Digital Journalism for Eastern Europe 2016

Journalists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine acquire smart skills about video, photography and data visualisation, doing online research, and internet security. This blended learning course consists of a strong attendance phase in Germany and one intensive e-learning module. Applications will be accepted until April 5. Find more information here.


Courses at the Interlink Academy are run by highly specialized lecturers and trainers from Germany and abroad who have considerable experience with international study groups. Great attention is paid to the journalistic expertise of lecturers as well as their experience as educators.

Sponsors and Partners

The program is sponsored by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Other partners are: Netzwerk Recherche Germany, the Independent Journalism Center in Moldova, the Georgia Association of Regional Broadcasters, the Azerbaijan Journalist’s Network, the Investigative Journalists Network in Armenia, the Bumaga Media Group/Paperpaper in Saint-Petersburg and the Union of Young Independent Journalists in Ukraine.


Participants receive a scholarship grant to cover course fees and international travel costs. During the attendance phases, the participants are housed in guesthouses or hotels at the expense of the Interlink Academy, and receive an adequate meals allowance.

Who can participate?

The “Digital Journalism for Eastern Europe” program is aimed at professional journalists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated their journalistic talent as a member of an editorial team or as a freelancer. They should be interested in the new technical opportunities for doing research and publishing on the Internet. An understanding of the role of independent media in democratic societies is a given.

Applicants must have a good command of English (reading, written, spoken), as the whole program is conducted in English. The Interlink Academy expects salaried editorial staff to be released for the duration of the attendance phases while continuing to be paid by their employer, and to receive appropriate support from them during the e-learning phase. Freelance journalists should ensure that during their stay in Germany they are able to pay their ongoing costs in their home country.

The attendance phase in Germany may require participants to compromise on their traditional diet and daily routine. And please note that the program can also involve physical challenges, such as carrying heavy equipment over long distances.

Applicants must be in possession of valid international travel documents.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted from March 24 to April  5, 2016. They must be submitted online using the electronic application form on the Interlink Academy website. Please draft the required motivation letter with care. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Find the website of the project here.

Application form