Fellowship Programme for Writing Stories Based on Judicial Data, 2022, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Publish Date: Apr 07, 2022

Deadline: Apr 20, 2022

BIRN Kosovo has opened the call for applications for writing in-depth journalistic stories as part of the project “Data 4 fighting harmful narratives on the judiciary” funded by the Millennium Foundation Kosovo (MFK) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as part of the #DigDataKosovo Challenge for Open Data. 
As part of the project, BIRN in partnership with Internews Kosova, FindBug, and D4D is developing a smart solution that will help the interested parties and the overall public with the judicial cases, procedures, and regulations by an easy access to cases, the upcoming hearings, and time needed for solving a case based on searches on internet and social media.
BIRN’s intervention with the Judicial Dig Data Challenge consists of synthesizing the available judicial data on gender-based violence, attacks on journalists and the LGBTQI+ persons, corruption, resolution of civil cases, human resource management in justice institutions, effectiveness of the LAA, the Supreme Court and the Special Prosecution, among others, by linking multiple datasets from the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) and the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).

The intervention also aims to extend the category of people utilizing the available judicial data. This will be achieved by engaging other actors, such as journalists, in the process of data analysis and in proposing means in addressing data-driven needs.
In this regard, BIRN invites all interested young, aspiring and mid-career journalists to apply for the three-month fellowship, provided by MFK.

Five (5) ambitious and daring journalists will be selected by a team of professional editors to become part of this program. Each fellow will be granted EUR 400.00 fellowship bursary for an in-depth research story based on judicial data. The analytical articles should be derived from the datasets of the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC), the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) and the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) as stated above, however journalists can also use other credible sources for their articles.
Moreover, the selected journalists will receive hands-on mentorship by a team of highly-skilled BIRN Kosovo editors and legal advisors, who have extensive experience in court monitoring, judicial data, and producing and editing high quality reporting in Kosovo regarding the judicial system.
At the end of the programme, fellows are expected to have produced an original research/investigative in-depth investigative story with a limit of 800 – 1,000 words.

How to apply?
Those interested should submit their proposals/pitches with the topics they want to write about,  which should be summarized in a maximum of 300 words. Ideas should be clear and contain details on the topic to be addressed, how it will be addressed, sources to be contacted, etc.

The story proposal should be developed based on the below listed criteria
– Use of datasets of KJC, KPC, and LAA
– Impact of the story on the public
– Special addressing of the issue
– Inclusiveness

Submit your proposal on a PDF document including the links of previous work, and your CV to aritasuhodolli@jetanekosove.com, with the subject: Application for the Judicial Dig Data Challenge Fellowship.

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