Applications are now open for 2021 NewsSpectrum’s Collaborative Reporting Fellowship Program to provide support to joint reporting projects between minority- and majority-language media.
The Collaborative Reporting Fellowships:
a) provide financial support to specific reporting projects;
b) aim to encourage collaboration and exchange, promote quality coverage of minority-related issues and strengthen the capacity of minority-language media in the EU.
In general, the reporting project can focus on any public-interest topic that is relevant to the audiences of both media organisations.
However, priority will be given to projects that highlight the specific situation or perspective of minority groups in the EU, that deal with relations between minority and majority groups, and / or that encourage an informed discussion of European affairs in minority-language media and the audiences they serve.
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The Fellowship is open to journalists and media organisations working on all platforms, including print, broadcast, online media and multi-platform story-telling.
Minority-language journalists are eligible for the fellowship if their media outlet produces at least 51% of its content in a regional or minority language (including migrant languages and Roma languages) – this means any language that is not a national official language of the country where the media organisation is based.
All types of reporting are welcome, including investigative journalism, feature writing, explanatory reporting, and news analysis. Projects can also be a combination of different reporting types.
Stories can be published in any form, including print, video, and audio. Projects that incorporate digital storytelling techniques and audiovisual formats are especially welcome.
1. Applications for the fellowship must be submitted jointly by a team of:
a) A journalist or media worker working at a minority-language media organisation in the EU or the UK. This includes freelancers who are regular contributors to a minority-language media organisation; and
b) A majority-language media organisation based in the EU or the UK.
2. The reporting project must focus on a topic of public interest to the audiences of both media organisations.
3. The project must be planned to be published by both media organisations and must involve collaboration between the minority-language and majority-language journalists / media organisations.
Applicants are encouraged to:
a) put forward projects that offer new information or shed new light on issues of public debate. Cross-border collaborations are encouraged;
b) include an in-person portion (at least two weeks) during which the minority-language journalist works in-person at the majority-language media organisation.
The fellowship will cover the costs of travel and accommodation for this purpose. However, in light of the COVID-19 situation, applicants may put forward a reporting project in which the team members collaborate remotely, providing that the aims of the fellowship can still be met.
The results of the reporting project must be published in both the minority-language media organisation and the majority-language media organisation by no later than December 31, 2021. Therefore, all fellowships will end latest on December 31, 2021.
Teams may request up to €12,000. However, each partner in the project (the minority-language journalist fellow and the majority-language media organisation) is limited to no more than €6,000.
There will be three application periods for the Collaborative Reporting Fellowship in 2021. The first application period closes on 28 May 2021 at 23:59 CEST.
Two additional application periods are expected to open in June and August, respectively.
For more information, please visit https://newsspectrum.eu/fellowships/crf/