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Berlin offers media support to escape ivory tower

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Berlin, 10.03.2020, 13:36 Uhr
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Berlin [ENA] A Berlin University offers 16 journalism scholarships to boost European integration and the development of media aimed at reducing the gap between research and “the world outside the ivory tower.” According to the Free University two types of scholarships will serve this purpose with monthly stipends ranging from EUR1.000 to EUR1.500. Deadline for applications by reporters, media managers and students is 15 March.

Up to 15 European fellowships of the University’s International Center for Journalism allow participants to take a two-semester leave from their jobs and spend a sabbatical year at the Freie Universität Berlin. Another endowment enables one journalist to become a temporary correspondent of the European Journalism Observatory. While this fellow receives a monthly stipend of EUR1.100 for the duration of 10 months, the other winners will be offered EUR1.500 (standard fellows) and EUR1.000 to EUR1.200 respectively (junior fellows) during the research projects. Journalists from across Europe, the United States, Russia and the Arabic region are invited to apply for the fellowships starting in October 2020 and ending in July 2021.

The Center says that highly qualified journalists in either staff positions or freelance employment with several years of professional experience are eligible to apply. The most important element of the fellowship application is an exposé for an academic-journalistic research project to be pursued in Berlin. Applications can be submitted in German or in English. Written proof certifying good knowledge of the German language is required for participation (e.g. Goethe-Institute, German Academic Exchange Service). Standard fellowships are for journalists with at least five years of experience, journalists with about five years of professional experience qualify for junior fellowships.

The stipends’ sponsors include BMW, FAZIT-Foundation (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Helsingin Sanomat and the Foundation Presse-Haus NRZ, as well as the political foundations Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, and Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Since 1999, more than 200 journalists from more than 30 nations have benefited from the opportunity to spend a sabbatical year of research in Berlin. Starting in 2012 one fellowship annually has been earmarked for a journalist who would like to become a temporary correspondent of the European Journalism Observatory (www.ejo-online.eu), observing recent developments in journalism research in Germany and the rapidly changing landscape of journalism and media in Berlin.

EJO’s work is focused on the needs of journalists and media managers, but it also serves students and other target groups who are interested in the development of media, reducing the gap between communications research and the world outside the ivory tower. As a joint venture, EJO partners offer a website in ten European languages. Instead of providing one project idea as part of their application, applicants for this fellowship hand in several story ideas on which they would like to work during their stay in Berlin. During the fellowship, the “EJO correspondent in residence at EJF” will contribute monthly two or three own articles; postings on the EJO website of their native language and links to the EJO Twitter and/or Facebook pages.

Requirements for the observatory position include journalistic experience; strong interest in journalism & media research; and one of the EJO languages (i.e. Albanian, Arabic, Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian) as well as basic knowledge of German (level A or B). Proof of language knowledge could be handed in later, organizers say.

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