Central Eastern European Climate and Energy Policy Scholarship for Journalists
The German-Central Eastern European Bursary gives journalists from Germany and nine Central Eastern European countries the opportunity to spend two months working at a media outlet in another country and reporting about climate and energy issues. With this project the IJP want to establish a unique and sustainable network of journalists who are “experts” in bilateral as well as climate and energy issues.
The German-Central Eastern European bursary grants annual fellowships to journalists from Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania who are interested in reporting in the field of climate and energy issues and gives them the opportunity to live and work abroad.
The IJP cooperate with Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) to provide the participants with a deeper and more detailed insight into the field. During the six to eight weeks of their stay in Germany or a Central Eastern European country, they will get to know the host country better, establish contacts to local journalists and deepen their knowledge about climate and energy issues. The participants will stay at a media outlet in their host country and be embedded in the daily workflow. They will also have the opportunity to work on their own journalistic projects and report about climate and energy issues for media in their home country.
After the exchange, the IJP encourage the participants to stay in touch with each other through the IJP alumni network, attend alumni meetings such as the annual Global Fellows Night and meet many of IJP’s former scholars from all over the world.
IJP are a non-profit organisation who have been offering journalist exchange programmes between Germany and more than 40 other countries and regions for more then 30 years. The purpose of these exchanges is to allow the participants to experience their host countries from a correspondent’s perspective, exchange knowledge and deepen their network while working in and reporting on a foreign country. This bursary aims to realise and improve the coverage of cross-border climate and energy issues in EU-member states as well as raise awareness for cross-border stories and their relevance for example as best/worst practice examples for decision makers.
EUKI bursary winner Gergely Nagy won an award for Hungary’s best energy reporting in 2019. He was one of 14 participants in the 2018 EUKI exchange for journalists from central and eastern Europe, giving them an opportunity to find out more about climate change mitigation and environmental protection in European countries.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.