BIRN Launches Database of Mass Graves from Yugoslav Wars

‘Bitter Land’ is an interactive database of mass graves that aims to demonstrate the scale of the atrocities, ethnic cleansing and operations to cover up war crimes during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN on June 3 launched the first comprehensive, interactive database of mass graves from the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia, giving an unprecedented insight into the largest operations to cover up war crimes in Europe since World War II.

The Bitter Land database provides information in three languages (English, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Albanian) on the location of mass graves from the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo, including the number of victims identified after exhumations, archive reports and images, plus details of related court cases, witness testimonies and other resources.

It is being launched ahead of the final verdict on June 8 in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, who stands accused of bearing responsibility for some of the crimes that led to mass graves being dug during the Bosnian conflict.

BIRN’s aim is to present factual data in order to help counter the continuing selective denial of crimes and historical revisionism about the 1990s wars.

“One of the main focuses was to create a source of fact-based information and data on one of the biggest systematic cover-ups of war crimes in recent history,” said Nejra Mulaomerovic, who created the project with BIRN’s regional director, Marija Ristic.

“The database also represents an effort to foster the memorialisation process by providing a significant number of resources and using new technologies to capture current state of these sites,” she added.

The database highlights the lack of strategic memorialisation efforts by providing drone videos and photographs of the current condition of the locations, and in some cases 3D models of the sites, many of which are neglected an unmarked, with no signs indicating that they were wartime crime scenes.

The database is designed for use by journalists, researchers, students, civil society organisations and, most importantly, for the families of war victims with limited resources to access court records, archives and information related to clandestine graves in the region.

At the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, BIRN visited and documented more than 60 mass grave locations.

Most of the gravesites in the database are in unmarked fields, illegal garbage pits, next to public roads or on the property of private companies. In some cases, the sites were hidden as new housing was built around them.

Initial research for the launch of the database was based on the 42 largest mass graves in the former Yugoslavia that yielded more than 100 bodies. In the second phase of research, BIRN will map graves that contained between 50 and 100 bodies, while the third phase will map the remaining sites.

The biggest mass grave in the region was in Serbia, at a police training centre in the Belgrade neighbourhood of Batajnica, where 744 bodies of Kosovo Albanians were found.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the biggest gravesites were discovered around the towns of Zvornik, Srebrenica and Prijedor, where the bodies of Bosniak civilians were buried. One of the biggest gravesites in Croatia was discovered near Ovcara farm, near the town of Vukovar, where 200 bodies were found.

More than 130,000 people lost their lives as a consequence of the wars in the former Yugoslavia and 40,000 went missing. So far remains of around 28,000 people have been found in more than 1,500 clandestine gravesites, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina alone, around 1,000 gravesites have been uncovered.

As sources for the database, BIRN used forensic reports from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, court testimony statements and archive satellite footage, as well as documents, research papers, testimonies and news archive footage from different sources.

BIRN also cross-referenced data from the ICTY, the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other organisations that were involved in the process of exhuming and identifying the victims.

The database provides a wide-ranging insight into the killings and subsequent cover-up operations – many of which remain unpunished, more than two decades later.

For more information, see the Bitter Land site.

Museum Curator/Advisor (part-time)

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network – BIRN Hub, is opening a call for the following part-time position: Museum Curator/Advisor (part-time) – with more than 5 years of relevant experience.

We are offering the chance to work in a highly interactive and dynamic environment at one of the biggest media and NGO networks in the region.

We are looking for a knowledgeable, diligent Curator to help us expand and display our collection for a new museum in Sarajevo. The Curator will collect artefacts and pieces and record information about the collection, and work with colleagues and other staff members to create meaningful displays.

The curator will be responsible for developing a permanent exhibition for the museum that aims to explain the history of the break-up of Yugoslavia through the narrative of journalists, and for developing a strong and compelling narrative based on the museum’s collection of historical and cultural artefacts.

Location: Sarajevo 

Position – Museum Curator/Advisor 

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and coordinating the conceptual development, preparation and delivery of a permanent exhibition in close cooperation with the architects and design team. The position is for a fixed period of time during the project development. Duration and working hours are subject to agreement between the successful candidate and BIRN.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and organise new collections
  • Create and maintain master exhibition design and schedule; select or create exhibits from both loaned items and permanent collections; prepare and hang exhibits (including interpretive materials); coordinate and manage logistics related to the installation of the exhibits and the return of loaned items
  • Work closely with architects and the design team in the implementation of the exhibition
  • Maintain records and catalogue acquisitions
  • Collaborate with other cultural and partner institutions and individuals
  • Research, compile and prepare written information about catalogues and publish it on the institution’s website
  • Ensure collections are properly preserved

Key requirements:

  • University degree in art history, museum studies, art studies, social science or a related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum practices and working with museum collections and proven ability in processing, preservation and digitisation of artefact collections
  • Well organised, able to prioritise, goal-oriented, multi-tasker
  • Skilled communicator and manager with excellent design instincts
  • Exceptional research and verbal and written communication skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of museum collections
  • Ability to be proactive and take the initiative
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to accuracy and detail
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English


Please submit a detailed CV and cover letter with two references, responding to the points raised in the job specifications, with clear indication of which position are you applying for, not later than May 15th, to Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selected candidate should start work as soon as possible.

