RFE/RL Jiří Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship 2018/2019
Application Deadline- JUNE 1, 2018
RFE/RL is pleased to accept applications for the 2018 – 2019 Jiří Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship. The purpose
of the Fellowship is to help aspiring journalists from the Western Balkans region pursue their profession in
support of media pluralism and independence. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Czech Republic and RFE/RL that is inspired by Jiří Dienstbier Sr.’s contributions to journalism, foreign policy,
and human rights, and intended to further RFE/RL’s legacy of promoting more just and open societies through
Fellowships are for a term of eight months. Fellows will spend six months at RFE/RL’s headquarters in Prague,
where they will be placed with the Balkan Service to receive daily, on-the-job training and mentoring while working alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals. For two weeks before the term in Prague, Fellows will be assigned to an RFE/RL bureau in the region to gain an understanding of RFE/RL’s local role and editorial practices and meet local staff. Fellows will return to the bureau for the final month of the program.
A monthly stipend at the bureau and in Prague, housing, insurance, and travel arrangements to and from
Prague shall be provided.
The main components of the program are:
1. Professional mentoring alongside RFE/RL’s seasoned professionals.
2. Training and development of journalistic skills on traditional, multi-media, and digital platforms.
3. Participation in the daily editorial discussions that inform a professional and independent press.
4. Independent work on a personal project.
5. Understanding of the mission and practice of a professional, free, and independent media.
The Fellowship also features workshops on journalistic practices and tools, discussions with government
officials, civic leaders and regional analysts; visits to local media and news agencies in Prague; and professional
development opportunities in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
Fellows will be expected to represent themselves and the Fellowship, in English, in public events and
discussions relating to media freedom in their country.
The Fellowship accepts applications from journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia,
Montenegro, and Serbia.
The Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants will be from one of the five target
countries; have a minimum of two years’ experience working as a journalist in their native language; have a
demonstrated commitment to journalism as a profession and RFE/RL´s mission; and be proficient in English.
A complete application includes the following materials:
- Personal statement
- 2 Work samples
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae, including current contact information
- Letter to Jiří Dienstbier Sr.
Application materials must be submitted in English.
Candidates may be contacted and asked to participate in a telephone, Skype or in-person interview as part of
the application process.
Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org and a coordinator will respond to you promptly
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