- Romania ranked to 48out of 180 countries in World Press Freedom Index 2020 (dropping from 47 in 2019). “Despite many changes atthe highest level of government, respect for press freedom has not improved.The attitude towards journalism and free speech that prevails within the state and the political class continues to encourage censorship and self-censorship.The media’s funding mechanisms are opaque or even corrupt, and editorial policies are subordinated to owner interests”. More details, here.Launched in 2015 to promote investigative journalism and journalists, the Ion Ratiu Journalism Award is inspired by theexample of Ion Ratiu who fought forthe freedom of press. The fifth edition of the Award and the challenging national context highlight the necessity to further support the development of a national network of professional, committed, and independent journalists.Benefiting of the important expertise of our mentors, Ion Ratiu Journalism Awardees and prominent Romanian journalists, the 14 selected mentees – young journalists interested in promoting democratic principles through their work – will have the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals and to improve their reporting skills.
JOURNALISM MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME - OBJECTIVES
- Develop and improve young journalists’ reporting skills through one-to-one activities
- Empower young journalists and support them in developing independent funding skills – sharing national and international call for applications, access to various learning resources, training sessions etc.
- Support mentees to produce at least one meaningful story
Application deadline: 10 December 2020
Currently a reporter working for the alternative publication Dela0, Diana Oncioiu is also a member of the Să Fie Lumină project, initiated by Dela0.ro and the Center for Media Investigations. She has a background in broadcasting, having worked for five years for Realitatea TV and Digi24. She covers mainly social topics – domestic violence, education, social assistance, extreme poverty, social exclusion – and is the author of a series of in depth reportages covering topic like: the social reintegration of former inmates, life in the undergrounds of the Bucharest neighborhood Ferentari, human trafficking and the trialing of sexual crimes with child victims. Diana Oncioiu is the 2020 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Journalism Award.
Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is a co-founder and co-executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, 2015 European Press Prize, the 2020 Sigma Data Journalism Award and 2020 Eppy Awards. Paul is an Ashoka Global fellow and a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network and other organizations.
She has signed over 4.000 investigations, interviews and columns on various topics of public interest in Romania (Mătuşa Tamara, Afacerile din energie ale “băieţilor deştepţi”, Afacerile de după FNI ale lui SOV, Averea lui Dan Ioan Popescu, Dosarul Bancorex, Ziarişti – foşti informatori ai Securităţii, Afacerile lui Puiu Popoviciu). In the last five years she covered extensively the topic of plagiarism in doctoral theses, publishing investigations about the works of several Romanian politicians or public figures.
In 2013 she obtained her PhD in Communication Sciences with the distinction “excellent”, publishing her doctoral thesis – Cultul secretului. Mecanismele cenzurii în presa comunistă (Polirom). In 2017 she published another book – Fabrica de doctorate: Sau cum se surpă fundamentele unei nații (Humanitas).
Emilia Șercan won several scholarships, both as a teacher and as a journalist. She was thus a US State Department Fellow at Ohio University (2016), a scholarship holder at Standhal University Grenoble 3 (2012 – 2013) and at Freedom House Scholarship in the USA (2004). Over the years, he has won several professional and academic awards: Journalist of the Year – SuperScrieri Awards (2016), Freedom of Expression Award – Active Watch (2016), Ion Ratiu Journalism Award (2016 ), Professor of the Year – ANOSR (2017), “Nicolae Iorga” Award of the Romanian Society of Historical Sciences, European Network for Academic Integrity Award (2019) and the Award the Group for Social Dialogue – GDS (2020).
He has spent almost the entire 2016 documenting, together with Ana Poenariu, the series “Toți oamenii generalului” (RISE Project), on the personal and financial development of Gabriel Oprea, one of the biggest paradoxes of Romanian politics.
Aside from investigative journalism, the past years he formed and headed the editorial team of EurActiv Romania. At present Ovidiu Vanghele is editor of Romania’s biggest fact-checking platform, factual.ro, a Funky Citizens’ project.
He has been teaching investigative journalism at the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences – University of Bucharest since 2016. At the same time, since 2017, he coordinates the Să Fie Lumină project together with Vlad Stoicescu. As of 2020, he is also a collaborator of Ziare.com.