BIRN Hub is a nongovernmental organisation, part of the Regional BIRN Network, working on in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while the Network is editorially also present in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. More information at

BIRN encourages applicants of all gender identities, and offers an equal chance to all interested persons, without any prejudice based on any grounds.

Open Calls for BIRN’s Reporters’ House

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, is looking for skilled individuals and companies to work on the development of its new museum and community space in Sarajevo.

BIRN is advertising three positions, offering exciting opportunities to get involved in this unique new initiative.

Under the working name ‘Reporters’ House’, the museum and community space will be the first regional museum in the Balkans that tells the comprehensive story of the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the wars that erupted as the unified state collapsed.

The museum space will offer a compelling, fact-based narrative but will not simply serve as a heritage venue of wartime history. We aim to create a contemporary, inviting, creative, inspiring and memorable place providing space for discussion, learning and growth.

We want to celebrate the journalists, photographers and media workers who courageously reported the war and its aftermath, exposing atrocities and serious human rights abuses while maintaining the highest professional standards despite the deadly risks they faced.

We want to highlight the untold or forgotten stories of solidarity, bravery and humanity in times of war, and to preserve the memory of the journalists who lost their lives in the Yugoslav wars. We also want to remember the darker moments for our profession, looking at how media were used for propaganda purposes, instigating hatred and division.

Many of the challenges that journalists faced during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia have enduring lessons for media coverage of wars. At the same time, contemporary journalism faces issues of propaganda and disinformation that have been amplified by the online environment and social media.

This is why we also want Reporters’ House to serve as a community space for journalists to gather and discuss the critical issues facing the societies of South-East and Central Europe, exchanging ideas with experts from outside the region about the development of quality journalism and investigative reporting and the role of media in conflict and conflict prevention.

The space is located in Sarajevo, and will be renovated ahead of the planned opening in Spring 2022.

The opening date is symbolic as it will mark 30 years since the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo and the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw the largest number of media workers killed in Europe since World War II.

Sarajevo is also home to the regional office of BIRN, the first structured network of journalists from the former Yugoslavia who got together to report about the key issues that countries in the region were facing in the wake of the wars that accompanied the break-up of the country in which they were born.

The opening of the ‘Reporters House’ will also serve to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our regional Balkan Transitional Justice programme, a platform that ensures a regular, up-to-date flow of information about transitional justice issues in the region through our dedicated network of correspondents in all the countries of the former Yugoslavia and our contributors from other media outlets, civil society organisations, governmental institutions, academia, the cultural sphere and elsewhere.

Over the past ten years, we have reported from all the war crime trials that have been held domestically and internationally, we have revealed human rights abuses and help to locate war crimes suspects, and we have inspired and supported other journalists to report and collaborate on reporting projects about conflict-related topics.

We have also brought together various different interest groups to exchange views on transitional justice policies, and most importantly we have given a voice to thousands of war victims to tell their stories and demand justice. With the Reporters’ House in Sarajevo, we intend to take this work to another level and ensure that the issues and debates raised by the Yugoslav wars have a positive impact on the region’s future development.

We are now advertising three positions:

  1. Curator (Temporary); Deadline: May 15th
  2. Architect: Interior Museum Design; Deadline: May 25th
  3. Coordinator (Full-time); Deadline: May 15th

Programme Coordinator

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network – BIRN Hub, is opening a call for the following position: Programme Coordinator – with more than 2 years of relevant experience.

We are offering the chance to work in a highly interactive and dynamic environment at one of the biggest media and NGO networks in the region. Due to the fast and continuing growth of our network and the implementation of various projects, we are looking for a hardworking, dedicated, motivated professional to join our ever-growing team.

