Thursday 1st April 2021

3pm, EET

Funding, Media Grants and Fellowships

A Ratiu Forum webinar with Kit Gillet and Cristian Lupsa

Cristian is the founder of Romania’s preeminent longform magazine, DoR, which is a must-read for all young journalists with literary ambitions. Over the years they have tried a wide variety of funding models for individual articles, the magazine, and events. As Cristian says, ‘I don’t think there’s something we have not tried over the years.’ In more recent times, DoR has doubled the size of the revenue it brings in from the community, from sources such as reader revenue, merchandise, grants, sponsorship and advertisement. In this 60-minute webinar, experienced international news correspondents Kit Gillet and Cristian Lupsa will discuss how best to seek funding for your media work, exploring the varied and often complex list of options available. In conversation with participants, they will discuss revenue creation routes, along with advice for
scholarships and grant applications.

journalism webinar

This event will be held on Zoom and is in English. 

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 people and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register your place please email us:




Kit Gillet is a British freelance journalist based in Bucharest, Romania, reporting on the Balkans and further afield. A former features writer for the South China Morning Post, Kit’s work now appears regularly in the international press, including for The New York TimesThe Guardian and The Economist. Kit is also the central and eastern Europe correspondent for, a Financial Times-backed platform focused on European startups and innovators, as well as a contributing editor at The Banker.


Cristian Lupșa is one of the co-founding editors of DoR (Decât o Revistă), a digital and print magazine in Romania that believes well-crafted narrative journalism can connect people, heal wounds, inspire, lead, and create change. His career in journalism began in 2000, and has taken him from Romania to the U.S., and back. He started DoR in 2009, and since 2011 is also the host of The Power of Storytelling, an international storytelling conference in Bucharest. Cristian is a 2014 Nieman Fellow, and alongside the DoR team, one of the European Press Prize winners of the 2017 Special Award and the 2020 Innovation Award.