Reporting Democracy

BIRN Hub

Reporting Democracy is a cross-border journalistic platform dedicated to exploring where democracy is headed across large parts of Europe.

Summary

In addition to generating a steady stream of features, analysis and interviews by our own correspondents, we support local journalists by commissioning stories and providing grants for in-depth features and investigations.


Donor

ERSTE Foundation


Main Objective

The overall goal is to establish an international journalism network and distribution platform aimed at strengthening the capacity of media to report systemically on populist, authoritarian and other illiberal trends in V4 and WB countries, thus contributing to public understanding of these trends and their consequences.


Specific Objectives

  • Create a networking and granting scheme for journalists from the V4 and WB regions.
  • Set up a journalistic network that will enable them to explore populist and authoritarian phenomena in depth, locally or through cross-border collaboration, and to communicate their findings to as wide a section of the public as possible through multiple channels.


Main Activities

RD Launch Event – Reporting Democracy Conference in Budapest

Around 100 journalists, academics and activists gathered for the May 31 Reporting Democracy Conference, held to mark the launch of the initiative.

  • Correspondents’ Network:

For the project, BIRN has recruited one correspondent/coordinator in each V4 country: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. This model is based on BIRN’s experience and lessons learned from developing the network in the Balkans. It ensures a consistent local media presence and helps guarantee the visibility, quality and relevance of journalistic production.

Correspondents/coordinators are accomplished early-to-mid-career journalists engaged on a part-time basis, delivering articles in various genres – interview, analysis, feature, multimedia, et cetera. Articles are published by BIRN on a special page created for this project. They are made available for republication by the ERSTE Foundation and are offered for syndication to media partners in the V4, Balkans and beyond. (BIRN has over 100 established media partnerships in the WB region and internationally.)

BIRN will later expand the network from the core group of journalists.

  • Story grants:

Three open calls are planned for journalists interested in reporting on illiberal tendencies and becoming members of the network.

Reporting Democracy offers a limited number of reporting grants to journalists in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe to pursue in-depth features or investigations on issues affecting democracy in Visegrad Four countries and the Balkans.

Grants are available for individual journalists or teams with ideas for in-depth features or investigations with a substantial cross-border element.

  • Annual round-up report and public debate:

The editorial team will prepare an annual round-up report marking key trends, actors and events in the targeted countries. The annual round-up will give a comparative overview of key trends and developments throughout the targeted countries, all related to illiberal tendencies, and serve as a basis for cross-regional debate. The debate will feature advisory board members, project partners and journalists that have participated in the programme in the past year.

Target Groups

Journalists, media professionals, editors, the expert community.

Main Implementer

BIRN

Highlights

Opening Conference in Budapest

Mapping Digital Freedom Violations

BIRN Hub

The project aims to provide accurate information about digital threats, monitor changes, raise awareness and issue policy recommendations.

Summary

In cooperation with the SHARE Foundation, BIRN will determine who the key players are when it comes to disinformation and propaganda in Southern and Eastern Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia) through establishment of a Digital Monitoring database, continuous monitoring of digital threats and reporting on digital freedom violations.


Donor

Civitates


Main Objective

  • Monitoring

Organisation of training to boost the skills of 15 people who will conduct online monitoring of violations of digital rights and freedoms  (1 – 3 months).

The creation of comprehensive/result-oriented methodology and procedures for monitoring will be created, ensuring a successful monitoring process (3 – 5 months).

The newly-trained monitors will monitor the biggest violations of digital rights in Southern and Eastern Europe (6 – 18 months).

  • Design and Creation of Digital Monitoring Database (2 – 6 months).

The Digital Monitoring database will contain cases of violations of digital rights and freedoms, with descriptions of cases and corresponding sources. Monitors will map digital threats, identifying trends and assessing whether there are legal consequences to the threats. The database will be part of the broader BIRN Investigative Resource Desk, which is an online resource platform for investigative journalists.

  • Publishing (1 – 18 months)

One cross-regional report will be published, using the collected data to identify trends in digital violations and freedoms. Five regional investigative stories will be produced by BIRN journalists on digital rights and information warfare in a regional context.

  • Promotion Event (18 months)

The project envisages organisation of an event for the promotion of the cross-regional report, and an open debate where representatives of regional stakeholders will participate.


