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 Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Albania organised a roundtable on October 21st in Tirana, bringing together journalists with civil society organisations working in the field of education.
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina will hold the US premiere of its latest documentary, ‘Missing You’, on Thursday October 23 at Columbia University in New York.
The German government organization GIZ awarded Gazeta Jeta në Kosovë for investigative journalism about education.
The key conclusion from the debate in Belgrade on Tuesday was that the recently-published EU Progress Report on Serbia was not too hard on the Serbian government, but it does not mention many problems and some of the conclusions and recommendations are identical to the 2013 Progress Report.
BIRN’s documentary The Majority Starts Here was screened for the first time in the United States on Thursday, at Columbia University in New York.
Over 40 representatives of the media, non-governmental organisations and partners attended the official launch of BIRN Albania’s news website Reporter.al on October 3.
The biggest issue local media in Serbia are facing is a lack of knowledge about project financing and lack of budgetary transparency in allocating money to media outlets, two debates held by BIRN Serbia in Nis and Kragujevac heard. Media representatives said they hoped that some of the problems would be resolved by full implementation of new Media and Public Information Law.
Four men were sentenced to prison terms on September 18 for their role in a kidnapping of a woman in a case that BIRN Kosovo reported on even before Kosovo’s prosecutors did.
Money is a big driver in getting Kosovars to join Islamic militant groups such as an ISIS fighting in Syria and Iraq, Jeta Xharra, the director of BIRN Kosovo, told the Los Angeles Times recently.
The screening of BIRN’s road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here in Mitrovica was followed by a debate examining how transitional justice can address the grievances of the wartime past.