BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting, Serbia

Deadline: 25/07/2010

BIRN is gathering leading journalists and trainers, both from the Balkans and internationally to provide informative, insightful and entertaining training focused on investigative, computer-assisted and organised crime and corruption journalism, in print and broadcast media.

It will be held from August 22nd – 28th within the Petrovaradin Fortress and in the stunning Fruska Gora National Park

Confirmed speakers include renowned trainers and presenters Don Ray, Michael Montgomery,  Mark Hunter, Luuk Sengers, Bruce Shapiro, Maunela Mareso and the OCCRP training team with Drew Sullivan, Rosemery Armao and Paul Radu.

The working language is English.

The summer school will offer a full programme including exercises and round-tables on the changing face of Balkan media ownership, violence against media professionals, and more.
There will also be time to tour the beautiful orchards, vineyards, monasteries and forests in the Fruska Gora National Park.


  • Mid-career journalists, from South East and Western Europe
  • Young journalists interested in finding out more about investigative reporting techniques.
  • Editors, interested in encouraging investigative reporting in their media outlets.
  • Representatives from higher education establishments, interested in incorporating investigative journalism into the curriculum.
  • Balkans-based International correspondents interested in finding out about the challenges faced by their regional colleagues.
  • Representatives of organisations involved in the fight against organised crime and corruption.


The course fee of €549, is all-inclusive, covering tuition, room, meals and extra-curricular tours. The fee also includes BIRN’s newly published textbook “Digging Deeper: A Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans”.


A limited number of full and part scholarships will be available to exceptional candidates. These will be awarded on a merit and need basis and may additionally cover travel costs up to €100.

Eligibility criteria for Scholarships:

  • South East European journalists
  • At least three years of experience in journalism
  • Applicants must supply a sample of their published work, translated into English


You can apply online here. Applications for scholarships must be received by 25 July, 2010.  Selected participants will be announced on August 2nd.

Standard applications must be received by 9 August 2010.  Applications received by 10 July 2010 will be eligible for a reduction of €100 in the course fee.
All participants will receive a BIRN Summer School certificate.

Application procedure for all applicants

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of motivation
  • C.V.
  • Sample of work ( for scholarship applicants only)

More information can be found on the Official Website.

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