Specific Objectives

A key goal is to use the experience of producing the monitoring database, along with SHARE Foundation’s standardised rules for categorising violations of digital rights and freedoms, in other countries. This will be useful to target groups for emphasising the importance of the use of technology to highlight social issues, especially in countries and regions without a good human rights record.

Finally, the initiative aims to inform broader society about real digital threats and the ways in which digital rights can be violated, contributing to the overall fight against disinformation.

Target Groups

The project will target the general public in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.


Main Implementer

BIRN


Highlights

BIRN and SHARE Join Efforts to Counter Digital Freedom Violations

Outputs:

  • 15 monitors trained to track and report on digital freedom violations in the targeted countries
  • 1 digital database created and launched
  • 1 cross-regional report produced and published
  • 5 investigations produced and published

1 closing event for the presentation of the cross-regional report and overall project impact

Partners

BIRN and SHARE Join Efforts to Counter Digital Freedom Violations

Outputs:

  • 15 monitors trained to track and report on digital freedom violations in the targeted countries
  • 1 digital database created and launched
  • 1 cross-regional report produced and published
  • 5 investigations produced and published

1 closing event for the presentation of the cross-regional report and overall project impact

Advocating Transparency in Kosovo’s Judicial System

BIRN Kosovo

In close cooperation with JSSP, BIRN Kosovo and Levizja FOL aim to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability at all levels of the judicial system. This will be achieved through various activities, including montioring of courts, publishing of inforgrapics, articles, and reports on the courts’ performance, as well as organizing roundtables, TV shows, and designing PSAs.

Summary

In close cooperation with JSSP, BIRN Kosovo and Levizja FOL aim to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability at all levels of the judicial system. This will be achieved through various activities, including montioring of courts, publishing of inforgrapics, articles, and reports on the courts’ performance, as well as organizing roundtables, TV shows, and designing PSAs.

Information Sheet

Donor:

USAID’s JSSP Program (Justice System Strengthening Program)

Main Objective:

This project aims to strengthen the judicial system by promoting transparency, accountability, and efficiency.  Through the activities presented below, we aim to effectively achieve the objectives determined by JSSP.

Specific Objectives: 

  1. Judiciary’s compliance with key transparency and accountability commitments monitored and promoted;
  2. An empowered and informed society with regards to the courts’ operating activities, challenges, competences, and limitations, and an increased level of public trust in the integrity of judicial institutions;
  3. An increased level of civic participation and engagement in promoting transparency and accountability within the judicial system;
  4. An increased level of court spokespersons’ reporting skills with regards to the publication of final court decisions;
  5. An increased efficiency level of the judiciary system to better solve the high-profile cases related to crime and terrorism.

Main Activities:

  1. Monitor the publication of court decisions in Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC) web portal
  2. Publish 3 analytic articles and 14 infographics, accompanied with 14 short articles, in KALLXO.com and Levizja FOL’s platforms about the progress in publishing court decisions and case solving statistics
  3. Publish a final report per cycle on the progress of publishing of court decisions in a multi-stakeholder roundtables with the purpose of generating public discussion
  4. Announce “The Most Transparent Court” at the end of each cycle
  5. Monitor the disciplinary complaints filed against judges and the subsequent decisions of KJC and publish a 9-month report
  6. Monitor and report on the number of final decisions of parallel courts that have been validated
  7. BIRN Kosovo will broadcast 3 TV shows tackling issues related to this project, and design and broadcast an informative PSA on the publication of court judgments

Target Groups:

Relevant actors in the judiciary system, media, and society in general.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

Levizja FOL (SPEAK Movement)

Kosovo Society Dialogue: Town Hall Debate Series

BIRN Kosovo

During the 2018 United Nations Trust-Building Forum, held from 6 to 8 May in Ljubljana, Slovenia, more than 120 participants representing a broad cross section of Kosovo society, including civil society, media, youth leaders and municipal leadership from both majority and non-majority communities, met to exchange perspectives on building trust for a more peaceful and inclusive society

Summary

During the 2018 United Nations Trust-Building Forum, held from 6 to 8 May in Ljubljana, Slovenia, more than 120 participants representing a broad cross section of Kosovo society, including civil society, media, youth leaders and municipal leadership from both majority and non-majority communities, met to exchange perspectives on building trust for a more peaceful and inclusive society. Participants shared their experiences on how to resolve issues of common concern and their ideas for workable and practical solutions to issues affecting their lives. The experience of the Forum highlighted the value and need for similar exchanges that bring together diverse views in a solution-oriented manner.

