BIRN Kosovo Starts New Training Program for High School Students

On June 15, BIRN Kosovo held a training session with students from the Shaban Hashani high school in Ferizaj, as part of the Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists project

The session was the first held in BIRN Kosovo’s new training program for students at Kosovo’s state-run high schools who are interested in gaining experience in media production, media literacy and tackling fake news.

The program aims to nurture young talent by mentoring students in the production of videos, photos and articles. By engaging Kosovo’s citizens at this young age, it is hoped that the next generation of journalists will go on to increase the independence of the media and the transparency and accountability of public institutions, as well as enhance civic engagement.

In the first session which took place in the municipality of Ferizaj, a total of 19 students participated, 15 of whom were women.

At the end of the training session, the youngsters pitched their journalistic ideas. These pitches will be collected and thoroughly analysed by the BIRN team, who will then select the best stories for publication on the online platform KallxoRinia (Kallxo Youth), the production of which will be overseen by a team of BIRN Kosovo editors.

In the upcoming months, BIRN will hold another nine training sessions at social studies departments in public high schools across Kosovo.

 

BIRN Investigation of Fugitive Montenegrin Ex-President’s Son Wins Award

BIRN’s investigation into the controversial business of Milos Marovic, son of Montenegrin fugitive ex-president Svetozar Marovic, was among the winning reports in this year’s EU Awards for Investigative Journalism, given for stories published in 2020 in Montenegro.

BIRN’s investigation, ‘Son of Fugitive Ex-President Builds Raspberry Fortune in Serbia’, revealing how Serbia serves as a ‘safe haven’ for the family of the fugitive Montenegrin former politician Svetozar Marovic, was awarded third place in the EU Awards for Investigative Journalism at a ceremony on June 15 in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica.

The investigative report, produced by BIRN’s Sasa Dragojlo from Serbia, Marko Vesovic of Dan in Montenegro and Vladimir Otasevic from Montenegrin investigative media Lupa, was published in December 2020 and republished by a number of local and international media outlets. It showed that since fleeing a prison sentence in Montenegro in 2016, Marovic’s son Milos has built up agricultural land holdings in Serbia worth more than a million euros.

After the investigation was published, the Montenegrin authorities renewed their call for Svetozar Marozic’s extradition.

Serbia, on the other hand, remained silent, and also rejected a BIRN freedom of information request on the progress of Montenegro’s attempt to extradite Svetozar Marovic, saying its laws oblige it to “maintain confidentiality” about the case.

Commenting on the award, Dragojlo said that investigative journalism should be used to confront “the mighty and privileged and their damaging or corrupt actions”.

“That often looks like a Sisyphean task, but awards like this are a sign that not everything is in vain, and that shining a light on the dubious deeds of the elites are beneficial for the whole of society,” he said.

“I want to thank the colleagues I worked with for their commitment and encourage other journalists to cooperate more as transnational teams, since for a long time there have been no borders nor boundaries for the crooked,” he added.

First prize went to journalists Biljana Matijasevic and Alisa Hajdarpasic for their story ‘Portonovi is Owned by the Daughter of the President of Azerbaijan’, published by Centre for Investigative Journalism in Montenegro.

Second prize was awarded to Svetlana Djokic of TV Vijesti for the series ‘Way of Revenge’, while Dejan Milovac from MANS received a special award for research for the investigation ‘Dossier Carevic: All the President’s People’.

The EU Awards for Investigative Journalism in Montenegro is part of an ongoing EU-funded project entitled Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey, implemented by BIRN Hub in partnership with Thomson Media gGmbH (TM), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Broadcast Union (EBU), Central European University (CEU CDMS), the Media Association of South-East Europe (MASE), the Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG), the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM), BIRN Albania and BIRN Serbia.

The aim of the project is to empower and support independent journalism and investigative journalists.

 

Deadline Extended for Applications for Traineeship Programme for Young Journalists from North Macedonia

The deadline for submission of applications for the four-month traineeship programme for students, recent graduates and young journalists from North Macedonia has been extended until June 21st, 2021, at midnight Central European Time.

