims:

  • To strengthen regional expertise and professional journalistic standards across the region, from the remotest areas of Siberia to the Baltic states and nations in Central Asia.
  • To reflect upon the ethical underpinnings of the journalistic profession
  • To internationalise participating journalists and connect them with one another
  • To contribute to mutual regional and international understanding.

How can this be achieved?

The programme draws on the extensive experiences of its three partners, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. It targets talented journalists in the early stage of their careers, mid-career journalists as well as senior editors.

Journalists will be given the opportunity to attend training workshops, apply for grants to support their work, receive mentoring from journalists with extensive experience concerning particular regions or themes, attend seminars and conferences and network with other journalists.

Thereby, the programme aims to bridge cultural divides and differences in working practices to strengthen professional standards of journalism.

All activities will be continuously and critically monitored and adapted.

This website will be updated with new opportunities as they arise, along with information and feedback from all the activities undertaken so far.

Please feel free to contact us here in case of any queries.