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31 October 14 project-financing-of-media-a-challenge-birn-debate

Project Financing of Media ‘a Challenge’ - BIRN Debate

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.

29 October 14 albanian-press-praises-birn-expose-on-corruption

Albanian Press Praises BIRN Expose on Corruption

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.

28 October 14 birn-journalists-wins-undp-award-for-journalism-tackling-poverty

BIRN Journalists Wins UNDP Award for Journalism Tackling Poverty

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. 

24 October 14 birn-albania-launches-call-for-investigative-reports-on-education

BIRN Albania Launches Call for Investigative Reports on Education

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).

23 October 14 new-webpage-unmasks-balkans-energy-sector

New Webpage Unmasks Balkans Energy Sector

Power Games, an unprecedented investigation into the murky world of energy deals in the Balkans, has been launched by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

22 October 14 birn-albania-holds-roundtable-on-education

BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Education

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.

21 October 14 birn-s-missing-persons-film-gets-us-premiere

BIRN’s missing persons film gets US premiere

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.

20 October 14 birn-kosovo-awarded-for-investigative-journalism

BIRN Kosovo Awarded for Investigative Journalism

The German government organization GIZ awarded Gazeta Jeta në Kosovë for investigative journalism about education.

20 October 14 birn-serbia-debates-project-financing

BIRN Serbia Debates Project Financing

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.

16 October 14 birn-serbia-holds-debate-on-eu-progress-report

BIRN Serbia holds debate on EU Progress Report

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.

16 October 14 birn-film-premieres-in-new-york-and-washington

BIRN Documentary Gets US Premiere in New York

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.

8 October 14 birn-albania-launches-reporter-al-news-site

BIRN Albania Launches Reporter.al News Site

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.

6 October 14 birn-serbia-holds-debates-on-media-financing

BIRN Serbia holds debates on media financing

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.  

30 September 14 prison-terms-bring-close-to-kidnapping-case

Prison Terms Bring Close to Kidnapping Case

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.

18 September 14 money-luring-kosovars-to-fight-in-syria-and-iraq-xharra-said

Money Luring Kosovars to Fight in Syria and Iraq, Xharra Said

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.

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