Providing opportunities for increased solution-oriented journalism in Kosovo is an important means for advancing this aim as it focuses on rigorous coverage of responses and potential solutions to problems. It is not about just endorsing a specific solution, but rather about the reporting of potential strengths and responses to problems alongside the problems themselves – not only looking at what has happened but also at ways to improve the future.

Information Sheet

Donor:

UNMIK

Main Objective:

One of the project objectives is to have strong engagement of youth as audience members and discussants in the panels. A key premise of the project is that the future cannot be shaped or discussed without active youth participation.

Specific Objectives: 

Town Hall discussions have been designed to address the following objectives:

  1. To amplify the voice, the people, men and women from a diverse cross-section of Kosovo society, and to provide an opportunity for their constructive engagement in shaping and influencing discussions and decisions of critical importance to their future;
  2. To bring nuance to the issues that directly impact the lives of people through in-depth discussions and dialogue;
  3. To stimulate dialogue and encourage members of different communities to challenge and overcome narratives and stereotypes and to build greater trust;
  4. To broaden and to bring greater transparency and inclusion to current political discussions so that the voice and views of all communities are reflected.
  5. To highlight existing solutions, areas of strength and lessons learned that can empower change-makers to contribute to the progress of the society towards reconciliation and lasting peace.

Main Activities:

Output 1: Dialogue among communities across Kosovo is encouraged and facilitated through the organisation of the Town Hall debates:

Activity 1: Conduct research and mobilise resources

Activity 2: Conduct pre-production preparatory works for the Town Hall Debates

Activity 3: Informing the audience on the upcoming themes for Town Hall Debates

Activity 4: Production and Post-production of Vox Pops

Activity 5: Production of Town Hall Debates

Output 2: Dialogue among communities is promoted across Kosovo

Activity 1: Post-production and broadcasting

Activity 2: Promotion of the debates through social media channels

Target Groups:

The target audience of these debates are the people of Kosovo, along with institutions and the international community who benefit from hearing the problems of various communities, and the solutions that they offer based on their own lived experiences.

Highlights:

The Town Hall debate series use a more advanced format compared to the aforementioned debates, bringing people from all communities with diverse demographics to participate more actively in a society-wide inclusive and informed dialogue about their future, and on various topics that directly affect their lives and Kosovo’s path towards reconciliation and sustainable peace.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda

BIRN Kosovo

The project intends to reach its aim by creating a partnership based on ‘Triangle Model Advocacy’ by utilizing skills and expertise of think-tanks, grassroots organizations, and media, in advocating on crucial energy and environmental issues in Kosovo.

Summary

The project intends to reach its aim by creating a partnership based on ‘Triangle Model Advocacy’ by utilizing skills and expertise of think-tanks, grassroots organizations, and media, in advocating on crucial energy and environmental issues in Kosovo.

Information Sheet

Donor:

European Union Office in Kosovo

Main Objective:

The main objective of this project is to foster proactive participation of civil society in Kosovo, in policy and decision making, on energy efficiency, environment, and its impact on health, in order to bring environmental policies closer to the EU acquis.

Specific Objectives: 

  • Specific Objective 1: To enhance CSOs’ and local media capacities to promote energy efficiency, renewables, health, and environmental policies;
  • Specific Objective 2: To strengthen the partnership and dialogue between CSOs, media, and public institutions in the energy sector through public discussions and combined efforts in addressing citizens’ needs;
  • Specific Objective 3: To raise citizens’ awareness, particularly among school-children, on the importance and benefits of healthy choices in energy, food, renewables, and environmental protection.

Main Activities:

  1. Capacity building of at least 50 local CSOs/citizen groups, with a special focus on advocating for energy efficiency and environmental provisions throughout Kosovo
  2. Organize two workshops with 30 journalists that focus on improving knowledge and reporting on energy efficiency, health benefits of renewables and good environment, who will publish 30 stories on local and national level media
  3. Establish and award 6 journalistic prizes in two years on best stories on energy efficiency, environment and health effects of the environment.
  4. Organize two annual ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAYS (EED)
    • Two energy themed conferences
    • One regional conference
    • One international conference
    • Two youth mobilization activities,
    • Publication of two position papers on energy efficiency, environment & health
    • Two media campaigns that include televised debates at national & local level and articles that highlight findings of policy papers produced as a result of this project.
    • Four dialogue meetings with about 200 high school & university students overall on the promotion of best energy efficiency/environmental practice.
  5. Monitoring the compliance of national and secondary legislation with Energy Community Treaty requirements and EU Acquis (Chapter 15, 27)
  6. Advocacy activities/regular meetings with public officials (Parliamentary Committees, Ministries, municipalities & regulatory bodies);
  7. Journalistic reporting and analysis on energy/environmental issues resulting in about 50 articles, analysis & TV programmes;
  8. One documentary on energy/environmental/health issues broadcast on TV and promoted widely through social media.
  9. Environmental education in 20 primary schools on these topics.

