Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe

Deadline: 10 February, 2013
Open to: journalists from Southeast Europe
Venue:13-27 April in UK and 15-28 September in Germany


Applications are being accepted for the 2013 programme for journalists from Southeast Europe, ‘Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe‘ jointly run by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The programme was initiated in 2007 to foster quality analysis and reporting on economic issues, enhance coverage on topics that are central to the region’s economic and political development and encourage regional networking among journalists.


Sixteen journalists from Southeast Europe are competitively chosen to participate in the programme, run by experienced ex-Reuters journalists. The programme includes two 10-day courses in the UK (13-27 April) and in Germany (15-28 September). Participants will also travel to Brussels and Frankfurt to meet policy-makers and journalists covering European financial and political affairs.

The course will cover the following broader topics:

  • Writing about emerging market economies,
  • Markets reporting and covering companies,
  • Practical exercises based on current European themes.


  • Applying journalists must be citizens of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia or Turkey.
  • They must have permission from their employer to take part in both parts of the programme.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English
  • They must be full-time professional journalists who have been working for at least two years with a recognised publication, website, radio or television station.
  • Applicants must have a portfolio that includes experience in economic journalism or must otherwise demonstrate a strong interest in economic and political issues.


Flights, accommodation and living expenses will be covered for the duration of the programme by Thomson Reuters Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

How to apply

Please apply online on TrustMedia. You can register for the application here

Applicants are expected to submit:

  • A short biography of no more than 200 words AND A story of the state of your national economy.
  • A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying.
  • Two recent examples of your published work, preferably relevant to the course for which you are applying, with a brief summary in English (if necessary). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10 February 2013 at 11 pm GMT.

For more information visit the Official Website

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