Exposing the Truth: A Guide to Investigative Reporting in Albania

Exposing the Truth: A Guide to Investigative Reporting in Albania, is a manual about online and offline investigative reporting techniques, produced by BIRN Albania with the support of the OSCE Presence in Albania.

The manual, which was authored by BIRN editor and media trainer Lawrence Marzouk, explores all the steps that a journalist should follow and the resources he/she should use to produce in-depth investigative reports.
The manuals is divided into seven chapters, which start with the necessary preparatory work that reporters should carry out before they begin an investigation, online research techniques using search engines and databases, access to public documents through the freedom of information law, how to organize the research data and overcome legal hurdles before publication.
The guide aims to provide reporters with the necessary skills to tackle complex stories of corruption and wrongdoing that stretch across borders and involve both local and international actors.
To download a copy of the manual click in English here
To download a copy of the manual click in Albanian here

Reporting Corruption on Broadcast and Print Media: The Case of Albania

The media monitoring study assesses Albanian media reporting on corruption, as well as its adherence to the guiding principles of journalism which make it possible for news organizations to be an effective tool against corruption.

The objective of the study is to present and interpret a summary of the general characteristics as well as the quality and reliability of the reporting of Albanian media on issues and cases of corruption, based on a set of quantitative indicators, in order to identify possible problems and shortfalls in the implementation of journalistic standards.

The findings of this monitoring initiative are intended to be used as reference material to assist the various local and international actors involved in media development in Albania, local journalists’ unions, as well as reporters and editors, in undertaking projects and activities that could eventually increase both the quantity and the quality of reporting on corruption, impunity and efficiency of anti-corruption initiatives.

To download a copy of the report in Albanian click here.

To download a copy of the report in English click here.

Follow the Paper Trail

Follow the Paper Trail, a guide to document-based journalism in Kosovo, explains relevant laws, access to public documents, how to publish safely, where to find databases on investigative journalism, and how to locate documents online through various search engines.

Download the Guide: English
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FollowFor those wanting to uncover wrongdoing, knowing how to follow the paper trail is crucial, and this means a strong grasp of relevant media laws, a host of web-based skills and the ability to manage large quantities of documents.

Journalists must know how to prize documents from secretive institutions using ,Right to Know” laws but also find key reports which are already in the public do-main, many online. An in-depth knowledge of Google and other online search tools is also essential.

Reporters who cannot follow the paper trail across borders will soon find they are hitting brick walls in their quest for truth.

Spotlight on Mladic: Villian or Celebrity?

The publication brings an overview of the coverage of the arrest and the beginning of the trial of Ratko Mladic, who is charged with genocide and other crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Balkan media.

The monitoring and analysis encompassed the highest-circulation dailies and weeklies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

Languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) and English

Pursuit for Justice: Guide to the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH vol.I

Pursuit for Justice explains the main differences between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, and the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of BiH.

It provides the reader with an overview of the Bosnian court’s mandate, major functions, and structure.

The guide covers topics such as the transfer of cases from the ICTY to the Prosecutor’s Office in BiH and amendments to the criminal procedure, and aims to inform the public, government representatives, and civil society organisations about the way war crime cases are handled before the Court of BiH.

Languages: Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian (BSC) and English