Applications Wanted for EU Investigative Journalism Award in Serbia

May 21, 2020
Applications are being invited for the Serbian part of the EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey, which is being administered by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN Hub) and local partners.

From revealing corruption among officials, institutions and public figures to revelations of ties between politicians and criminal organisations, the winners of the 2018 EU Awards for Investigative Journalism in six countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey shaped public opinion and made an impact through exceptional watchdog journalism.

The awards aim to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of investigative journalists as well as improve the visibility of quality journalism. In this year’s awards, 30 journalists were given prizes for 21 remarkable investigations.

The 2018 EU Awards kicked off on Turkey, with a dozen quality investigations, but three stood out.

Hayzel Ocak’s investigative story about corruption in the real estate industry, Unprecedented Betrayal”, showed how Ist

Investigative stories published in Serbia from January 1 to December 31, 2019, and related to freedom of expression, the rule of law, transparency, abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime can be accepted.

The award fund in Serbia in 2020 (for achievements in 2019) is 10,000 euros. The first prize will be 5,000 euros, the second 3,000 euros, and the third 2,000 euros.

Individuals or groups of journalists are eligible to apply with work published in all journalistic formats (print, online, radio and TV) in official, minority or international languages.

Articles eligible for submission must have appeared in print, online, radio and TV media outlets in Serbia during the 2019 calendar year.

EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey aim to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of investigative journalists as well as improve the visibility of quality journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

The awards are a continuation of the ongoing regional EU Investigative Journalism Award in the Western Balkans and Turkey and part of the ongoing project ‘Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey’, funded by the European Union.

The project partners involved all have extensive expertise in the field of media freedom and have been recognised locally and internationally as strong independent media organisations.

The jury for the EU Investigative Journalism Award comprises media experts, some of them from the project consortia. Others are drawn from the extensive network projects that consortium members have, such as editors and academics.

The awards are presented annually in all six Western Balkan countries and Turkey.

Read about the winners of the last year’s competition and their stories here.

For more information, please get in contact by email at euawards@birn.eu.com. All the details and guidelines for Serbia can be found below this article.

The deadline for applications is June 21, 2020.


To download all necessary documents for Serbia in Serbian click here