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.
Project financing is the way best way to distribute budget funds for the media – but the task will be a tough one, a BIRN conference on the New Media Economy heard in Belgrade on October 31.
An investigation by BIRN Editor Lawrence Marzouk and local journalists in Albania and Serbia has received widespread republications and praise in the Albanian press and broadcast media.
BIRN journalists Nektar Zogjani and Tinka Kurti were awarded the first prize for online investigative journalism about poverty by UNDP and the Journalists Association of Kosovo.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a call for investigative stories on October 23rd.
The call is part of the program ‘Exposing Corruption in Albania,’ supported by th Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA), the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Power Games, an unprecedented investigation into the murky world of energy deals in the Balkans, has been launched by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.
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.
BIRN Serbia held a public debate on the prospects of new models of budgetary financing for the media with NGO and media representatives in Novi Pazar, southwest Serbia.
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.