Journalists in Need Network (jinn) is a Berlin-based non-profit organisation supporting media workers at risk and advancing cross-border cooperation. It was launched in the first weeks of the Russian full-scale war in Ukraine in 2022 in order to provide emergency help and create new opportunities for exile media in Germany. Our educational and mentorship programmes are aimed at the capacity building of media outlets and freelance journalists from Belarus and Russia, who were forced to leave their countries and are seeking new models, funding opportunities, and partner organisations in exile.
Journalists in Need Network invites media workers to participate in the residency and training programmes Berlin Incubator for Media in Exile and Exile Media Hub. Our training and consultancy are designed to facilitate knowledge transfer in project and finance management, fundraising, security issues, and building cross-border projects.
BIMEX is a capacity building programme for independent Belarusian and Russian Media in cooperation with JX Fund.
Deadline for applications: 15.09.2023.
Russian Media Incubator aims to elaborate financial and editorial models, seek funding and draft grant applications, design and implement security protocols for media outlets from independent Russian media projects.
Call for applications: January 2023
Short-term funding for freelance journalists, media outlets, and investigative teams to support content production and implementation of cross-border projects.
Fellowships and grants for Belarusian and Russian media workers to support content production and implementation of cross-border projects in cooperation with German media and NGOs. Funding of up to 12,000 euros is provided for eligible projects.
Deadline for applications: 27.11.2023.
Consultancy and short-term funding for content production for Russian media workers and outlets. Funding of up to 10,000 euros is provided for eligible projects.
Call for applications: November 2023
The programme provides short-term grants for journalistic investigations, reporting, and content production. Applications are accepted from editorial offices and freelance journalists from Ukraine on topics such as Russian invasion and war crimes, social, cultural, historical, and other issues.
Deadline for applications: 27.11.2023.
Exile Media Hub Berlin
Exile Media Hub Berlin is a co-working and training centre for Germany based exile media, freelancers and fellows of media programmes. The hub provides infrastructure for foreign media workers in Berlin, including co-working space, meeting rooms, and video call facilities. Additionally, there is a pop-up studio available for audio and video recordings. Hub residents have access to various opportunities, including training, language classes, meetups, and conferences. They can also apply for consultancy and assistance in developing of exile media and cross-border media projects.
We are happy to announce the launch of the Exile Media Hub Berlin starting from 15 August, 2023. Russian and Belarusian freelance journalists, media outlets and representatives of media projects in exile located in Germany are eligible for participation. The participants of the Hub will be selected on a competitive basis.
Application deadline: 20 October, 2023.
The programme provides short-term grants for journalistic investigations, reporting, and content production. Applications are accepted from editorial offices and freelance journalists from Ukraine on topics such as Russian invasion and war crimes, social, cultural, historical, and other issues. Deadline for applications: 27.11.2023.
Connecting the Dots provides short-term grants for journalistic investigations, reporting, and content production for independent Belarusian and Russian Media. Deadline for applications: 27.11.2023.
BIMEX: Berlin Incubator for Media in Exile is a capacity building programme for independent Belarusian and Russian Media. Deadline for applications: 15.09.2023.
The call for applications for the programmes to support independent Russian media and journalistic projects is now open. The second deadline is April 15, 2023.
6-month educational and mentorship programmes for independent Russian media outlets and media in exile with training and consultancy in business-models, fundraising strategies, development of security protocols, legal and project support. Apply by January 20, 2023.
We are launching a new funding programme to establish and expand cross-border cooperation between media workers, investigative journalists, and data professionals from Belarus and Russia, and their German counterparts. Exiled media from Belarus and Russia, freelance journalists and media start-ups are eligible to apply. Cooperation projects with German media, NGOs and other stakeholders are very welcome to apply. Applications should be designed as short-term investigative or content production projects, and can request grants from 1,000 to 25,000 euros. Application deadline: December 23, 2022.
JX Fund, European Fund for Journalism in Exile, together with the Mass Media Defence Centre from Russia has now launched the information platform “Shpargalka” (a Russian word for “cheat sheet”). Hundreds of Belarusian and Russian journalists flew from their home countries due to the risk of persecution at home. “Shpargalka” aims to help the relocating media workers to choose a country of exile most suitable for their needs.
Media that have already relocated to Germany or those planning to relocate are invited to apply for participation in BIMEX, a newly launched programme to support independent media from Belarus and Russia in times of war and authoritarianism. The application deadline is October 10, 2022.
The journalist network n-ost invites Ukrainian independent media to participate in the Ukrainian Incubator BoostYourMedia. The programme helps editorial offices to build and maintain sustainability and ensure the production of quality content through individual consulting sessions and a tailor-made approach. The Ukraine-based media aiming to reach both Ukrainian and international audiences and German-based Ukrainian media are eligible to apply. The application deadline is October 30, 2022.
Resistance, emergency support and relocation of Belarusian and Russian media during the full-scale Russian invasion in Ukraine were discussed throughout the first Journalists in Need conference in the City Hall of Berlin (Rotes Rathaus) on 11-12 May 2022. Journalists and media experts discussed unprecedented repressions against independent media, strategies and opportunities, and underlined the importance of short- and long-term aid for the development of media in exile and cross-border media projects.
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