If you are looking to kick off your career in journalism, but are struggling to find the right place to gain practical knowledge, our traineeship programme is what you need. The second round of the traineeship programme was launched after successfully completing a first cycle from November 2020 until February 2021, where 12 aspiring, young journalists spent four months working in professional newsrooms in the region, producing over 300 different news pieces. Some examples of their work may be seen here, here, here and here.

The programme, implemented within the Media for All project saw a great success as a number of participants were offered roles or temporary positions at different media after completing their traineeship.

Interns will have the chance to become full-time members of the newsroom for four months, attending editorial meetings, learning how to pitch ideas and chose relevant angle for a story, learning how to cover daily events and perform different kinds of interviews, working in the field, doing a live broadcast, writing analyses, feature stories, fact-checks and much more. Trainees will receive financial support to cover minimum living costs during those four months.

Due to the travel restrictions and health concerns caused by COVID-19, applicants will be placed in the outlet in their country of residence. Applicants may express their preferences as to which media outlet they would like to spend their traineeship with, but the organisers maintain the right to make the final decision about placement.

Who can apply?

Senior year journalism students, recent graduates or young journalists from North Macedonia may apply.

Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old.

Candidates from all parts of the country in question are encouraged to apply, as the project can provide funds for travel within one country, as well as accommodation costs.

Financial support:

All selected participants will receive financial support during their placement to cover minimum living costs.

In case candidates need to travel or relocate within the country during the course of the programme, travel and accommodation costs will also be covered by the organisers.

How to apply?

Applicants should complete and submit only one application. All applications should be submitted in English before June 21st, at midnight CET to ivana.drakic.brkan@birn.eu.com along with the following documents:

  • Applicant’s CV (in English)
  • Motivation letter (in English)
  • Work sample (in English or local language)
  • Evidence of status (in English or local language)

The motivation letter should show how you would benefit from this programme and your motivation to participate.

Applicants who do not have any published work can submit their student assignments from practical courses in journalism.

Applicants should provide evidence of their current status – whether they are students, recent graduates or working as journalists. This evidence includes, but are not limited to, confirmation of enrolment for the ongoing academic year OR diploma/degree certificate/confirmation of graduation issued in the last two years OR evidence of your current employment.

DURATION OF TRAINEESHIP: July 2021 – October 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 21st, 2021 CET

ONLINE TRAINING: Two weeks, July 2021

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Reporting Qualitative and Reliable Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 – Continuation

BIRN Kosovo

Fake news has vastly increased since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, has led to the panic of the citizens. Fake news and disinformation entered the cycle of the increased flow of information during the pandemic, which further perplex and obscure the collective action on the prevention of Covid-19. Therefore, through this project, Internews Kosova will continue to provide reliable information, improve the quality of authorities by keeping them accountable for their statements and raise awareness to the general audience regarding the facts related to the virus.

Summary:

It is with no doubt that the vast effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kosovo continue to hit each sphere of what composes our society. Firstly, the health sector is day-by-day experiencing lack of human and technological capacities in order to treat infected cases and diminish the further spread of the virus. Moreover, the confinement measures and travel restrictions are instigating an economic recession given that the country’s economy is heavily reliant on remittances and increased levels on unemployment. Additionally, because the security institutions have shifted their focus and forces on the implementation of COVID-19 regulations, the justice sector has created a fertile ground for criminal activities. Lastly, the education sector is also bearing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, given that students have been engaged on distanced-learning, which remains a global challenge.

Furthermore, with the spread of COVID-19, citizens continue to be more encouraged to stay up to date more frequently with news and information from the government of Kosovo, health institutions and other health organizations. Many media outlets misused this situation for profiting and began sharing false information, which unfortunately led to an increased panic amongst the population of Kosovo.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Internews Kosova, under the scope of the project granted by the Balkan Trust, titled “Reporting Qualitative and Reliable Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19”, implemented from April to July 2020, has continuously monitored the work of institutions on combating the virus, reported on violations of the measures implemented, and committed to identifying and reporting fake news circulated in the media and on social networking sites. This was done through the production and broadcasting of 32 live interviews with municipal mayors, doctors, health experts, representatives from the National Public Health Institute of Kosovo, production of 797 daily fact-checking updates and 6 in-depth articles regarding the Covid-19 situation in Kosovo. Internews Kosovo with its partner BIRN Kosovo continuously provided the public with reliable information and kept public officials accountable for their statement, while in the meantime raised the awareness of the general audience regarding facts related to the virus.

