Journalists from Serbia on London Study Tour

Eight journalists from Serbia are traveling to London in mid-November to take part in a study programme focusing on reporting minority issues, which has been organised by the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe.

From November 13 – 19, the journalists will be hosted by Westminster University , Ealing Racial Equality Council, the Commission for Racial Equality, the BBC, the National Union of Journalists, the Media Diversity Institute and other institutions.

They will hear a number of presentations on the media in the UK, the ethnic make-up of Britain, Media and Islam post 7/7, reporting minorities and crime. There will be a focus on relations between media and ethnic minority groups and professional standards in reporting on such sensitive topic.

Most of the visiting journalists are BIRN Serbia contributors and members of the organisation’s minority reporting network, who’ve received training under the Minority Training and Reporting Project.

The British Association for Central and Eastern Europe is an independent organisation, financed by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which organises seminars and study visits for media, parliamentarians, NGOs aimed at promoting civil society and democracy.

BIRN Serbia is giving administrative support to the organisers of the study tour.

BIRN Doc Screened in Washington DC

The BIRN documentary “Kosovo: Does Anyone Have a Plan?” was screened at the US Institute for Peace in Washington DC on October 27.

The film was followed by a discussion led by Daniel Server, head of USIP. Gordana Igric, BIRN Regional Director, Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo Director and Nerma Jelacic, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina Director, responded to questions from the audience.

Sixty people attended the screening and subsequent discussion, which addressed subjects such as the current political climate in Kosovo and Serbia, the ongoing status talks, and possible status scenarios.

“Life in Kosovo” Celebrates First Anniversary

A year after it first went on air, the BIRN-organised "Life in Kosovo"
current affairs TV debate is now one of the most watched programmes in
the region.

The anniversary show will contain highlights of the previous shows, including the best reports, questions and answers.

BIRN will also looked back at some of the issues discussed over the last year and feature a number of follow-ups.

will include updates on subjects such as the electricity situation in
Kosovo; changes at Pristina University; and unemployment among skilled

Vjosa Musliu, a participant in the
latter debate, which was broadcast in September, said at the time that
it was impossible for her to find a job. She told the follow-up that
she has since been offered work by four companies.

The last part of the anniversary show is to be dedicated to viewers’ letters – some of the most interesting will be read out.

BIRN Documentary screened at Columbia University

The TV documentary Does Anyone Have a Plan, produced by BIRN, was screened at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York on October 23.

The screening was followed by lively panel discussion in the hall packed with students and others interested in the issue of Kosovo’s final status. Gordana Igric, BIRN Regional Network director, Jeta Xharra, Kosovo BIRN director and Nerma Jelacic, Bosnia and Herzegovina BIRN director answered on subjects ranging from the impact of Serbia’s new constitution and possible consequences of the delays in resolving final status of Kosovo.

BIRN film shows in New York and Washington

Gordana Igric , BIRN Regional Network Director, Jeta Xharra BIRN Kosovo Director and Nerma Jelacic, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina Director will attend the screening of “Does Anyone Have a Plan?”, BIRN’s documentary on Kosovo status issues in New York and Washington.

Produced by BIRN and directed by the award-winning filmmaker Lode Desmet, this documentary focuses on the dilemmas facing 17 ordinary people from Kosovo, Serbia and neighboring countries in the run-up to final status negotiations.

The screening at Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York is scheduled for October 23, at 6.30 pm and will be followed by a debate.

The showing at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington is to take place on October 27 at 12.30 pm, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

BIRN Romania workshop on ethic issues

Marian Chiriac, BIRN Romania Director, held a workshop on Reporting
Ethnic Diversity on October 21-22 in Miercurea Ciuc (central Romania).

In the workshop, Chiriac introduced trainees to news, news analysis and feature writing, and how to avoid ethnic stereotypes.

He presented them with the a Guide for Fair Reporting on Ethnic Issues. The workshop was part of a three-month programme organised by BIRN Romania and Freedom House, designed to redress the negative representation of the Roma minority in the Romanian mainstream media.

The programme is funded by Romanian National Agency for Roma People, ANR.

Media Im Pakt grant

Media Im Pakt has donated funds to assist BIRN in preparing for the launch of a business newsletter, which will be available to readers on a subscription basis next year. BIRN is currently identifying local journalists and commentators to contribute to the publication.

BIRN launches project in Albania

As part of efforts to widen the regional scope of its project
activities, BIRN organised two-day workshop on October 4 and 5.

A group of ten Albanian reporters attended the workshop which served as an introduction to BIRN house style and its weekly newsletter Balkan Insight.

Regional Network Director Gordana Igric gave a presentation on international journalism standards, article structure, news analysis and libel laws.

The training session concluded with a discussion of ideas for Balkan Insight articles. Stories dealing with under-reported issues in Albania were commissioned. These will be published in a special issue at the beginning of November.

During her stay in Tirana, Igric also met the editors and management of local media, including Gazeta Shqiptare, Panorama, Korieri and the Albanian Telegraph Agency. They expressed an interest in republishing Balkan Insight articles.

Fresh start in Albania

BIRN Network is preparing to enlarge the group of current investigative
teams across the Balkans with journalists and trainees from Albania.

The selection of the journalists is going on for the first training session in Tirana in the beginning of October, which will be run by Gordana Igric, Regional Network Director.

Igric will introduce the selected journalists to BIRN’s house style, international standards of journalism, libel law and writing features and news analysis. As a result, Balkan Insight will publish a special issue by these Albanian journalists, highlighting political and economic developments in this under-reported country. For further information, contact Gordana Igric on [email protected]