Cross-Border Journalism programme

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Autumn 2017 call for applications for the fifth season of "Cross-Border journalism" programme is closed  

The new digital era of media, and the globalisation of economic and political processes have brought new challenges to journalism. In particular, they have highlighted the need to develop international professional networks in order to understand regional characteristics and better cover transnational stories.

To reflect the needs of journalists Perspektivy implements a scheme that aims to connect journalists in ‘cross-border’ collaboration. Journalists and bloggers from Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Baltics or the Caucasus will have the opportunity to work together to produce stories through partnership and collaboration that transcend their national border. Participants will be offered distance mentoring and seminars to help them to produce insightful stories. Perspektivy will cover participants’ costs for research trips as part of the project.

"Cross-Border journalism" programme is an opportunity for journalists and bloggers in the early and mid stages of their career looking for the chance to develop their skills in international reporting and enhance their professional network abroad.

Working in teams, participants can produce joint or individual work. These stories can be on any topic, as long as they draw on examples from outside of their home country. For example, refugee and migrant crises, climate changes, food production and its export/import, media, or civil society. Other ideas are welcome.

Successful candidates will receive professional mentoring, assistance for research trips arrangements and reimbursement of costs for those trips. Perspektivy does not practice paying honorariums. Travel costs, accommodation and per diem for both programme launch and closing 2-days seminars will also be covered by the programme. 

This programme will involve the following activities:

  • 28-29 October 2017. A two days workshop in Kishinev, where teams can meet up with Perspektivy mentors to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward.
  • 30 October 2017 – 15 December 2017. A mentoring phase, where the participants return to their home destinations and continue work remotely with experienced mentors and senior journalists as they work on producing their stories.
  • Each team can choose most convenient time from the mentoring phase period to undertake short-term research trip to collect information for their cross-border story. Travel costs and per diem will be reimbursed by the programme.
  • 16-17 December 2017. A two days review session in Almaty where the teams meet again to finalise their pieces and discuss them with mentors and journalists on the scheme.
  • 15 January 2018 approximate date of publishing stories.

Although production of stories is the ultimate outcome, the responsibility for the publication or dissemination of them rests with the journalists and their professional editors.  Perspektivy does not exercise editorial control.

Applications are closed. 

Results will be announced on 10 October 2017 at 19:00 Moscow time using the e-mails applicants provided in their application form. Perspektivy organizers do not comment on results of selection.

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Read on review of cross-border project development >

Read on Mentor’s blog on results of seasons  2016 > and season of 2017>

Read on feedback of participant and results of season 2016 >

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Perspektivy is a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation.