Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans 2019 (Fully-funded)

Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans 2019 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: November 15, 2019

The Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans 2019 is open for applications. The Center for Media, Data, and Society at the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest invites journalists in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia with some experience in investigative reporting to apply for a unique hybrid-style online and offline course on cross-border investigative journalism.

The course will start with an intensive two-day training in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 10-11, 2019, followed by eight weeks of online instruction.

The course aims to

  • equip reporters with improved skills of the latest investigative reporting techniques to be able to research, conduct and present region-specific cross-border investigations;
  • integrate technology/multimedia approach for investigative research, documentation, internal organization, (multimedia) storytelling and data visualization;
  • help journalists minimize their risks by providing basic legal knowledge, and digital and physical security techniques;
  • prepare journalists to collaborate regionally on cross-border topics with an improved regional approach and network.

The course will

  • feature top-level journalists as instructors with experience in cross-border investigations both from the region and from other parts of Europe;
  • mix theory and methods with hands-on, practical approach for a complex learning experience;
  • deliver content in a wide range of forms and formats including readings, exercises, case studies, best practices, expert coaching, interactive expert feedback, individual and group assignments, in text and multimedia formats;
  • include the possibility of funding for teams of participants to work on specific cross-border investigations, with the goal of producing and publishing these investigations;
  • facilitate participants` learning experience by combining the online course with an offline training, and by ensuring that the online components remain available for further use after completion of the course.


Successful participants will receive a professional certificate from the Central European University, signed by the Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society and verifiable for employers.


Accommodation and travel costs related to the training in Belgrade will be covered by the program.


  • Open to journalists with some experience in investigative reporting
    • Albania
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Kosovo
    • North Macedonia
    • Montenegro
    • SerbiaThe program is designed for those working in the following countries:
  • The candidates must possess a strong command of English, written and verbal.
  • Candidates who are accepted to attend the course must confirm that they will be able to commit to the course in full, both for the offline and online part.


If you are interested in applying, please send an email to [email protected] including the following:

  • Put Investigative Journalism Training + your name in the subject line;
  • Write a few lines about why you are applying to the course;
  • Provide a (short) CV.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so please submit as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected].

For more information, visit Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training.