Matthew Collin, a British editor, journalist and author with over 20 years of experience in print, television, radio and online media, has joined Balkan Transitional Justice team as its English-language editor-in-chief.
“I am thrilled to be joining this team of talented people dedicated to producing high-quality journalism in a fascinating region that continues to face critical challenges. I am looking forward to working with BIRN as it continues to develop the kind of reporting that can have a genuine impact,” said Collin.
Collin has worked for international companies like the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse as a foreign correspondent as well as for several smaller independent media outlets. He has significant experience of reporting and editing material about conflicts and post-conflict situations after working in the former Soviet Union for six years.
He has also been the editor of The Big Issue, the Time Out website and i-D magazine, and has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer and The Wall Street Journal. His books include This is Serbia Calling and The Time of the Rebels.
Balkan Transitional Justice is a regional programme aimed at increasing general public understanding of transitional justice issues in former Yugoslav countries and improving professional journalistic standards in the Balkans.
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.