Target Groups:

  • Civil Society Organizations – 50 local CSOs for Capacity Building Trainings, including minority organizations
  • Youth – 20 primary schools for the Project’s environmental education program; 250 youth volunteers engaged in environmental education programmes
  • 200 high school and university students
  • Media – 30 journalists for the Project’s workshops, and journalists overall
  • Local and national authorities, legislators, policymakers
  • Western Balkans CSO and media
  • Wide public

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

CEE Bankwatch Network, Environmentally Responsible Action Group (ERA), Independent TV Network (Mreza)

Institutional Support

BIRN Kosovo

Enhancing public participation in decision making processes by improving accountability and transparency of public institutions in Kosovo.

Information Sheet

Summary:

BIRN Kosovo aims to provide momentum to the consolidation of democracy in Kosovo, by fostering an environment of transparency and accountability as the cornerstones of sustainability. In this regard, we seek to utilize professional, balanced, and objective information through media channels, thus helping reduce barriers to internal stability and keeping the powerful accountable. BIRN Kosovo also utilizes an established arm of monitoring public institutions, and regularly reporting on their work. This includes encouraging public debate, in which transparency is sought from public officials who are held to account for their performance. BIRN team produces regular news stories, investigations, analysis and debate shows for TV broadcast. The team also publishes online news and analysis, feature stories and investigations. In this regard, we also publish and broadcast reports that result from the monitoring of the courts, judicial system, public procurement and public services

Donor:

MOTT Foundation

Main Objective:

Enhancing public participation in decision making processes by improving accountability and transparency of public institutions in Kosovo.

Specific Objective:

Combining hard-hitting journalism and civil activism to encourage people to be informed and engaged in this critical period of Kosovo’s history

Main Activities:

Investigative Reporting

  • Production of the televised programme, Life in Kosovo; on current affairs;
  • Production of the weekly televized programme, Justice in Kosovo;
  • Publication of Prishtina Insight and Balkan Insight
  • Gazeta Jeta në Kosovë newspaper
  • Training and on-the-job training;
  • Monitoring of public services, public administration and public procurement;
  • Publications and Roundtables;
  • Media element: Publications and Broadcasting;
  • Cooperation with other organizations and local NGOs to follow all  significant cases and send complaints for the ill practices in the public services to all relevant institutions.

Target Groups:

The groups that BIRN targets through its activities are mainly political representatives and public service institutions with a focus on courts, health and education structures, under-represented communities, local and regional civil society organizations and media institutions.

Specifically, the beneficiaries include: the audience of about 350,000 who watch the TV programs produced by BIRN Kosovo (Life in Kosovo and Justice in Kosovo); judges and prosecutors who will be getting detailed reporting on the monitoring of their trials, analyzing their work and recommending areas for improvement; journalists, monitors, researchers and civil society activists who participate in BIRN workshops envisaged to take place within two years time; over 26 Kosovo municipalities which will have their court, education and healthcare services monitored; approximately 1,000 speakers, interviewees and panellists from businesses, the political sphere, culture, health, etc., communities who will participate in BIRN Kosovo programs yearly, namely policy makers, political representatives, civil society activists and marginalized social and ethnic groups including women, youth, ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, religious minorities, and disabled persons; about 70 speakers and panellists representing more than 30 local civil society organizations; local politicians and the local population that participate and watch BIRN Kosovo local governance and election TV debates; the international community living in Kosovo and the region, who read Prishtina Insight and Balkan Insight content produced by BIRN Kosovo in cooperation with BIRN regional office.