Therefore, Internews Kosova will continue its action by providing the public with reliable information, improving the quality of authorities by keeping them accountable for their statements, and by raising the awareness of the general audience regarding the facts related to the virus. Internews Kosova and BIRN Kosovo will ensure to achieve their goal by broadcasting thirty (30) live interviews with municipal mayors, doctors, health experts, representatives from the National Public Health Institute of Kosovo, relevant stake holders, patients who recovered from the virus, and patients currently being treated, publishing fact-checking updates, and by publishing five (5) in-depth articles from different doctors and relevant stakeholders.

 Donor:

Balkan Trust for Democracy

Main Objective:

The overall objective of the action is to increase reliable information, improve the quality of authorities by keeping them accountable for their statements and raise awareness to the general audience regarding the facts related to the virus. Through this action, Internews Kosova and BIRN Kosovo will target Kosovo citizens from all communities around the country, including the youth, middle-aged people and the elderly, public authorities and health institutions, among others.

Main Activities:

  1. Broadcast thirty (30) live interviews with municipal mayors, doctors, health experts, representatives from the National Public Health Institute of Kosovo, among other relevant stakeholders;
  2. Utilize a sub-section on KALXO.com regarding COVID-19 by publishing fact-checking daily updates, and
  3. Publish five (5) in-depth articles from different doctors on the tips to be taken during quarantine and in case of suspicious symptoms.

Target Groups:

  • Youth, young adults and middle-aged people;
  • Elderly;
  • Public authorities/institutions;
  • Health institutions;
  • Minority communities;
  • Press Council of Kosovo,
  • Independent Media Commission;
  • Association of Journalists of Kosovo.

Main implementer:

Internews Kosova

Partners:

BIRN Kosovo

Exposing malpractices of public institutions in Kosovo’s health sector

BIRN Kosovo

The project intends to address issues that have arisen with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, akin the limited capacity of hospitals, corruption growth and the spread of fake news. This will be achieved through identifying, fact-checking and reporting investments in the health sector, accurately reporting from the hospitals, monitoring and reporting on public and private laboratories and reporting of the wrongdoings in the overall health sector in Kosovo.

Summary:

Although Kosovo’s health sector has improved significantly in the last decade, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that there are still loads of challenges in the health sector in Kosovo. The number of new COVID-19 cases has been increasing day by day and the situation has not been stable in Kosovo ever since the beginning of the pandemic. A major concern besides the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Kosovo remain the high number of infected medical workers, high prices for PCR testing in private laboratories, high number of people in need for testing yet insufficient tests at the Kosovo National Institute for Public Health, amongst others. Since March 2020, Kosovo recorded the highest number of daily and active COVID-19 cases in November of 2020 [1]and has continued so until present date. Hospitals are reported on daily basis to be out of capacity and healthcare workers have been rapidly infected with the virus hence, pressuring Kosovo’s healthcare system.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has left space for corruption to grow. Since the beginning of the pandemic, corrupt practices have been seen in policymaking, overall governance, education and health sector, management of health funds and procurement practices.[2] Practices of corruption leave the most affected communities behind, i.e., the impoverished and vulnerable people who do not have full access to e.g., health and medical facilities and equipment. It is widely known that the major areas of corruption during the health crisis, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, include procurement, service delivery in the health sector, emergency funds and policymaking. [3]

Additionally, in the last ten months of COVID-19 pandemic, the media has been heavily invested in news and reports on the pandemic and being safe in a health crisis. Having consistent access to the latest information on COVID-19 on the internet is just as harmful as beneficial. That is, many media around the world, including Kosovo have used the opportunity to produce misinformation and fake news for their personal, financial interests. Not only is misinformation on a health crisis unethical and panicking but news on (traditional) remedies to cure the virus have even worsened the situation.[4]

Taking into consideration these issues, BIRN Kosovo, through this project, will address the above mentioned issues through fact-checking of investments in the health sector, accurately reporting from the hospitals, monitoring and reporting on public and private laboratories and reporting of the wrongdoings in the overall health sector in Kosovo.

