The Balkan Transitional Justice team held a two-day training and editorial meeting in Belgrade from January 12-13, supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The session was aimed at enhancing techniques for covering transitional justice issues and developing topics for upcoming cross-regional investigations. The investigations are part of BIRN’s Regional Reporting on Transitional Justice Issues programme. Over the next two years, the organisation's network of journalists will produce four major investigations on transitional justice issues in the region.
The meeting brought together journalists and other team members from six countries, including BIRN’s reporters, translators, television editor and radio producer. The team also discussed project activities for the forthcoming two years and held a development session intended to boost investigative reporting skills and further improve coverage of transitional justice issues.
Journalists examined strategies for employing social media and online content to enhance and promote investigative work, as well as innovative ways of presenting investigations in multimedia formats to deepen readers' understanding and gain a wider audience.
The Balkan Transitional Justice journalists were joined at the meeting by the Balkan Insight team of correspondents and editors for a series of joint cross-regional editorial discussions.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist and editor, John Ullmann, was the key trainer at BIRN’s investigative journalism training session in Berovo, eastern Macedonia, at the weekend.
BIRN Serbia and Pro Concept held their fifth national budget forum at the National Assembly in Belgrade on 27 November, where panelists and participants offered their opinions and debated the proposed 2014 budget and the projected outcomes of the Serbian administration’s budgetary policy.
Journalists received bespoke investigative training as they prepared major cross-border stories into crime and corruption in the Balkans.
BIRN’s “Life in Kosovo” has been recognized for reporting on women in a TV programme.
Bardh Shkreli, a journalist for BIRN Kosovo, has won a third-place award in November from the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ and the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo for education reporting.
Romania’s national journalistic competition Superscrieri has given awards to Elena Stancu and Vlad Odobescu, both fellows this year of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
Eight journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIH, Croatia, and Serbia participated in a weeklong study visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in October. The Tribunal's Outreach Programme organised the visit in cooperation with BIRN BiH.
BIRN Macedonia announces a call for journalists for an upcoming training session for investigative journalists.
Participants in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will meet for their final seminar and awards ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia from December 11-14.