Highlights:

2,100 written articles covering issues of public administration, public procurement, and public services related to municipal debates organized during the electoral campaign, covering different promises and public statements delivered by public officials, also covering issues of public services and management of public funds 364 articles with fast facts published on a general overview of the situation in the municipalities and local governance of Kosovo

79 long articles published related to the Brussels-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

Local partnerships:

  1. Radio Television of Kosova;
  2. Internews Kosova;
  3. Crossing Bridges Productions;
  4. Institute for Advanced Studies, GAP;
  5. Advocacy Training and Recourse Centre;
  6. Kosova Democratic Institute, KDI;
  7. Fol 08 Civic Initiative;
  8. Media Center in Gracanica;
  9. TV Opinioni (Prizren);
  10. TV Syri (Gjakova);
  11. TV Vali (Gjilan);
  12. TV Dukagjini (Peja);
  13. Radio FushëKosova;
  14. Radio Gorazhdevac;
  15. Nansen Dialogue Mitrovica;
  16. Initiative for Progress, NGO (Ferizaj);
  17. Caritas (Mitrovica);
  18. Syri i Vizionit (Peja);
  19. Community Building Mitrovica, CBM;
  20. Forum for Civic Initiative;
  21. Kosovar Institute for Journalism and Communication;
  22. Institute for Advanced Studies – GAP;
  23. Group for Legal and Political Studies, GLPS;
  24. Dokufest;
  25. Institute for Development Policy – INDEP;
  26. Iniciativa Ambientale për Zhvillim Lokal – IAZHL;

Regional partnerships

  1. Youth Initiative for Human Rights;
  2. B92 Television;
  3. BIRN Albania;
  4. BIRN Serbia;
  5. BIRN Macedonia;
  6. BIRN Bosnia and Hercegovina;
  7. TV Aldi, Presheve.

International cooperation and partnerships

  1. National Institute for Democracy, NDI;
  2. Global Radio News;
  3. Jane’s Defence Weekly;
  4. Investigative Journalism School;
  5. International Debate Association;
  6. Columbia School of Journalism;
  7. Safer World;
  8. Dart Foundation;
  9. Frontline Club;
  10. Youth Project of the World Bank;
  11. Balkan Sunflowers;
  12. BBC Training Centre.

Monitoring and Reporting on Kosovo’s Public Services and Public Spending

BIRN Kosovo

Monitoring and reporting on Kosovo’s public services, public spending and public Administration, civic oversight of the Kosovo-Serbia Agreement implementation.

Information Sheet
Main Objective:

Monitoring and reporting on Kosovo’s public services, public spending and public Administration, civic oversight of the Kosovo-Serbia Agreement implementation.

Specific Objective:

  • Supporting transparency, accountability, and functionality of the system for public services in Kosovo with specific focus on courts;
  • Increasing accessibility of media and the civil society to decision-making processes regarding courts, public services, public administration, and public procurement;
  • Improving transparency and accountability of public procurement and tender awarding processes at the local and central level, namely municipalities and the ministerial level;
  • Encouraging transparency, accountability, and meritocracy in the public administration process with the special aim of fighting nepotism and party clientism within the public administration;
  • Providing valuable qualitative and quantitative data and reports to all stakeholders regarding the rule of law institutions, public services, public administration and public spending;
  • Reduce Kosovo’s barriers towards EU integration by disseminating data and reporting on the results from the monitoring process;
  • Increasing transparency and accountability of the Kosovo-Serbia Agreement implementation through establishing an effective mechanism for civil oversight over the process.

Main Activities:

  • Publishing written articles of issues on public administration, public procurement, and public services from the municipal debates during elections;
  • Publishing articles with fast facts on the general situation in Kosovo’s municipalities and local governance;
  • Publishing long articles regarding the Brussels dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia;

Target Groups:

  • Public institutions;
  • Media Outlets;
  • Civil Society.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Highlights

2,100 written articles covering issues of public administration, public procurement, and public services related to municipal debates organized during the electoral campaign, covering different promises and public statements delivered by public officials, also covering issues of public services and management of public funds 364 articles with fast facts published on a general overview of the situation in the municipalities and local governance of Kosovo

79 long articles published related to the Brussels-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

Civil Society Advocates: Through Partnership Towards Democratic Development in Serbia

BIRN Serbia
The project aims to strengthen a participatory culture in Serbia and empower civil society groups to get people more involved in advocacy work.

Summary

The project is designed to address the lack of capacities in civil society organizations, CSOs, to undertake successful advocacy efforts, their lack of cooperation with public authorities at all levels, and citizens’ lack of motivation to join and trust CSO advocacy actions.

Donor: USAID

Information Sheet

Main Objective

By building skills, encouraging citizens’ engagement and improving advocacy programs, the project hopes to contribute to the strengthening of a democratic society.

