Deadline: Undecided | Southeast Europe Stories about Whistleblowers Call for Pitches
In the following nations: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine is seeking for Southeast Europe Stories about Whistleblowers Call for Pitches for brand-new journalistic stories on whistleblowing and whistleblowers.
For a piece of 1200 to 1500 words written completely after the pitch is accepted, the Coalition will pay $450. Explanatory, journalism, analysis, personal essays, opinion, and feature stories are all possible.
The intention is to encourage journalists in the area to use whistleblowers as reliable sources of information and for whistleblowers to view journalists and the media as effective allies in the fight against organised crime and corruption.
The following examples of story concepts are expected but not required:
- How these nations’ national whistleblower protection laws are put into practise;
- Exist examples of how whistleblower protection provisions have been implemented well or poorly;
- Does the country’s whistleblower law require improvement?
- What challenges and burdens do journalists and whistleblowers confront in these nations;
- How these nations protect whistleblowers’ potential as a dependable and trustworthy media source;
- which are the areas where reporting corruption and organised crime can be prevented;
- What is the culture of reporting fraud? How to deal with the unfavourable attitudes and opinions towards whistleblowing;
- what difficulties media in the area encounter when interacting with whistleblowers;
- Exist examples of effective and positive media and whistleblower collaboration;
- Exist examples of effective disclosures and whistleblowers who hold the authorities accountable;
- The writers of the pitches that were chosen for further development will be contacted. The pieces must have been written specifically for this call and adhere to high standards of professionalism.
The final draught will be reviewed and proofread by a member of the editing staff after submission. Before any revisions or updates are published in the Coalition’s Whistleblower Journal, the writers will be notified.
- After an item has been published in the Journal, the writers are free to post it in local media or on social media with a credit to the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection.
- At the Southeast Coalition on Whistleblower Protection’s annual conference, the greatest tale from the upcoming 12 months will be recognised.
The tale ideas should be up to 300 words long and should include the following:
- Working title
- A brief summary of the story’s main elements in a few paragraphs
- A succinct synopsis of the main characters and sources
- A succinct description of each photograph that will be included with the text
- We take pitches on a rolling basis. Your story ideas should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a brief bio.
Please e-mail your story ideas together with a short bio note to email@example.com