Donor:

Balkan Trust for Democracy

Main Objective:

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to the development of a more accountable and transparent public health sector in Kosovo through monitoring, fact checking and reporting on developments related to the COVID-19 in the health sector.

Specific Objectives:

Specific objective 1: Accountable and transparent public health sector;

Specific objective 2: Increased reliable and accurate information, and

Specific objective 3: Responsive health and other state institutions.

Main Activities:

  1. Produce and broadcast ten (10) televised investigations on BIRN Kosovo’s programs;
  2. Draft and publish at least ten (10) articles yielding directly from the abovementioned televised investigations;
  3. Draft and submit at least ten (10) legal letters as a follow-up of the treated above mentioned cases to relevant institutions.

Target Groups:

  • Youth, young adults and middle-aged people;
  • Elderly;
  • Public authorities/institutions;
  • Health institutions;
  • Minority communities.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

N/A

[1] https://www.oecd.org/south-east-europe/COVID-19-Crisis-in-Kosovo.pdf

[2] https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/gpn-governance-Transparency_Accountability_and_Anti-Corruption_Service_Offer_for_COVID-19.pdf

[3] https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/gpn-governance-Transparency_Accountability_and_Anti-Corruption_Service_Offer_for_COVID-19.pdf

[4] https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01834-3

E-learning: Improve Teachers ‘Presenting and Speaking Skills During E – Learning Process’

BIRN Kosovo

Through this project, BIRN Kosovo intends to provide public speaking trainings, online assistance and technical support to teachers prior to e-learning unit filming thus, contributing to the development of the education sector in Kosovo regardless of the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary:

The spread of COVID-19 has interrupted schooling, which disturbs not only the life of pupils but many of their parents and teachers too. On March 11, 2020, the Ministry of Health decided to close all education institutions in Kosovo until March 27, among other preventive measures undertaken by the ministry against the pandemic. Consequently, given the lack of technological equipment possessed by schools in Kosovo and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology required to film, edit and publish online learning units, BIRN Kosovo and its partner Internews Kosova started voluntarily filming and edited teaching units for elementary school in March and April. Subsequently these lessons were then broadcast on public TV and archived online in the Ministry of Education and KALLXO website.

Sixteen (16) BIRN Kosovo and I/KS staff (including producers, camera operators, audio and lights operators, editors and graphic designers) started filming e-lesson teaching units.  Beginning on March 17, they successfully filmed and edited more than 1,800 e-learning units in Albanian, Serbian/Bosnian and Turkish in only five (5) weeks, collaborating with more than 200 teachers and assisted by more than thirty (30) volunteers. The lessons began broadcasting on March 23, 2020 on the public Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), in Albanian, Serbian/Bosnian and Turkish while our teams were involved in the production of Albanian language units primarily. Considering the pandemic continues, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said that it needs technical and human capacities to produce more learning units before the end of June 2020. Therefore, BIRN Kosovo and I/KS asked US Embassy for help in continuing to support the extra 1287 e-learning units, which were filmed, edited and broadcast during May and June 2020. A part of this work was also done pro-bono in support of the education of Kosovo pupils.

Given the worsened situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, as of the last week of July 2020, the Ministry of Education is preparing several scenarios including partial reopening of the schools in September, not reopening at all or closing and then reopening. In any given scenario, the Ministry will need to have e-lessons filmed from 1-9th grade for all the months that have not been filmed so far. Having filmed and broadcasted over 2000 lessons so far, the feedback that KALLXO team has received is also highly based on the necessity for assistance to the teaching staff in Kosovo.