Location: Sarajevo

Position – Programme Coordinator

The selected candidate will be responsible for the coordinating and supervising activities in an exhibition/museum space and overall activities in the framework of the Balkan Transitional Justice Programme implemented by BIRN. The Programme Coordinator will work with other programme managers, staff and contract providers in the conceptual development, preparation and delivery of projects and exhibitions.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Being responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing BIRN project activities and ensuring these activities are delivered on time, within the agreed budget and to the highest standards
  • Working collaboratively with the programme teams to maximise productivity
  • Collaborating with various project teams, contributing to the entire project lifecycle
  • Coordinating efforts within the team and with outside consultants efficiently
  • Planning, scheduling and coordination of internal and external service providers engaged in all phases of an exhibition’s conceptual development and physical delivery
  • Acting as first point of contact for the museum staff and other daily activities within the museum
  • Leading and managing exhibition project assignments, including timely and cost-effective project contributions from internal staff and external contract service providers who do not directly report to this position
  • Initiating and developing new museum programmes, including outreach activities
  • Ensuring project compliance with applicable internal museum operating procedures and policies
  • Organising and monitoring schedules and ensuring that deadlines are met
  • Typing, compiling and preparing reports, presentations and correspondence
  • Managing databases and filing systems
  • Organising and implementing training courses and other events for the staff of the network and outside audiences
  • Coordinating with colleagues in Finance, Development and Human Resources units to fulfill various institutional initiatives and grant obligations
  • Maintaining and developing relations with donors, and carrying out other reasonably requested administrative and operational duties
  • Assisting in other duties related to logistics, as required

Key requirements:

  • University degree in social science, political science, international relations, law or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cultural institutions’ practices
  • Well organised, able to prioritise, goal-oriented, multi-tasker
  • Strong understanding of project- and programme-based planning and monitoring
  • Strong knowledge of transitional justice processes, including but not limited to the international human rights system, truth and reconciliation, reparations and memorialisation
  • Strong understanding of production of cultural events
  • Ability to collect and analyse information, with the aim to provide recommendations, and guidance
  • Ability to travel all over South-East Europe and interact with colleagues from different countries and backgrounds
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Experience in organisation of events (training courses, conferences, missions)
  • Skilled and experienced in communication with donors, partners and other counterparts
  • The ability to be proactive and take the initiative
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to accuracy and detail
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to function professionally and effectively with co-workers and supervisors
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and at least one of the regional languages 


Please submit a detailed CV and cover letter with two references, responding to the points raised in the job specifications, with clear indication of which position are you applying for, not later than May 15th, to Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selected candidate should start work as soon as possible.

BIRN Hub is a nongovernmental organisation, a part of the Regional BIRN Network, working on in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while the Network is editorially also present in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. More information at

BIRN encourages applicants of all gender identities, and offers an equal chance to all interested persons, without any prejudice based on any grounds.

BIRN Bosnia Journalist Awarded for Balkan Cossack Army Report

Bosnian winner of prize for reporting on issues of regional dialogue and cohesion praised for tackling topical issue of foreign influences on Balkans.

Mladen Obrenovic, a journalist with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN BiH, has won an award for his article on the Balkan Cossack army.

The journalistic awards were given at an online ceremony during a regional conference of the Dialogue for the Future, DFF: Fostering Dialogue and Social Cohesion in, and between, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia.

This year the jury consisted of three members, Kristina Ljevak from Bosnia, Lidija Vujacic from Montenegro and Galeb Nikacevic from Serbia.

Vujacic, an anthropology professor at the University of Montenegro, said Obrenovic had explored a topical issue from the political and ideological, and broader cultural, aspect, with his feature about foreign influences and their effects.

“Under Cossack Banner, Russian Ties with Balkan Fighters Strengthened” followed a group of pro-Russian Cossacks who call themselves an army and gather veterans of the wars in Bosnia and the eastern Ukraine in Balkan countries.

Obrenovic investigated the operations of this group in the Balkans, whose central organization in Russia  has the Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary chair.

Obrenovic said that he worked on this story for three months, adding it was a very demanding in some areas as it involved “a very deep digging through numerous secrets and many things whose actors did not want to see discovered”.

“Now, I somehow see this as an award for my work so far,” Obrenovic said.

The journalistic award for Serbia was given to Una Sabljakovic, whose story was the on institutional invisibility of women victims of sexual violence during the past wars, who, having experienced the traumas of war, have faced secondary intimidation and stigmatization during the subsequent time of peace.

Svetlana Djokic, the award winner for Montenegro, wrote her story about the transnational problem of organised crime with a focus on trafficking in human beings.

“Dialogue for the Future, DFF: Fostering Dialogue and Social Cohesion in, and between, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia,” is a joint regional programme implemented by the UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO with the support of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

The initiative was launched in Bosnia in 2014 following discussions between the UN Secretary General and the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2015, at the Brdo-Brijuni Summit in Budva, Montenegro, the leaders of the region recognised the project and encouraged its expansion to Southeast Europe.

