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.
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A court has acquitted five defendants accused of staging a hate campaign in the media against BIRN director Jeta Xharra.
About a dozen journalists and representatives of civil society organisations that treat health issues on June 12 in Skopje discussed priority concerns and problems in this field in Macedonia.
About 20 NGO representatives and journalists on June 7 discussed priority issues, problems and challenges in the field of inter-ethnic relations in Macedonia.
BIRN Macedonia in partnership with the Center for Civil Communications brought together journalists, NGO representatives and artists to talk about Macedonian cultural policy on June 4.
Several dozen representatives of NGOs and journalists debated priority issues in the field of education and youth on May 30 in Skopje.
The human rights situation in Macedonia was the topic of the fifth debate organized on May 28 by BIRN Macedonia in partnership with Center for Civil Communications in Skopje.
Economists from Kosovo and Serbia debate the future of the disputed Trepca mine complex, in the new episode of the TV debate series “Tema”, produced by Internews Kosovo and BIRN.
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