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Belarus in Focus 2015 | Application Deadline 19 January 2015

Belarus in Focus 2015 is an international competition for journalists writing about Belarus in international media.

Ukrainian crisis, presidential elections, and Sviatlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize award have become important reasons for international media to pay attention to Belarus.

Are you interested in Belarus? Have you written articles about this country in 2015?

Belarus in Focus 2015

Belarus in Focus 2015

If the answer is “yes” then Belarus in Focus 2015 is for you. This year the competition takes place for the fifth time.

We accept articles about Belarusian politics, economy, international relations, culture, and everything related to Belarus. The articles will be evaluated by an international jury consisting of top media professionals. The detailed rule of the competition can be found here.

You can submit your articles here.

We accept articles about Belarus published between January 1st, 2015 and December 31st, 2015. The deadline for applications is January, 19th 2016.

Judging panel:

Michael Andersen, MYMEDIA (Denmark)
Judith Soal, The Guardian’s New East Network (UK) – read an interview with Judith here!
Michał Janczuk, Belsat TV (Belarus)
Ellie Haworth, BBC Media Action (UK)
Michał Potocki, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, deputy editor (Poland)

Winners will receive:

  • professional journalists (over 3 years of experience):  x3 certificates of 500 EUR for professional development (a journalist trip to Belarus, paid educational programs, equipment, etc.)
  • beginner journalists (under 3 years of experience):    x3 certificates of 300 EUR for professional development (a journalist trip to Belarus, paid educational programs, equipment, etc.)

Besides, selected participants from Belarus will be able to visit the editorial office of The Guardian in London and the office of the European Parliament in Brussels.

All the winners of the competition will be invited to a two-day workshop in Minsk with members of the jury, international experts, and journalists.

We recommend sending your articles translated to English, which is the main language of the competition. However, jury members will also be able to read your articles in German, Spanish, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Russian, and recommend the best articles for translation.

The official site of the competition:

The organizer of the competition: Belarus in Focus Information Office

Belarus in Focus 2015 international journalism competition is sponsored by MYMEDIA

This publication has been produced with the assistance of MYMEDIA, a DANIDA funded project. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of Belarus in Focus Information Office and can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of MYMEDIA/DANIDA. 

Minsk, Belarus. author: Arthur Kuznetsov. source: Flickr
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