The Ministry of Education has requested the KALLXO team to provide training on public speaking to Kosovo teachers as well as to provide online assistance and technical support to 25,000 teachers of Kosovo. Many teachers have claimed that they do not know how to use applications like Zoom, Google Meets, Google Classroom etc. The Ministry has requested KALLXO’s help to build manuals in Albanian on how to use these applications. The teachers of Kosovo have confessed that they have not been able to use these online tools to communicate with students as the Ministry or the municipal departments have not offered them this training ever before.

Considering the feedback received and lessons learnt during the March-June 2020 period, KALLXO will provide public speaking trainings to teachers prior to e-learning unit filming.

Donor:

The US Embassy in Kosovo

Main Objective:

The overall goal request for support is to provide Kosovo teachers with public speaking training and technical support on using online tools/platforms during the e-learning process for school year 2020-2021.

Main Activities:

  1. Training of fifty (50) teachers on public speaking and presenting in front of the camera;
  2. Advanced mentorship to teachers for issues identified during the e-learning process and mentorship to teachers provided, and
  3. Creating manuals in Albanian in how to use ZOOM, Google classroom, Google meet and establishing and maintaining a technical support help line to provide ad-hoc assistance to teachers during the e-learning process.

Target Groups:

  • Teachers of primary schools across Kosovo;
  • The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation;
  • 230,000 pupils around the country and their parents or guardians.

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

Internews Kosova, MESTI

Town Hall Solutions

BIRN Kosovo

The project intends to promote and strengthen accountability and transparency from governmental institutions by addressing political, economic and social issues through a collaborative engaging format, in which members of different communities come together and engage in dialogue with each other. Moreover, it aims to bring together Kosovo’s different communities together through intercommunity dialogue in order to support peace and stability in Kosovo.

Summary:

This project aims to identify and promote the common threads that bring Kosovo’s different communities together through intercommunity dialogue in order to support peace and stability in Kosovo. The project also aims at seeking accountability and transparency from governmental institutions by addressing political, economic and social issues through a collaborative engaging format, in which members of different communities come together and engage in dialogue with each other and with the panellists. In order to achieve this, UNMIK, in collaboration with the implementing partner Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Kosovo, seeks to produce a series of televised programmes titled “Town Hall Solutions”, thereby engaging different communities in dialogue on pressing issues faced by Kosovo inhabitants in their daily lives, and to promote shared solutions.

The proposal is in line with UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) which mandates UNMIK to “promote security, stability and respect for human rights through engagement with all communities in Kosovo”, including the equal engagement of women and men.

The project also aligns with United Nations Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security, promoting active and meaningful participation of women and youth on issues that have impact on decision making and prevention and resolution of conflict.

The proposed efforts are furthermore in line with priorities set out under the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) agenda, putting people at the centre and contribute to prevention of conflict, through providing a space for dialogue, cross community engagement and building trust.

Furthermore, several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) affecting the livelihood and future of the people in Kosovo, which requires close collaboration of all communities and special attention to the living conditions of the minorities and their access to services and resources (as further reinforced in recommendations of the United Nations Trust-Building Forum) will also be advanced through implementation of this project through various episodes of the debates (SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16).

Donor:

UNMIK

Main Objective:

The overall objective of the action is to bring together the wider community of journalists and media professionals, media outlets, civil society, young media talent and the public to increase awareness, recognition and support for professional journalism as a means of solidifying the foundations of a sustainable democracy in Kosovo.

Specific Objectives:

Specific objective 1: Develop incentives for increase in qualitative multi-ethnic reporting;

Specific objective 2: Increase the presence of non-political topics of mutual concern, such as artistic and cultural events and environmental issues in public media in all official languages, while simultaneously insisting upon professional (objective, impartial and unbiased) reporting;

Specific objective 3: Donors should consider media as a priority area, thus enabling joint coverage of issues of mutual concern;

Specific objective 4: Encourage the public broadcaster to continue having qualitative programs in the languages of the communities, thus increasing the access to information and exchanges between the communities and regional public broadcasters.

Specific objective 5: Strengthen partnership between youth-led initiatives and media actors in order to amplify the positive role of youth in building sustainable peace in their communities through building inter-ethnic trust, promotion of responsible citizenship and awareness-raising on diverse human-rights related issues;

Specific objective 6: Provide incentives for involvement of young people in awareness raising campaigns offline and online on societal issues, including as key actors in disseminating information;

Specific objective 7: Undertake efforts to provide media coverage and space for youth-led activities at the key public broadcaster and other media in order to raise the attention of local and central institutions to the problems that Kosovo youth face on a daily basis (education-related issues, bullying in schools, prevention of peer-to-peer violence, employment opportunities and socio-economic empowerment, air pollution, etc.) and empower youth by giving them a stronger voice in their communities.

Specific objective 8: To present women as leaders and role models and avoid portrayals that reinforce discriminatory and patriarchal attitudes and social norms about the role of women (especially before and after elections);

Specific objective 9: Include gender-related issues in the media and do more to reflect gender equality within reporting.

Main Activities:

Key activities of the project include producing five longform TV programmes (approximately 120 minutes each) on social, infrastructural, environmental, health and educational issues. Each programme will include the following segments:

  1. Multiethnic televised debates, connecting via video conferencing a large number of participants from across Kosovo communities with panellists consisting of authorities, civil society leaders and experts.
  2. Investigative reportages presenting a community which has come up with a solution to a problem in their community and explore whether the solution can be replicated in other communities.
  3. A series of ‘Community Heroes’ reportages, featuring Kosovo communities’ grassroots champions who have supported their communities during the challenging period of the pandemic.

Target Groups:

N/A

Main implementer:

BIRN Kosovo

Partners:

N/A

BIRN Summer School Offers Investigative Reporting Training on Croatia Coast

BIRN’s flagship Summer School of Investigative Reporting returns for the 11th time in August, offering journalists a unique opportunity to learn investigative skills from award-winning trainers and journalists.

The Summer School of Investigative Reporting, which will be held this year in Croatia’s picturesque coastal village of Mlini from August 23-30, will again put together top journalists and editors for a week-long training programme.

Due to the global pandemic, BIRN has changed its usual programme in order to ensure that health and safety measures are respected. This year’s hybrid programme will include both online and offline sessions.

This year, BIRN is teaming up with journalists and trainers from Lighthouse Reports, an award-winning non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands which leads complex transnational investigations blending traditional journalistic methods with emerging techniques like open source intelligence and specialisms like data science.

For the first time this summer, applicants will have the chance to choose one of four course themes: Arms, Surveillance, Agriculture and Waste. Part of the training programme will be focused on the three themes that attract most interest from the participants.

In the mornings, participants will have joint sessions in hands-on investigative journalism skills, such as open source techniques, financial forensics and data journalism.

In the afternoon sessions, participants will be divided into three groups, depending on the theme they are following. Each group will have its lead trainers and will work with them on specific investigations, covering their group’s topic, applying the skills and techniques acquired during the morning sessions. Specific ideas and story angles, as well as the materials needed, will be prepared prior to the Summer School and participants will receive them during a briefing on the first day.

Work on the investigations is expected to be finalised during the Summer School, with only minor final work to be left for afterwards. Journalists from other media outlets are encouraged to co-publish the investigations originate at the Summer School.

The agenda and a detailed list of trainers will be published in the coming weeks.

We are providing 30 full scholarships for selected participants. This will cover accommodation, meals, as well as transportation expenses of up to 150 euros. Apart from the training, editorial support and mentorship, BIRN will, through our Investigative Initiative Fund, provide participants with fees.

Eligible participants include journalists who have experience in investigative reporting and who have covered the course theme they have chosen. Journalists from the following countries are eligible to apply: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey.

Since the first Summer School in 2010, BIRN has trained more than 300 journalists from the Balkans and beyond, providing them with financial, editorial, mentorship and publication support. The participants, who are usually a mixture of experienced investigative journalists and those who have only a few years of experience in the field, are also provided with excellent opportunities for networking.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there is a possibility that some trainers will not be able to come to Croatia, so they will join us online via Zoom. BIRN also aims to undertake all the necessary preventive and protection measures and will inform the participants of COVID-19 related rules and procedures. In case the offline setting is not possible, school will most likely take place online.

The application procedure includes sending a completed application form and CV as well as a sample of your work.

