Opatija awaits budding investigative journalists

The 2011 BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting is fast approaching. Journalists from the Balkans have just four more days, until July 25th to apply and gain a full scholarship, while paying applicants can apply until August 9th for this unique course, to be held in the beautiful Croatian resort of Opatija from August 21st to 27th.

This year’s summer school has already attracted the interest of 60 Balkan-based journalism students and our selection committee – comprising Professor Sheila Coronel of Columbia University, Dragana Nikolic Solomon, Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia’s Media Department, and Gordana Igric, BIRN regional director – will select 20 candidates to receive full scholarships.

Trainers at this summer’s school will include some of the world’s leading investigative journalists from the U.S. and Europe, including the Guardian’s Nick Davies, who single-handedly led the phone hacking investigation against the News of The World, Paul Bradshaw, a leading UK-based blogger and journalist, Sheila Coronel, head of Toni Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and many others. You can access information on all trainers and panellists, as well as the school’s full agenda, via our web page.

BIRN is still calling on mid-career journalists who are seeking to improve their investigative techniques at the Summer School. Applications for those requiring scholarships can be submitted until midnight of July 25th here.