Awards

BIRN Awards From 2006 to 2018.

2018 

Awarding body: ACCOUNT [anti-corruption network in BiH]

Award: Best multimedia investigation into corruption.

Winner: Semir Mujkic, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For:  Investigation into Bosnian goal supplier that used forged safety documents.

 

Belgrade International Green Culture Festival, Green Fest

Award: best Serbian film.

Winners: Dragan Gmizic,  BIRN Serbia, Al Jazeera Balkans and WWF Adria, co-producers.

For: The Dark Shadow of Green Energy.

 

Network for Affirmation of the NGO Sector [MANS, Montenegro]

Award: best story using freedom of information requests in 2018.

Winner: Sanja Rasovic, BIRN Hub, freelance journalist.

For: Local Chiefs’ Financial Abuses Blight Montenegrin Costal Town

 

Coalition for the Protection of Children, KOMF, [an NGO in Kosovo], in cooperation with the Forum ZFD and the Center for the Education of Kosovo

Award: best reporting on the rights of children in Kosovo.

Winner: BIRN Kosovo.

For: three journalistic pieces.

 

[Macedonian] Nikola Mladenov award for investigative reporting

Award: Second prize.

Winner: BIRN Macedonia.

For: database on foreign investments announced by the Macedonian government from 2007 to 2016.

 

Serbian Contemporary Short and Documentary Film Festival [in Washington]

Award: Audience’s award.

Winners: Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina and BIRN Kosovo.

For: The documentary, Kosovo… Nazdravlje! Gëzuar!

 

2017 

Global Investigative Journalism Network, GIJN

Award: Special recognition, certificate of excellence.

Winners: BIRN Hub and BIRN Kosovo.

For: The investigation, Making a Killing.

 

UN Kosovo and the Kosovo Journalists’ Association, AGK

Award: Kosovo Journalism Poverty Prize.

Winner: Serbeze Haxhiaj, BIRN Hub.

For: The Enduring Agony of Wartime Rape in Kosovo

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association, AGK, and German Corporation for International Cooperation, GIZ

Award: Best story on education.

Winner: Doruntia Baliu, BIRN Kosovo.

For: The Silence on Falsifying Grades

 

Forum on the Arms Trade [network of civil society experts, managed from Washington]

Award: Best article.

Winners: BIRN Hub and BIRN Kosovo.

For: The Pentagon’s $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Albania

Award: Best article by a young investigative journalist.

Winner: Elvis Nabolli, BIRN Hub, a 2016 fellow of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

For: An Albanian War on Drugs.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Macedonia

Award: First prize.

Winner: Aleksandar Dimitrievski, BIRN Macedonia.

For: Database on agricultural subsidies in Macedonia.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Serbia

Award: Second prize.

Winner: Dragan Gmizic, BIRN Serbia.

For: The documentary, Flatland without Birds?

 

Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia

Award: best investigations in print media.

Winner: Jelena Veljkovic, BIRN Serbia.

For: The Secret of Vucic’s Tavern

And;

Award: best investigation in online media.

Winner: BIRN Hub and BIRN Kosovo.

For: Making a Killing, the 1.2 billion euro arms pipelines to the Middle East.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Kosovo

Award: Second prize.

Winners: Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo, and Faik Ispahiu, Internews Kosovo.

For: The Organised Tax Fraud.

 

Association of Journalists of Macedonia

 Award: ‘Yasar Erebara’ award [annual].

Winner: Vlado Apostolov, BIRN Macedonia.

For: Three investigative articles on properties linked to the former chair of the Council in the Skopje Municipality of Centre.

 

2016 

Nikola Mladenov award [annual, in Macedonia]

Award: Best investigative reporting.

Winner: BIRN Macedonia team.

For: Skopje 2014 Uncovered.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Serbia

Award: First prize.

Winner: Aleksandar Djordjevic, BIRN Serbia.

For: Draining the Mine and the Budget.

And;

Award: Third prize.

Winner: BIRN Hub and BIRN Kosovo investigative team.

For: Veselinovic-linked Consortium Bags 75m Dollar Contract in Secret Deal.

 

Independent Association of Serbian Journalists and US embassy in Belgrade

Award: Best investigative story in print media.

Winner: Aleksandar Djordjevic, BIRN Serbia.

For: article on Belgrade Business School which, under pressure from officials, unlawfully lent 7 million euros to indebted companies that were unlikely to repay the money.

 

South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles

Award: Best short documentary.

Winner: Marija Ristic, BIRN Hub.

For: The Unidentified.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Albania

Award: First prize.

Winner: Leonard Bakillari, BIRN Albania.

For: Albanian Judges’ Wealth Escapes Scrutiny.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Macedonia

Award: First prize.

Winner: Boris Georgievski, BIRN Macedonia.

For: a series of investigations, Dossier Telecom”.

Award: Second prize.

For: the database Skopje 2014 Uncovered.

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Kosovo

Award: Second prize.

Winner: Parim Olluri, BIRN Kosovo.

For: The friend of Lushtaku benefits from Vala.

 

Belgrade International Green Culture Festival, Green Fest

Award: best Serbian film

Winner: author Dragan Gmizic, BIRN Serbia.

For: The documentary, Flatland without Birds?

Kosovo Journalists’ Association, UNDP in Kosovo, Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency and BIRN Kosovo

Award: Best anti-corruption story on TV.

Winner: Naim Krasniqi, BIRN Kosovo.

For: The Wrong Lunch.

 

Central European Initiative and the South East Europe Media Organisation, CEI SEEMO

Award: Best investigations on corruption and organised crime.  

Winner: Lindita Cela, BIRN Albania.

