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3 month residency for digital journalist

Reporters without Borders Germany and Tactical Tech are hosting a residency in Berlin for three months for a digital journalist.


The residency is designed to support journalists from countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the Caucusus or the Middle East, who utilise digital technologies extensively in their work.

The residency will run from November 2014 to January 2015, for a maximum period of three months, and take place in the offices of Reporters with Borders Germany and Tactical Tech in Berlin, Germany.

As the digital journalist in residence, you will be supported in your work by experts from the two organizations, with the aim of collaborating with them on either:
a) a project of your own choice or
b) in supporting the development of relevant projects at Reporters Without Borders Germany and Tactical Tech. 

We are looking for a person with experience who is interested in joining two small teams who are working internationally on issues related to the use of digital technology and the freeflow of information for the strengthening of journalism and civil society.

The successful candidate will work in a fluid environment, be willing to share her / his experience and expertise with the host organizations, and be confident working in English.

We are seeking a candidate for this residency who has extensive experience in one or more of the following areas, and has a demonstrable interest in developing this further in their work and the work of others:

  • data journalism or data related storytelling
  • digital investigation/using new technologies for investigative work
  • digital security and privacy

A good knowledge of digital techologies (the internet, mobile phones etc) and its implications for freedom of information, as well as experience carrying out journalistic work in repressive environments, is required.

As the digital journalist in residence, your travel and accommodation costs will be covered and you will receive a stipend of 3,000 € for three months to cover your living expenses during this time. We will support you in your visa application process, should you need one. Applicants should be prepared to relocate immediately.

In order to apply for this residency, please send your responses to the following questions to by October 13, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Hauke at


  1. Please briefly describe your journalistic background and relevant work to date with regards to one or all of the three priority areas:

    a) data journalism

    b) digital investigation

    c) digital security and privacy

  2. Please let us know about your digital resources (Blog, Twitter, Github, Website etc).

  3. What difficulities and challenges do you face in implementing your work in your context?

  4. Please describe how attending this residency could help your work and why you would like to be the digital journalism resident at Reporters Without Borders and Tactical Tech.

  1. Please describe a project that you would like to work on during your three months in Berlin and/or how you would like to collaborate with Reporters Without Borders and Tactical Tech.

All information submitted in this application will be treated as confidential.

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2014.