VII Season of Cross-border Journalism Programme 2019


June 12, 2019

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Call for application on participation in VII season of Cross-border journalism programme  is now open

During 5 years "Cross-border journalism" programme provides Russian-speaking journalists from Baltic States, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, and Ukraine with opportunities to implement international projects, strengthen regional expertise beyond their local agenda, gain experience in working with colleagues from other countries, and high profile editors experienced in global media.  

Some Alumni of this programme been nominated and awarded with prestigious professional recognition awards for the cross-border projects they developed during the programme, and some of the them now continue their career in global media.

VII season of "Cross-border journalism" programme will take place in North and South Caucasus. Journalists and freelancers working in teams will develop cross-border projects with a support of experienced mentors and successful Alumni.  

To reflect the needs of journalists Perspektivy is running a programme that aims to connect journalists in ‘cross-border’ collaboration. 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 freelancers 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.

Candidates may apply as part of a team, or individually, and allow Perspektivy mentors to match them up with another journalist. Priority will be given to team applications where participants represent different countries and media outlets. For individual applicants in addition to story idea we recommend to give us a list of topics and areas of their journalistic interests for we could invite successful  individual candidates to become a part of other project teams. For team application each member of the team have to fill in application form individually though list other members of a team in the same field of application where the story idea described.

However, all candidates must apply with a well thought through story idea, and list of probable costs, and list of potential members of a team or at least mention those countries from which they would like journalists to work with on a story development.

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 workshops and seminars will also be covered by the programme. 

This programme will involve the following activities:

  • 11-14 July 2019. Workshops on interviewing skills, longreads, new media formats, and seminars where teams can meet up with Perspektivy mentors to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward.
  • 15 July 2019 – 5 September 2019. 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.
  • 6-8 September 2019. Workshops on social media promotion and two days review session where the teams meet again to finalise their pieces and discuss them with mentors and journalists on the scheme.
  • 20 September 2019 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.

Locations of the seminars will be cities of North and South Caucasus.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Journalists and freelancers must apply with a story idea that transcends a national border.
  • Priority will be given to those team applications where participants of the team are from different countries and media outlets
  • This scheme is open to journalists, freelancers, bloggers producing stories in Russian for Russian-language media outlets and professionally based in Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Baltic states, and the Caucasus.
  • Applicants must be professional journalists, freelancers, at the early to mid point of their, career with a minimum of three years work experience.
  • The working language of the programme is Russian. No translation at any point will be provided.

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Publish Date
June 03, 2019