Travel to Albania as part of a unique investigative reporting exchange fellowship program

Apply by Feb. 15

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) at Boston University seeks six junior, senior or graduate-level college journalism students to travel to Albania this summer as part of an investigative reporting exchange program.

The trip to Albania will be preceded by a five-day workshop starting Monday, May 14 (to be confirmed), during which fellows will join six Albanian journalism students on BU’s campus for in-depth investigative reporting training and reporting lab. Class time will cover topics such as investigative story structure and writing, interviewing skills, acquiring documents and records, storytelling through data sets, legal hurdles, and ethics.  The workshop will include guest lecturers from local news organizations. Together, the fellows and Albanian journalism students will develop strategies and conduct research in support of investigations started by the Albanian students prior to their visit.

Tirana, Albania.

Tirana, Albania.

On June 2, fellows will travel under the supervision of an NECIR editor to Tirana, Albania, for six days to continue their projects, both learning about the country and serving as student-mentors. Fellows will work closely with the Albanian students on reporting, interviewing, fact-checking, and writing, as well as creating visual elements such as photography and video.

After their return to the United States, fellows will continue to work remotely with the Albanian students for three months under the supervision of an NECIR editor. Final versions of the stories will be published by the Investigative Journalism Lab in Albania.

Fellowships include expenses related to travel, lodging and meals for the exchange trip to Albania.  At their own expense, fellows may choose to stay and travel around Europe after the week-long training workshop in Tirana.

Applicants should be current juniors, seniors or graduate level students studying journalism and/or offering equivalent experience. In addition to experience and classwork in core journalism and news reporting, applicants may wish to note specific skills in computer-assisted reporting, digital audio or radio reporting and editing; video reporting and editing; photography; graphic design and websites. Applicants need not speak Albanian.

Applicants should submit a one- to two-page letter explaining both their interest and qualifications, as well as a résumé noting relevant classwork and work experience.

Submit applications by February 16 at 5:00 p.m.