The joint DFF regional programme contributes to the realization of Agenda 2030 and particularly to the realization of four goals listed among the sustainable development goals; quality education; gender equality; sustainable citizens and communit and peace, justice and strong institutions.

The programme aims to offer support on the collective identification of issues affecting all citizens in the region and contributing to improved interaction and cooperation between groups.

Journalists Selected for BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme

The winning applications have been selected for BIRN’s first digital rights oriented programme – which aims to explore the effects of digitalisation processes and the challenges facing digital rights.

Twelve journalists from Albania, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Romania, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Turkey have been selected to participate in BIRN’s first Digital Rights Programme for Journalists, covering concerns over digital rights trends in Southeastern and Central Europe.

The programme awards bursaries to individuals and teams of journalists who will explore topics such as censorship on social platforms, the effect of online video games on dominant narratives, digital political interference, cyber violence against women, 5g infrastructures, surveillance and algorithmic decision-making processes.

For the duration of the course, the journalists will be provided with comprehensive editorial and writing skills training, and be given a chance to meet some of the most important European CSOs working on their topics of interest. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the whole programme will be held online.

The digital rights programme focuses on the continuous monitoring of digital rights violations in eight countries, the production of compiling content and cross-sectorial networking.

By combining strengthening accurate reporting with promotion of basic human rights standards and an understanding of the fast-evolving technology, the programme strives to contribute to a healthier digital ecosystem for everyone.

The Digital Rights Programme development is supported by Civitates, Sida, ERSTE Foundation and by European Artificial Intelligence Fund.

Ivana Drakic Brkan

Based in Sarajevo, Ivana assists with implementation of BIRN Hub’s programmes and provides day-to-day management of the monitoring and evaluation activities related to them, including working with programme staff, external consultants, implementing partners and key stakeholders.

Previously, Ivana worked for more than 10 years in the NGO sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. She managed different programmes and projects throughout the entire business cycle, from project planning and writing, implementation of activities to reporting to different donors. She managed several regional projects, and is also proficient in research and
monitoring activities, social media and financial management of projects.

Ivana is a political scientist, and graduated from the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. During her undergraduate studies, she spent one year studying in the USA on a USAID/World Learning exchange program. She is currently enrolled in a Master studies at the Faculty of
Economy in Podgorica. Besides speaking BHS languages, she is fluent in English, and knows Spanish and French.

BIRN and IPI Launch Call for Applications for the Second Two-Day Training Course on Fact-Checking and Tackling Disinformation

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the International Press Institute (IPI) have opened the Call for Applications for the second two-day training course on fact-checking and tackling disinformation as part of the EU-funded project, “Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists”.

The first edition held on December 2020 gathered a total of 36 participants for the training, including 24 journalists and six students of journalism, 20 of whom were women. Training was led by Stephane M. Grueso, from, and five trainers from Teyit, including Kansu Ekin Tanca, Gülin Çavuş, Öyküm Hüma Keskin and Emre İlkan Saklıca.

As the only media organisation in Kosovo certified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), BIRN has again teamed up with the IPI, an EU-based global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, to help improve standards in Kosovo journalism.

The IPI will be bringing two experienced media professionals to administer the training course and share their knowledge and experience with Kosovo journalists, as well as students of journalism and social sciences.

Trainers include Carina van Wyk, head of education and training at Africa Check, Africa’s first independent fact-checking organization, and Eoghan Sweeney, an open-source investigation specialist and trainer who over the past decade has helped to establish and develop digital verification and fact-checking operations at media organisations across the globe.

More information on the trainers can be found through their bios available to download below.

Based on our joint experience, BIRN and the IPI are convinced that the two-day course will help the next generation of Kosovo journalists to tackle disinformation and fake news, and conduct reporting that meets international fact-checking standards.

Who can apply?

Final-year journalism and social sciences students, recent graduates, and young and professional journalists from Kosovo may apply for the course.

Candidates from all parts of the country are encouraged to apply. However, the number of participants is limited and we will give priority to younger journalists with less experience in the described field.

A minimum of 30 and a maximum of 40 participants will be selected.

How to apply?

All applications should be submitted in Albanian, Serbian, or English before midnight Central European Time on March 21 to along with the following documents:

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Work sample
  • Motivation letter

Applicants who do not have any published work can submit their student assignments from practical courses in journalism. The letter of motivation should include information outlining the applicant’s pre-existing level of knowledge on the topic of fake news. It should not exceed 400 words.


The training will be held in English. However, translation in Albanian and Serbian will be provided.

COVID-19 restrictions:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, as well as relevant health recommendations, the training will be delivered online through Zoom.