Specific Objectives

The initiative is intended to support CSOs in Serbia to test, evaluate and scale their advocacy initiatives in a more strategic way.

Main Activities

Capacity Boost for Advocacy

Mapping, stakeholder and needs analysis

Advocacy training programs for CSOs

CSOs’ Advocacy Actions

Re–granting scheme

Support to local advocacy initiatives

National advocacy initiative toward participatory environment for CSOs

Web Platform for Advanced Reflection and Learning

Development and maintaining of the web Platform

Help Desk–Advocacy Clinic

Communication and Community Outreach

Local and social media outreach and branding and marking activities

Annual Advocacy Award

Target Groups

  • Local CSOs implementing advocacy initiatives;
  • Citizens

Highlights

Report on CSOs’ needs, policy environment possibilities in implementation of innovative advocacy practices;

  1. Delivered capacity building programs and raised level of knowledge and skills;
  2. At least 50 CSOs in Serbia directly involved in capacity building program;
  3. Advocated recommendations for participatory environment for CSOs in decision making;
  4. Produced set of recommendations on innovative advocacy approaches but tailored on community needs;
  5. Created web Platform for advanced reflection and learning;
  6. At least 15 case studies of successful advocacy campaign produced;
  7. 3 successful advocacy initiative awarded

Main implementer

Belgrade Open School (BOS)

Partners

Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) – database update

BIRN Serbia
BIRN Serbia is conducting media ownership monitoring for the second time in order to reveal relevant trends in ownership concentration, enabling the public to make more educated choices as media consumers.

Summary

BIRN Serbia is conducting media ownership monitoring for the second time in Serbia in order to reveal relevant trends in ownership concentration, enabling the public to make more educated choices as media consumers. Ideally, greater awareness will result in regulatory countermeasures in the medium term.

Donor: Reporters Without Borders Germany

Information Sheet

Main Objective

The overall objective is to foster freedom of information and media pluralism while defending the diversity of opinions through differentiated media ownership.

Specific Objectives

The Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) is a standardised instrument for research and publication, creating and enhancing transparency of national mass media ownership. Ownership shares of media outlets and the respective market shares of their products can be used as indicators of media pluralism in each target country.

Collecting data and updating and classifying them is critical for raising political awareness of this problem, initiating debate and eventually establishing a legal framework to enhance control of media concentration.

The results of MOM can help strengthen the media literacy of all citizens; their user behaviour is changed when they know – or at least can know – who is behind a TV or radio station, a newspaper or internet portal.

Main Activities

Conducting media ownership monitoring in Serbia

Target Groups

  • Legislature (media and anti-trust law, concentration control);
  • Professional public (media journalists, media studies and research, trade and professional associations, civil society actors);
  • Media owners;
  • Any media user, general public

Highlights

Web site will be updated with monitoring results

Fact-Checking for Accountable Media

BIRN Kosovo

Through this project, BIRN Kosovo wants to contribute to educating local media on the standards of fact-checking in order to develop their capacities to use the standards in their daily work.

Summary

Through this project, BIRN Kosovo wants to raise awareness among local media on International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) standards, improve skills of journalists and students of journalism on the verification of facts and contribute to increasing the accountability of politicians, state officials and local media, through the measurement of truth using our fact-checking tool, Krypometer.

Information Sheet

Donor:

KCSF – Kosovo Civil Society Foundation

Main Objective:

To contribute to educating local media on the standards of fact-checking in order to develop their capacities to use the standards in their daily work.

Specific Objective:

Specific Objective 1: Contribute to identifying inaccurate media reporting and public statements;

Specific Objective 2: Raising capacities of local media, journalists, and students of journalism on IFCN standards;

Specific Objective 3: Promotion of standards for fact-verification in televised reports.

Main Activities:

  • Activity 1: Publication of Verification of Facts
  • Activity 2: Training for local media on Verification of Facts
  • Activity 3: Training with journalists from mainstream media
  • Activity 4: One 2-day training course for students of journalism on Verification of Facts
  • Activity 5: Televised documentary on false statements by public officials

Target Groups:

Local media, including TV and radio in municipalities across Kosovo. Through this project, BIRN Kosovo aspires to particularly benefit students of journalism. In addition, through  reporting on BIRN Kosovo’s media platforms, the project strives to educate the public on the importance of accurate news, and specifically, the accuracy and accountability of public officials and political representatives.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo