Thomson Reuters Course “Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe”

Deadline: 15 February 2016
Open to: full-time professional journalists from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey
Venue: 10-23 April 2016 London, UK; 11-24 September 2016, Berlin, Germany


In 2016, sixteen journalists from Southeast Europe will be selected to participate in the “Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe” programme, managed by experienced staff from Thomson Reuters Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The programme includes two 10-day training courses in London, UK (10-23 April, 2016) and in Berlin, Germany (11-24 September, 2016) and is run by skilled ex-Reuters journalists. Participants will also travel to Brussels and Frankfurt to meet policy-makers and journalists covering European financial and political affairs. The course will cover the following broader topics:

  • Writing about emerging market economies;
  • Markets reporting and covering companies;
  • Practical exercises based on current European themes.

Participants will be expected to attend both parts of the course.


  • Full-time professional journalists who have been working for at least two years with a recognised publication, website, radio or television station;
  • Fluent in English;
  • Portfolio that includes experience in economic journalism or must otherwise demonstrate a strong interest in economic and political issues;
  • Citizens of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia or Turkey;
  • pPermission from their employer to take part in the programme.

 Please visit Robert Bosch Stiftung’s website at to find more information on the programme and experiences of former participants.


Flights, accommodation and living expenses will be covered for the duration of the programme.

How to apply?

Together with your online application you will have to submit these documents:

  • A short biography of now more than 200 words;
  • A story of the state of your national economy;
  • A statement of between 250 and 500 words describing any factors affecting your work as a journalist. Explain how you hope to benefit from the course for which you are applying;
  • Two recent examples of your published work, preferably relevant to the course for which you are applying, with a brief summary in English (if necessary). TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary.

Deadline for applying is 15 February 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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