Deadline for applications: March 21, 2021, at Midnight Central European Time

Date of the training course: March 24-25, 2021

Call for applications: Download here

Trainers’ bios: Download here


Participants will receive certificates at the end of the training.

One further two-day training course on tackling disinformation, featuring international experts, will be held as part of the same project. Therefore, any applicants not selected this time around will have another opportunity to participate in the coming months.


BIRN i IPI otvaraju poziv za prijave za drugi dvodnevni kurs obuke o proveri činjenica i borbi protiv dezinformacija

BIRN i Međunarodni institut za štampu (IPI) su otvorili poziv za prijavljivanje za drugi dvodnevni kurs obuke o proveri činjenica i borbi protiv dezinformacija u okviru projekta koji finansira EU pod nazivom „Učvršćivanje pozicija sadašnjih i budućih novinara na Kosovu“ .

Prvi krug je održan u decembru 2020. godine i okupio je ukupno 36 učesnika koji su bili deo obuke, uključujući 24 novinara i šest studenata novinarstva, od kojih su 20 bile žene. Obuku su vodili Stephane M. Grueso iz i pet trenera iz Teyit , uključujući Kansu Ekin Tanca, Gülin Çavuş, Öyküm Hüma Keskin i Emre İlkan Saklıca.

Kao jedina medijska organizacija na Kosovu koju je sertifikovala Međunarodna mreža za proveru činjenica (IFCN), BIRN se ponovo udružio sa IPI, globalnom mrežom urednika, rukovodilaca medija i vodećih novinara u EU, kako bi se pomoglo u poboljšanju standarda u novinarstvu na Kosovu.

IPI će dovesti dva iskusna medijska stručnjaka da vode kurs obuke i podele svoje znanje i iskustvo sa kosovskim novinarima, kao i studentima novinarstva i društvenih nauka.

Treneri su Carina van Wyk, šefica za obrazovanje i obuku u Africa Check, prva nezavisna organizacija za proveru činjenica u Africi i Eoghan Sweeney, specijalista za istrage otvorenog koda i trener koji je tokom protekle decenije pomogao u uspostavljanju i razvoju operacija digitalne verifikacije i provere činjenica u medijskim organizacijama širom sveta.

Više informacija o trenerima možete naći u njihovoj biografiji, koja je dostupna za preuzimanje ispod.

Na osnovu našeg zajedničkog iskustva, BIRN i IPI su uvereni da će ovaj dvodnevni kurs obuke pomoći sledećoj generaciji kosovskih novinara da se uhvate u koštac sa dezinformacijama, bore protiv lažnih vesti i izveštavaju na način koji ispunjava međunarodne standarde za proveru činjenica.

Ko se može prijaviti?

Za kurs se mogu prijaviti studenti na poslednjoj godini studija novinarstva i društvenih nauka, nedavno diplomirani studenti i mladi i profesionalni novinari sa Kosova.

Kandidati iz svih delova zemlje se podstiču da se prijave. Međutim, broj učesnika je ograničen i prednost će biti data mlađim novinarima sa manje iskustva u opisanoj oblasti.

Biće izabrano najmanje 30, a najviše 40 učesnika.

Kako se prijaviti?

Sve prijave treba podneti na albanskom, srpskom ili engleskom jeziku pre 21. marta u ponoć po srednjoevropskom vremenu na zajedno sa sledećim dokumentima:

  • CV podnosioca prijave
  • Primer njihovog rada
  • Motivaciono pismo

Kandidati koji nemaju objavljen rad mogu da predaju svoje studentske zadatke sa praktičnih predmeta iz novinarstva. Motivaciono pismo treba da uključuje informacije u kojima se navodi nivo poznavanja teme lažnih vesti od strane podnosioca prijave i ne treba da bude duže od 400 reči.


Obuka će biti održana na engleskom jeziku. Međutim, biće obezbeđen prevod na albanski i srpski jezik.

Ograničenja zbog COVID-19:

Zbog ograničenja COVID-19, kao i relevantnih zdravstvenih preporuka, obuka će biti održana onlajn, na Zoom-u.

Rok za prijavljivanje: 21. mart 2021. u ponoć po srednjeevropskom vremenu

Datum održavanja obuke: 24-25 mart 2021.

Poziv za prijavu: Preuzmite ovde

Biografije trenera: Preuzmite ovde


Na kraju obuke polaznicima će biti uručeni sertifikati.

U okviru istog projekta će biti održan još jedan dvodnevni kurs o borbi protiv dezinformacija na kojem će učestvovati međunarodni stručnjaci. Stoga, svi podnosioci prijava koji ne budu izabrani ovog puta imaju još jednu priliku da učestvuju u narednim mesecima.

