Competition for journalists extended until 21.3.2021

Competition for journalists in covering themes supporting trust and social cohesion within and between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia

05 March 2021
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Dialogue for the future

Joint regional programme Fostering dialogue and social cohesion in and between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia - Dialogue for the Future (DFF) is pleased to announce the

Call for submission of the best media reports that contributed to social cohesion and social dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Republic of Serbia and between them.

This initiative was launched in 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), following discussions between the United Nations Secretary-General and the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2015, during the Brdo- Brijuni Summit in Budva, Montenegro, the leaders of the region recognized the DFF project implemented in BiH and encouraged its expansion into South East Europe. The Programme is jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO, in partnership with Presidency offices and governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. The Programme is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

The Regional DFF Joint Programme contributes to the pursuit of the Agenda 2030, in particular four of the sustainable development goals (SDGs): Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16).

Through providing spaces for dialogue and continued interaction between different groups living in the region, the programme aims to support collective identification of issues that affect all citizens and further contribute to enhanced interaction and collaboration between groups. The programme has a major focus on youth, media, and women in the three participating countries. Interested journalists are invited to submit their media reports on proposed topics for consideration prior to 21 March 2021. Selection committee will select 3 submissions (one from each country) to be awarded at the Regional Media Conference, which will be held on 26 March 2021.  

Criteria for Submissions

Journalists are eligible to apply in all journalism forms (print, online, radio and TV) originally published in the media in any or each countries named in the Call.

Articles eligible for submission must appear in print, online, radio and TV media outlets during the 2020 calendar year.

Submissions must be received by the deadline- 21 March 2021. All submissions should be sent electronically to the email:

Criteria for Nominees

Stories should look at the issue of social cohesion and dialogue between and among people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Republic of Serbia.

The awards will be based on the following criteria:


MAX score

1. Relevance of the story

  • To what extent is the theme of social cohesion and improvement of social dialogue, presented in the story?
  • To what extent the story revealed facts of importance for public interest and  dialogue among countries in the region?


2. Quality of the story

  • How strong is the hypothesis and how well is/are the key problem(s) elaborated?
  • How did the selected topic open / contribute to dialogue / social cohesion in a country / region? / (Feed-back and comments from the online audience)
  • Quality of piece and ethical approach to theme and protagonists










3. Originality

  • To what extent did the story tackle issues that either were not brought to public attention at all or were partially covered?
  • Did the author use any new approaches in the story?



4. Target groups and focus

  • Does the story include some of the target groups of the DFF programme (youth, media, women)  





How to submit the application:

All submissions should be submitted using application form. Committee will consider only those application submitted in this form.

In addition to the form, all applications should submit PDF / URL / audio / video of the story applying for the award. All material should be submitted to the following email: titled: Cohesion award_ name of the candidate.

Deadline for submission of applications is 21 March 2021, at 23:59 PM.

All candidates will be informed on committee’s decision.


Application form


Media contacts

Nineta Popovic
Communication Officer
UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel: +387 33 293 600


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