Media outlets receive many requests from young people wanting an internship but they are not structured or formal programmes. Our partner, BIRN created a four-month training programme for twelve trainees.
In response, we invited students, graduates and young journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to apply for the first round of a four-month traineeship programme.
After a set of intensive two- week training sessions with an experienced journalist, who taught the trainees a range of skills and techniques they would need to work in a busy media outlet, they were introduced to their mentors.
The trainees became full-time members of staff of selected media outlets and were supported by a senior team member of each media outlet. Over the course of the programme, the trainees learnt practical skills but also got the opportunity to write and produce over 300 articles.