BIRN dhe IPI lansojnë Thirrjen për Aplikim për trainimin e dytë dyditor për kontrollimin e fakteve dhe trajtimin e dezinformimit

BIRN dhe Instituti Ndërkombëtar i Shtypit (IPI) e kanë hapur ftesën për Aplikime për kursin e dytë trajnues dy-ditor mbi kontrollimin e fakteve dhe trajtimin e dezinformatave si pjesë e projektit të financuar nga BE me titull “Solidifikimi i Qëndrueshmërisë së Gazetarëve aktualë dhe të ardhshëm të Kosovës“.

Edicioni i parë i mbajtur në dhjetor të vitit 2020 mblodhi një total prej 36 pjesëmarrësish si pjesë e trajnimit, duke përfshirë 24 gazetarë dhe gjashtë studentë të gazetarisë, 20 prej të cilëve ishin gra. Trajnimet u udhëhoqen nga Stephane M. Grueso nga dhe pesë trajnerë të Teyit përfshirë Kansu Ekin Tanca, Gülin Çavuş, Öyküm Hüma Keskin dhe Emre İlkan Saklıca

Si e vetmja organizatë mediatike në Kosovë e çertifikuar nga Rrjeti Ndërkombëtar i Kontrollit të Fakteve (IFCN), BIRN përsëri është bërë bashkë me IPI, një rrjet global i redaktorëve, drejtuesve të mediave dhe gazetarëve kryesorë me qendër në BE, në mënyrë që të ndihmojë në përmirësimin e standardeve në Gazetarinë kosovare.

IPI do të sjellë dy profesionistë me përvojë mediale për të administruar kursin e trajnimit dhe për ti ndarë njohuritë dhe përvojën e tyre me gazetarët e Kosovës, si dhe studentët e gazetarisë dhe shkencave sociale.

Trajnerë do të jenë Carina van Wyk, udhëheqëse e arsimit dhe trajnimit në Africa Check, organizata e parë e pavarur e kontrollimit të fakteve në Afrikë, dhe Eoghan Sweeney, specialist dhe trainer hulumtues për burime të hapura i cili gjatë dekadës së fundit ka ndihmuar në krijimin dhe zhvillimin e verifikimit dixhital si dhe kontrollimit faktik të operacioneve në organizatat mediale në të gjithë globin.

Më shumë informacion në lidhje me trajnerët mund të gjenden përmes biografive të tyre në dispozicion të cilat mund të shkarkohen më poshtë.

Bazuar në përvojën tonë të përbashkët, BIRN dhe IPI janë të bindur se ky kurs trajnimi dy-ditor do ta ndihmojë gjeneratën e ardhshme të gazetarëve të Kosovës ta trajtojnë dezinformimin, ti luftojnë lajmet e rreme dhe të kryejnë raportime të cilat plotësojnë standardet ndërkombëtare të kontrollimit të fakteve.

Kush e ka të drejtën e aplikimit?

Të drejtën e aplikimit e kanë studentët të vitit të fundit të gazetarisë dhe shkencave sociale, të sapodiplomuarit, gazetarë të rinj dhe profesionistë nga Kosova.

Kandidatët nga të gjitha pjesët e Kosovës inkurajohen të aplikojnë. Sidoqoftë, numri i pjesëmarrësve është i kufizuar dhe ne do t’u japim prioritet gazetarëve të rinj me më pak përvojë në fushën e përshkruar.

Do të zgjidhen minimum 30 dhe maksimalisht 40 pjesëmarrës.

Si duhet aplikuar?

Të gjitha aplikacionet duhet të paraqiten në shqip, serbisht ose anglisht para 21 marsit sipas kohës lokale (mesnatë) së Evropës Qendrore tek së bashku me dokumentet e mëposhtme:

  • CV e Aplikuesit
  • Artikulli i botuar
  • Letër Motivimi

Aplikantët që nuk kanë ndonjë shkrim të botuar mund të paraqesin detyrat e tyre studentore nga kurset praktike në gazetari.

Letra e motivimit duhet të sigurojë informacion në lidhje me mendimin dhe njohuritë e aplikantëve mbi temën e lajmeve të rreme dhe nuk duhet të tejkalojë 400 fjalë.


Trajnimi do të mbahet në gjuhën angleze, megjithatë, do të sigurohet përkthimi në shqip, serbisht dhe anglisht.

Kufizimet COVID-19:

Për shkak të kufizimeve të COVID-19 në Kosovë, si dhe rekomandimeve përkatëse shëndetësore, trajnimi do të jepet në internet përmes platformës Zoom.

