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RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowships

RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship January 3, 2022 – August 31, 2022

Call for Applications​

Application for Eastern Partnership

Application for Western Balkans

Deadline for Eastern Partnership Applicants: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Deadline for Western Balkans Applicants: Sunday, October 10, 2021

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is now accepting applications for the 2022 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 and the Western Balkans in support of media freedom and independence.

The Fellowship is guided by RFE/RL’s mission to provide accurate, independent journalism in support of democracy and human rights. The program is financed by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

Program Summary

Fellows will be selected on a competitive basis from Eastern Partnership countries and countries in the Western Balkans 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 to produce content across all journalistic platforms and participate in editorial discussions under the supervision and mentoring of professional RFE/RL colleagues. 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.

English-language proficiency is not required.

The Fellowship is for an eight-month term, running approximately from January 3, 2022 through August 31, 2022. 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 to and accommodations in Prague. Housing may be provided for Fellows who must relocate to work at the local bureau.

Selection

The selection process for the fellowship 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 their cover letter.

Fellowship winners will be announced by November 15, 2021.

Questions may be directed to hokuvovaj@rferl.org.

Regional Reporting Fellows 2021

Eastern Partnership Countries

Satenik Hayrapetyan, Armenia

Satenik has more than 10 years of experience as a journalist, first preparing news for Shant TV’s “Horizon” news program, and since 2018 writing articles for the Shantnews.am web site. A graduate of the Journalism Faculty at Northern University in Yerevan, Satenik speaks Russian and English in addition to her mother tongue, Armenian.

Hanna Malashenia, Belarus

Hanna is currently working for the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza as a freelance journalist and correspondent in Belarus, writing articles for both the printed and online editions of the newspaper. Hanna previously worked for Intex-press in the city of Baranavichy, writing articles on political, education, and fashion topics. A graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Journalism, Journalism and Media Studies, Hanna is bilingual in Russian and Belarusian, fluent in Polish, reads and understands Ukrainian and speaks English.

Ivan Petrov, Belarus

Ivan started his professional career doing social media marketing for LSTR Adziennie, organizing photo sessions, selecting texts and visuals for publication, and maintaining social media presences on Facebook, Instagram, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Ivan later worked for two NGO organizations, Art Siadziba and Hodna.by; since July 2020, he has worked for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service as a social media marketing specialist. Ivan earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia and has attended several professional courses in social media management and design. Ivan’s native languages are Russian and Belarusian, he has an basic knowledge of Polish and English.

Tamuna Chkareuli, Georgia

Tamuna is a documentary photographer and photojournalist who worked as a staff writer for OC Media and freelanced for Chai Khana. Tamuna earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts History and Theory from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and completed her master’s degree at the University of Westminster, London majoring in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. She has been a grantee of the Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum in 2018, and been selected to attend the Nikon-NOOR Academy 2019. Tamuna is currently supported by Women Photograph. Tamuna’s work has received several awards and been exhibited, among others, at the Kolga International Photography festival. Tamuna’s native language is Georgian, and she speaks fluent English and Russian.

Yuliia Turchynska, Ukraine

Yuliia is currently news author for the online publication lb.ua, selecting topics, writing texts, and conducting fact checking. Previously, Yuliia worked for the agency “Ukrayinska politychna arena” as a political journalist writing news, articles, and photo reports and organizing and conducting interviews, before serving as a “Thoughts” section editor for LigaBusinessInform, responsible for selecting, checking and editing materials, creating headlines, structuring, and adapting texts. Yuliia, who has earned a master’s degree in political science from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev, speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Western Balkans Countries

Sara Velaga, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sara is a journalist, writer, PR manager and translator who started her career as a correspondent for the portal Balkan Diskurs. She worked as a translator for PhD students from Canada and from Japan, carrying out interviews, research and analysis, and translating interviews into English. She has also worked as PR manager for EURO EXPRESS Brza Posta, as a journalist at Lola magazine writing and editing articles for web and local networks, and for the Banja Luka portal Buka, where she conducted interviews, did research, and wrote stories. Sara currently works as a journalist for the youth magazine KARIKE. Sara graduated from the “Cappa Phi” College of Communications in Banja Luka, majoring in communications and public relations; in addition to her native Bosnian, she speaks English and German.

Bojana Moskov, Montenegro

Bojana is an investigative journalist working as a project assistant and journalist for the crime and corruption reporting network “LUPA.” She previously worked for the Portal za mlade - Makanje.me, where she was a journalist, social media manager, web content manager and project assistant. Bojana also volunteered for Radio Krs, where she was an on-air host and assisted with projects and marketing. Bojana earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy, and took part in a six-month Erasmus program at the University of Malta; Bojana is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the University in Montenegro’s Faculty of Political Science. Bojana’s mother tongue is Montenegrin, she is a fluent speaker of Italian and English, and is learning French.

Nemanja Stevanovic, Serbia

Nemanja, a member of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina, works as an independent audio and video journalist writing for Autonomija.info and VOICE; he is also a podcast journalist for Reaguj. Nemanja previously worked as a journalist associate at the Media and Reform Center in Nis, writing articles for the news portal mediareform.rs and also working in video production. Nemanja is currently finishing his studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Serbian studies from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University in Nis, and has attended a number of trainings on corruption reporting, fact checking and mobile journalism. In addition to his native Serbo-Croatian, Nemanja also speaks English.

About RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowships

The RFE/RL Regional Reporting Fellowship was launched in 2014 to help aspiring journalists pursue their profession in support of pluralism in countries belonging to the European Union’s Eastern Partnership program. Fellows are placed in a local RFE/RL bureau for eight months, where they combine full-time work as reporters with training and mentoring by RFE/RL professionals. The program improves their journalism and builds their capacity to contribute to the development of a free press.

The fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic and administered by RFE/RL. Fellows for the 2017-2018 program year were selected from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

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