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Regional Reporting Fellowships

Call for Applications

RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship November, 2017 – June 2018

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to contribute to the professional development of aspiring journalists in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries in support of media freedom and independence in the region.

The Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to provide accurate, independent journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program, now in its fourth year, is financed in part by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic.

Program Summary

Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from Eastern Partnership countries and placed with a local RFE/RL bureau. They will be integrated into the daily work of the bureau, where they will work on a full-time basis producing reports, multi-media products and social media content in the local language, while receiving supervision and mentoring from RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. (English-language proficiency is not required.) As a result of the program, Fellows are expected to strengthen their journalistic skills and knowledge, develop their editorial judgment, expand their professional networks, and deepen their understanding of the role of an independent press in their country.

The Fellowship is for an eight-month term, running approximately from November 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. It will include a visit to RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague for additional professional development.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for the term of the program that is consistent with the local wage scale, workspace at an appropriate RFE/RL bureau, and paid travel and accommodations to Prague. Housing may be provided for Fellows who must relocate to work at the local bureau.

To Apply

Journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are eligible to apply.

A complete application must include the following materials:

  • Cover letter: to include the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program; journalistic interests, values, or experiences that would qualify the applicant for the program; and the applicant’s professional goals following the Fellowship’s completion.
  • CV: to include personal data, professional experience and affiliations, educational background, and language proficiency. A copy of the CV in English must be provided.
  • Two work samples in the applicant’s working language, on any platform, published within the last 12 months, demonstrating the applicant’s best work.

As part of the selection process, applicants may be contacted by RFE/RL for an interview, in-person, by telephone, or by Skype.

The deadline for completed applications is Sunday, September 17, 2017 Applications must be sent to RFE/RL at hokuvovaj@rferl.org

Selection

The selection process is competitive. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, their ability to contribute to the work of the bureau, their commitment to the program’s mission, and their professional motivation and goals, as stated in the cover letter.

Applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Questions may be directed to hokuvovaj@rferl.org

2016-2017 Regional Reporting Fellows

Anush Muradyan, Armenia

Anush Muradyan is currently a journalist at Public TV Company of Armenia. She worked on a special correspondent project for several months covering social problems throughout the country and presenting all sides of the issues. Anush’s reporting focuses are agriculture, education, and social problems. She graduated from Yerevan State University with a major in journalism, communications, media, and society. In 2016 she attended a workshop about work in conflict zones organized by the Media Initiatives Center. She speaks Armenian, Russian, and English.

Anastasia Piliuhina, Belarus

Anastasia Piliuhina graduated from Belarusian State University with a degree in history and has also completed courses at the Journalism School of the Belarusian Association of Journalist and IBB School of Journalism. She has worked as a freelance journalist for Inter Press Service news agency and is a contributor to various web publications including the RFE/RL’s Belarus Service. She speaks Belarusian, Russian, and English.

Veaceslav Ceban, Moldova

Veaceslav Ceban currently works for Publica TV in Chisinau in the news department creating reports for a show called Moldova, Country of Miracles. Prior to that, Veaceslav worked for Accent TV based in Chisinau. Veaceslav studied at the Academy of Chisinau, where he majored in music, theatre, and fine arts. He speaks Romanian, Russian, and English.

Viktoriia Zhuhan, Ukraine

Viktoriia Zhuhan currently works for Euromaidan Press as a contributing editor. She conducts interviews and writes and edits news and feature stories for the website. She also works for Espreso TV based in Kiev, where she writes columns and news on international and domestic politics. She has Bachelor’s degree in political science from Kharkiv National University and a Master’s degree in media marketing and public relations from Spoleczna Akademia Nauk in Warsaw, Poland. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Polish.

About The Fellowship


The RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship contributes to the professional development of aspiring journalists in Eastern Partnership countries in support of media freedom and independence in the region. The program is open to aspiring journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Participation in the Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to practice independent, fact-based journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program, now in its second year, is financed by a grant from the US Embassy of the Czech Republic.

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