Afati i fundit për aplikim: Mars 21, 2021 sipas kohës lokale (Mesnatë) të Evropës Qendrore

Data e kursit të trajnimit: Mars 24-25, 2021

Thirrje për aplikim: Shkarkoni këtu

BIO-të e trajnerëve: Shkarkoni këtu


Pjesëmarrësit do të pajisen me çertifikata në fund të trajnimit.

Projekti synon të organizojë një trajnim shtesë dy-ditor në lidhje me temën e informacioneve të rreme me ekspertë të ndryshëm ndërkombëtarë si pjesë e projektit. Në këtë drejtim, aplikantët që nuk janë përzgjedhur do të kenë mundësinë të marrin pjesë në trajnim të ngjashëm përmes të njëjtit program gjatë muajve në vijim.


BIRN Kosovo Holds the Second Energy, Environment, Climate Change Competition

BIRN Kosovo, in partnership with TV Mreza, the ERA Group and Bankwatch, is announcing the second and final competition for the three best journalistic stories on the topics of energy efficiency, environmental protection, climate change and environmental impacts on human health, within the EU-funded project, “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”.

The author of the best story will receive 1,000 euros, the author of the second-placed story will receive 800 euros and the author of the story ranked third will receive 500 euros.

The stories can be television reports or print or online publications.

A professional jury composed of editors, journalists and practitioners will evaluate the stories based on a series of criteria, including:

  • Relevance of the story, and its impact on societal awareness of the environment;
  • Addressing the main challenges related to energy efficiency, environmental protection, climate change and environmental health impacts in Kosovo;
  • Credibility and comprehensiveness of the story; references to sources and the quality of the research;
  • Quality of visual presentation – photographs and illustrations used in the case of online and newspaper stories/the quality of images and creativity used in the case of TV and Web TV stories.

Eligible stories must have been published through media that are members of the Kosovo Press Council or the Independent Media Commission. Stories published by media outlets that are members of the Kosovo Press Council will be given priority.

Together with their story, applicants are encouraged to submit a brief description of the story and its impact since publication.

The stories must have been published between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Applications must be received by 23:59 on March 24, 2021, via the email:

All questions about the awards must be sent to the same email address by 23:59 on March 14, 2021.

Applicants can apply by submitting a brief description of the story and the impact after the story was published, attach the link of the story and submit it via e-mail address:

This competition is the second and final energy, environment, climate change competition organised within the “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda” project.

Incomplete applications or applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.

BIRN Kosovo održava drugi konkurs o energiji, životnoj sredini i klimatskim promenama

BIRN Kosovo, u partnerstvu sa TV Mrežom, ERA Group i Bankwatch-om, raspisuje drugi i poslednji konkurs za tri najbolje novinarske priče na temu energetske efikasnosti, zaštite životne sredine, klimatskih promena i uticaja životne sredine na zdravlje ljudi, u okviru projekta pod nazivom „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine” koji finansira EU.

Autor/ka priče koja bude nagrađena prvim mestom dobiće 1.000 evra, 800 evra za drugo i 500 evra za treće mesto.

Priče mogu biti televizijski prilozi ili štampane ili onlajn publikacije.

Profesionalni žiri sastavljen od urednika, novinara i drugih medijskih profesionalaca oceniće priče na osnovu sledećih kriterijuma:

  • Relevantnost priče i njen uticaj na društvenu svest o životnoj sredini;
  • Odgovor na glavne izazove u vezi sa energetskom efikasnošću, zaštitom životne sredine, klimatskim promenama i uticajem životne sredine na zdravlje na Kosovu;
  • Kredibilitet i sveobuhvatnost priče, pozivanje na izvore i kvalitet istraživanja;
  • Kvalitet vizuelne prezentacije: fotografije i ilustracije koje se koriste u slučaju onlajn i novinskih priča / Kvalitet i kreativnost primenjena u slučaju TV i onlajn TV priloga.

Priče podobne da učestvuju u konkursu moraju da su objavljene putem medija u članstvu Saveta za štampu Kosova ili Nezavisne komisije za medije. Prioritet će biti dat pričama objavljenim u kosovskim medijima u članstvu Saveta za štampu Kosova.

Podnosioci prijava se podstiču da, uz svoje priče, podnesu i kratak opis priče i uticaja koji je ista ostvarila po objavljivanju.

Priče moraju da su objavljene u periodu od 1. marta 2020. do 28. februara 2021.

Prijave se prihvataju do 23.59 časova 24. marta 2021. putem imejl adrese

Sva pitanja o nagradama moraju pristići na istu imejl adresu, najkasnije do 23.59 časova 14. marta 2021. godine.

