In 2014 and 2015, I was the editor for the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme, which helps reporters from southeastern Europe work on in-depth, investigative cross-border stories.
I worked closely with 10 journalists each year — commissioning their stories, supervising their progress, giving line-by-line feedback on drafts, editing and fact-checking final texts and crafting pitches to major international media organisations.
During my time as editor, articles from the programme were published by the New York Times, the Guardian, Newsweek, Politico, the New Statesman, the Christian Science Monitor, VICE News, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Deutsche Welle, the EU Observer and outlets across the Balkans. Credit for these achievements belongs above all, of course, to the reporters. It was a pleasure to help them produce these stories.
The programme is run by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, for whom I still occasionally work as an editor.
In 2014, I was the editor on a project by the Thomson Reuters Foundation exploring payments made by Western militaries for deaths and injuries to civilians in war zones.
I also often edited daily news stories during my Reuters career, covering countries as diverse as Sierra Leone and Serbia.