The Cross Border Journalism Program by Perspektivy

Deadline: 2 November 2015

Perspektivy is launching a new scheme called cross border journalism that aims to connect journalists in cross-border collaboration.

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Journalists from Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Baltic or the Caucasus will have the opportunity to work together to produce stories through partnership and collaboration that transcend their national border. Journalists will be offered grants, distance mentoring and seminars to help them to produce insightful stories.

This is an opportunity for journalists in the early stages of their career looking for the chance to develop their skills in international reporting and enhance their professional network abroad.

Working in teams, journalists 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 crisis, climate changes, food products and its export/import, media, civil society etc. Other ideas welcome and would be discussed.

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  • 3-4 December 2015. A two day workshop in Moscow, where teams can meet up with Perspektivy mentors to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward.
  • 5 December 2015 – 1 February 2016. A mentoring phase, where the teams will work remotely with experienced mentors and senior journalists as they work on producing their stories.
  • Grants will be awarded to each team so that they can undertake travel or research to enable them to produce their story.
  • 4-5 February 2016. A two day wrap-up session where the teams meet again to finalise their pieces and present them to the other journalists on the scheme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The working language of the programme is Russian.
  • This scheme is open to journalists working for media in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Baltic and the Caucasus.
  • Journalists must apply with a story idea that transcends a national border.
  • Applicants must be professional journalists with a minimum of three years working experience.

How to Apply

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  • Interested journalists can apply via given website.
  • Journalists may apply as part of a team, or individually, and allow Perspektivy mentors to match them up with another journalist.

For more information, please visit Cross Border Journalism.