Podnosioci prijava se mogu prijaviti tako što će pripremiti kratak opis priče i uticaja koji je priča imala po objavljivanju, priložiti link priče i sve to poslati na imejl adresu:

Ovo je drugi i poslednji konkurs na temu energije, zaštite životne sredine, klimatskih promena organizovan u okviru projekta pod nazivom „Evropeizacija kosovske agende za zaštitu životne sredine ”.

Nepotpune ili prijave pristigle nakon krajnjeg roka neće biti uzete u razmatranje.

BIRN Kosova shpall garën e dytë për tri storiet më të mira në efiçiencë të energjisë, mjedis dhe ndryshime klimatike

Rrjeti Ballkanik i Gazetarisë Hulumtuese, BIRN Kosova, në partneritet me TV Mreža, ERA Group dhe Bankwatch shpall konkursin e dytë dhe të fundit për tri storiet më të mira gazetareske të botuara në televizion, shtyp dhe online në temat e efiçiencës së energjisë, mbrotjes së mjedisit, ndryshimet klimatike dhe ndikimet e mjedisit në shëndetin e njeriut, brenda projektit “Europeanization of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”, të financuar nga Zyra e Bashkimit Europian në Kosovë.

Storia e parë do shpërblehet me 1,000 Euro, storia e dytë me 800 Euro dhe storia e tretë me 500 euro.

Një juri profesionale e përbërë nga redaktorë/gazetarë dhe profesionistë të fushës do t’i vlerësojë storiet duke u bazuar në disa kritere si:

  • Rëndësinë e stories dhe ndikimin e saj në shoqëri;
  • Adresimi i çështjeve të patrajtuara deri më tani në fushën e efiçiencës së energjisë, mbrojtjes së mjedisit, ndryshimet klimatike dhe ndikimet e mjedisit në shëndetin e njeriut;
  • Gjithëpërfshirja, burimet e nevojshme dhe cilësia e hulumtimit;
  • Në storiet online dhe gazetë do të vlerësohet edhe cilësia e fotografisë dhe ilustrimeve të përdorura/Në storiet TV ose Web TV do vlerësohet edhe kualiteti i figurës dhe kreativiteti në realizimin e stories.

Kush mund të aplikojë?

Të gjitha storiet e publikuara në mediume kosovare, ndërsa përparësi kanë storiet e publikuara në mediumet që janë anëtare të KMShK-së dhe KPM-së.

Aplikuesit inkurajohen që së bashku me storiet të dërgojnë edhe një përshkrim të shkurtë të stories dhe impaktit që e ka pasur storia pas publikimit.

Storiet duhet të jenë të publikuara në mes datave 1 Mars 2020 dhe 28 Shkurt 2021.

Të gjitha aplikacionet për Çmimin e Energjisë dhe Mjedisit në Kosovë do të pranohen deri më 24/03/2021, deri në 23:59, në e-mail adresën:

Çdo pyetje që ka të bëjë me Çmimin për Energji dhe Mjedis mund të drejtohet në e-mail adresën e përmendur më lart, deri më 14/03/2021 në 23:59.

Aplikuesit mund të aplikojnë duke dhënë një përshkrim të shkurtë të stories, dhe impaktit që ka pasur storia pas publikimit të saj, t`ia bashkëngjisin linkun e stories dhe ta dërgojnë në email-adresën:

Gara për Çmimin për Energji dhe Mjedis është e dyta dhe e fundit që do të organizohet brenda projektit “Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda”.

Aplikimet jo të plota ose aplikimet e dërguara pas afatit kohor nuk do të merren në konsideratë.

Open Call for Stories from Montenegro

Do you have an idea for a big story in the public interest? Do you want to explore topics relevant for Montenegro and the EU integration process? Do you want to conduct your story to the highest standards, with training and a quality editorial mentoring from the country and the region that let you explore your subject in depth? Would you like your story to be published in the region, translated into English and to reach wider public?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, now is the time to submit your ideas for investigative articles in the public interest related to the EU integration process. The candidates with the best proposals will undergo a training, which will be held in Montenegro at the end of April 2021.

The training will be followed by a selection process. Three candidates with the best ideas, journalistic skills and knowledge will implement their investigative projects, with a close supervision and mentoring of the editorial team from the country and the region.

After completion of the investigation, all stories will be published at the websites of CIN-CG and BIRN, as well as in a special bilingual publication and e-book.

All journalists from Montenegro who have interest and experience in investigative journalism are eligible to apply. Apart from the training, mentoring and editorial support, the selected applicants will receive € 1,000 bursary for their stories (reduced by approximately 9% tax).

Applications should be submitted by March 26th, 2021 to: and to The application form is available online HERE.

Should you have any additional questions, please send them to: or