Deadline: September 16, 2018
Are you a reporter who wants to dig deeper? Who teams up with others to explore a story from various perspectives? Who feels that complex research doesn’t stop at borders? Apply for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Reporters in the Field Program 2018. The program’s main goal is to enable relevant and innovative cross-border stories.
The program “Reporters in the Field” supports cross-border stories by media professionals from all over Europe. It offers grants to international teams who want to realize a cross-border and in-depth investigation on a story of their choice. Selected teams will receive funding, and participate in a peer-learning workshop.
- Up to €8,000 grant to international teams who want to realize a cross-border and in-depth investigation on a story of their choice.
You can use the grant to support both travel costs and remuneration. To connect expertise from different countries and spheres, you can spend it on research trips with your team. If you find that your topic requires research at home, team members can also spend grant money for research in their home countries.
- International teams with professional freelance or staff journalists who work for established media outlets (no matter if print, photo, broadcast, web, or cross-media) are eligible;
- No age limit applies;
- Your team and story must be based mostly in at least two of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom
The program’s main goal is to enable relevant and innovative cross-border stories. This is challenging enough, so organisers don’t set up many conditions. However, a few things are crucial:
- Workshop: At least two team members participate in the kickoff- workshop from November 16-18, 2018. Collaborative cross-border journalism requires personal meetings. That’s why they invite everybody to start together and exchange feedback, also with the jury members who will be present. The workshop will be covered separately, you don’t need to include it in your budget;
- They find it equally important that you stay in touch with your team members throughout your research and share your experience with other teams –wherever possible;
- Language: Please note that the program and the workshops are run in English, and you need an advanced level of spoken and written English to participate;
- Publication: Your story should be published in established media outlets. Please submit a publications-strategy to your application. Written commitments by media outlets who want to publish your story will improve your chances. You can publish in your preferred language but a short English summary of your final results will be required at the end;
- Financial Report: Your grant can be used for all research-related costs, but keep in mind that they need a report on your expenditures. The maximum grant available is €8,000 per single project, which should support but not necessarily completely cover the costs of your research activities.
For more information, visit Robert Bosch Stiftung/N-OST Reporters in the Field Program.