For: overall work.

 

2015 

Independent Association of Serbian Journalists

Award: Jug Grizelj prize for contribution to investigative work.

Winner: BIRN Serbia team.

For: overall work.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Albania

Award: First prize.

Winners: Aleksandra Bogdani and Flamur Vezaj, BIRN Albania.

For: three articles on the recruitment of Albanians to fight for radical Islamists in Syria.

And;

Award: Third prize.

Winner: Besar Likmeta, BIRN Albania.

For: Lobby Firm Behind Campaign to Smear Albanian Socialist.

 

CEI SEEMO

Award: Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism, professional journalists’ category.

Winner: Aleksandra Bogdani, BIRN Albania.

For: Overall work.

 

Union of Albanian Journalists

Award: Vangjush Gambeta award.

Winner: Amire Qamili, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Isa Mustafa’s Sons Win Tenders of the Prime Minister Office.

 

Association of Journalists of Mitrovica

Award: Best Journalist of 2015.

Winner: Behar Mustafa, BIRN Kosovo.

And;

Award: Best Cameraperson of 2015.

Winner: Naser Fejza, BIRN Kosovo.

 

EU Investigative Journalism Awards for Kosovo

Award: Second prize.

Winners: Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo and kallxo.com team.

For: Scandals of Doctors with Stents.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association

Awards: ‘Best Culture Story’, ‘Best Reportage’ and ‘Best Filming’

Winners: BIRN Kosovo team.

 

Independent Association of Serbian Journalist and US embassy

Award: Best investigative journalism in the print media.

Winner: Slobodan Georgiev, BIRN Serbia.

For: Discovering the Secret of the Minister’s safe’, on the Etihad/ Airserbia contract.

 

2014 

Independent Association of Serbian Journalists and US embassy

Award: Best investigative journalism in print media.

Winners: Slobodan Georgiev and Aleksandar Djordjevic, BIRN Serbia.

For: Marketing Stars in the Political Field.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association and UNDP in Kosovo

Award: Best Cultural Article.

Winner: Kaltrina Rexhepi, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Irregular Business Burden to Inheritance.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association and UNDP Kosovo

Award: Best online investigative journalism about poverty.

Winner: Nektar Zogjani and Tinka Kurti, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Misery of the Reconciliation Field Camp,’ on the harsh life of the inhabitants of the Pajtimi neighbourhood on the outskirts of Pristina.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association and UNDP Kosovo

Award: Best online anti-corruption story.  

Winners: Parim Olluri and Petrit Collaku, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Negotiated Million

And;

Award: Best story in TV category.

Winner: Kreshnik Gashi, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Besimi does not go to Jail.

 

2013 

UN Women and the group Security and Gender Equality in Kosovo

Award: Best TV journalism, first prize.

Winner: Jeta Xharra, director of BIRN Kosovo.

For: Programme on the Kosovo film director Blerta Zeqiri.

 

Independent Association of Serbian Journalists and US embassy

Award: Best investigative journalism in the online media.

Winner: Slobodan Georgiev, BIRN Serbia, and CINS Serbia team.

For:  To BusPlus Through the Holes in The System, on the payment system on public transport in Belgrade.

Kosovo Journalists’ Association and UNDP Kosovo

Award: Best report on poverty, first prize.

Winner: Kaltrina Rexhepi, BIRN Kosovo.

For: Collective Apartments in Magura Have No Access to Water.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association

Awards: Three investigative journalism awards, including ‘Best Journalist of 2012’.

Winners: BIRN Kosovo’s ‘Jeta ne Kosove’ team.

 

Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies

Award: honours excellence in reporting on the European Union in the English-speaking media.

Winner: Sorana Stanescu, BIRN Hub, an alumna from the 2012 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme.

For: Cheap, and Far from Free: the Migrants Building Britain.

German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ, and Kosovo Journalists’ Association

Award: Best educational reporting, third prize.  

Winner: Bardh Shkreli, BIRN Kosovo.

For: University of Pristina with no Inventions.

 

2012 

South East Europe Media Organisation, SEEMO

Award: Dr Erhard Busek Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.

Winner: Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo director.

For: Overall work.

 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association, Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency, UNDP

Award: Best anti-corruption journalism.

Winners: BIRN Kosovo investigative team.

For: Overall work.

 

UNICEF

Award: Outstanding contribution to journalism in Bosnia.

Winner: Eldin Hadzovic, BIRN Hub, an alumnus of BIRN’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

For: Abandoned Twice: Bosnia’s Orphans Left in the Lurch.

 

2010 

Kosovo Journalists’ Association and Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency

Award: anti-corruption work in the category of television and online journalism, first prize.

Winner: BIRN Kosovo investigative team.

For: Investigation into misuse of government tenders for roads in Kosovo and into allegations of corruption in the Kosovo’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.

 

2009 

Central European Initiative, CEI, and South East Europe Media Organisation, SEEMO.

Award: Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism.

Winner: Besar Likmeta, BIRN Albania Editor.

For: Overall work.

 

2007

Kosovo Journalists’ Association

Award: Best story in Kosovo for 2006.  

Winner: Krenar Gashi and BIRN Kosovo’s investigative team.

For: Ex-Policemen Run Kosovo Passport Scam.

 

Romanian government’s Department for Interethnic Relations and National Agency for Roma and the Ethnic Relations project

Awards: Three different diplomas and awards.

Winner: BIRN Romania.

For: fair reporting on ethnic issues.

 

2006 

Romanian Center for Resources for Roma Communities

Award: Honorary mentions in a journalism contest.

Winner: BIRN Romania contributors.

For: Fair reporting on Roma issues.

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