Reporting on the European Forum Alpbach

Deadline: 26 July 2020
Open to: professional journalists from Central and Eastern Europe
Benefits: participation for 15 journalists for the whole duration of the European Forum Alpbach online conference


The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach addresses the relevant socio-political questions of our time. Each year, the Forum brings together thinkers from across generations and different ideologies in Europe to network and explore current challenges and potential solutions.

Since its establishment in 1945, the Forum has welcomed speakers such as Theodor W. Adorno, Karl Popper, Indira Gandhi, Friedrich von Hayek, Hans Kelsen, Ban Ki-Moon, Jeffrey Sachs, Saskia Sassen, Yannis Varoufakis, Joseph Stiglitz, Talia Sasson, Anya Schiffrin, and Stephen Sackur.

This year for the first time, the Forum will be a 12-day online conference (23.08.-03.09.2020). .

The Workshop

Fundamentals are omnipresent topics in today’s world – especially to you as journalists. The focus of this online workshop, taking place from 28.08. – 01.09.2020 in will be on democracy, politics, and law. Before and after your training, you will have access to the entire online conference, and the chance to experience a mix of innovators, policy makers and drivers of change with differing perspectives who will help you dig deeper.

You will gain insights into diverse issues that are tackled during the Forum, such as the fundamentals of democracy, European unity, solidarity and dialogue. These fundamentals have guided the activities of the European Forum Alpbach for the past 75 years.
The workshop is an opportunity for you to join and inform the debate on the way forward and to encourage your readers, listeners and viewers to join that debate and make their voices heard. In a world driven by vested interests, this workshop offers you a chance to discover WHO might be doing WHAT to WHOM, WHY and HOW, and WHO are, or should be, the gatekeepers.


In order to participate, you will need to:

•    Be a professional journalist from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
•    Have a strong interest as well as professional focus on the topics democracy, politics and law.
•    Be active in working in any of those media: print, radio, TV, or online.
•    Have a minimum of one year’s experience in the profession.
•    Be either working full-time for a media organisation, or be a freelancer whose main work is journalism.
•    Commit to writing at least one article that will be published in your media (regional, national language).


The organizers will cover participation for 15 journalists for the whole duration of the European Forum Alpbach online conference (23.08.-03.09.2020).

How to Apply?

When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents – please have these ready:

•    Your CV and a short motivational statement (up to 1000 characters including spaces).
•    2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). Your work should demonstrate that you are actively concerned with topics relating to democracy, politics, and law.
•    A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast at least one story.
•    In the case of freelancers, your application should be accompanied by a letter from a media house that publishes your work and expresses interest in publishing or broadcasting a piece from the Forum.

For more information, and in order to apply, please visit the official web page.