The mentoring programme for Local Cross-border Journalism grant programme aims to provide another resource to granted teams at improving their investigative projects. For teams that need support in a specific aspect of its investigation, a mentor can be appointed, which are selected based on either the focus of investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill. Mentors can positively influence a team's story particularly for teams of journalists who are less experienced in the field of transnational, investigative storytelling.
The mentoring programme will be adjustable to their time, needs and preferences. All of this provides a strong added value compared to any other available training opportunities. Jury members can also make a grant conditional of collaboration with a mentor.
Granted teams can select a mentor from Journalismfund Europe's pool of experienced journalists via this website: https://journalismfund.eu/mentors-overview
Here is a list of the different ways mentoring will add value to the journalists and the projects. Tips related to research including securing information sharing and communication:
- Identification of sources;
- Interview methodology;
- Sharpen the focus of the story;
- Fresh perspective on a story;
- Motivation to continue the work despite stumbling blocks;
- Broadening the journalists’ network.
Journalismfund Europe's mentorship programme is only available for granted teams.