Applications close on June 30.

Click here to apply.

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Call for Applications: Basic Journalism Training for High School Students

As part of the EU-supported “Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists” project, BIRN Kosovo is seeking students from Kosovo’s public high schools interested in undergoing training in media production, media literacy and tackling fake news.

There is currently a promising generation of high school students in Kosovo who have the talent, creative ideas and willingness to engage in investigative journalism, but the media lacks a specific platform to provide these students the chance to express their skills through writing and community reporting.

In order to capitalize on the interest in journalism among young people, and in an attempt to plug the gap in the education system, BIRN Kosovo will organize ten (10) training sessions for 200 high school students in a program that aims to nurture young talent by mentoring students in the production of videos, photos and articles in order to achieve the main goal of the activity which is to lay the path for increased independence, transparency, accountability and civic engagement.

The training sessions will introduce the students to journalism, including topics like journalistic language and concepts, reporting standards, photography tips, production materials for video content, video editing, investigative journalism, ethics and author’s rights.

At the end of each training session, youngsters from high schools across Kosovo will pitch their journalistic ideas, which the BIRN team will collect and thoroughly analyse before selecting a minimum of 60 video and article ideas that will be published on the online platform KallxoRinia. The production process for all of these articles will be overseen by a team of BIRN Kosovo editors.

Who can apply?

Students attending Social Studies departments at Kosovo’s public high schools of the regions such as: Prishtina, Mitrovica, Prizren, Gjilan, Gorazdveac within the Peja region, Gjakova, Ferizaj, Drenas, Malisheva and Rahovec.

The number of participants is limited in each training session due to restrictions preventing the spread of COVID-19. A maximum 20 participants per training will be selected.

How to apply?

Please fill in the form provided in the link below:

https://bit.ly/3unj0eL

Deadline for applications: 10:00 (C.E.T.) on June 10, 2021

Remarks:

Participants will be provided with certificates at the end of the training.

Thirrje për Aplikim: Trajnim Bazik në Gazetari për Studentët e Shkollave të Mesme

BIRN Kosova është në kërkim të nxënësve nga shkollat publike të Kosovës të interesuar për të qenë pjesë e trajnimit për prodhim medial dhe shkrim-lexim mediatik si dhe trajtimin e lajmeve të rreme si pjesë e projektit “Solidifikimi i Qëndrueshmërisë së Gazetarëve të Tanishëm dhe të Ardhshëm të Kosovës“, i cili mbështetet nga BE.

Aktualisht ekziston një gjeneratë premtuese e nxënësve të shkollave të mesme në Kosovë që kanë talent, ide krijuese dhe gatishmëri për t’u angazhuar në gazetari hulumtuese, mirëpo media nuk ka një platformë specifike për t’u siguruar këtyre studentëve mundësinë për të shprehur aftësitë e tyre përmes shkrimit dhe raportimit lokal.

Me qëllim që të përfitojnë nga interesimi i të rinjve në gazetari, dhe në një përpjekje për të plotësuar boshllëkun në sistemin arsimor, BIRN Kosova do të organizojë dhjetë (10) seanca trajnimi për 200 nxënës të shkollave të mesme në një program që synon të shtojë talentin e të rinjve duke mentoruar studentët në prodhimin e videove, fotove dhe artikujve në mënyrë që të arrihet qëllimi kryesor i aktivitetit që është vë bazat për rritjen e pavarësisë, transparencës, llogaridhënies dhe angazhimit qytetar.

Sesionet trajnuese do t’i njohin studentët me gazetarinë, duke përfshirë tema si gjuha dhe konceptet gazetareske, standardet e raportimit, këshillat e fotografisë, materialet e prodhimit për përmbajtjen e videos, redaktimi i videos, gazetaria hulumtuese, etika dhe të drejtat e autorit.

Në fund të çdo sesioni trajnimi, të rinjtë nga shkollat e mesme anembanë Kosovës do t’i paraqesin idetë e tyre gazetareske, të cilat ekipi i BIRN do t’i mbledhë dhe do t’i analizojë hollësisht para se ta bëjë përzgjedhjen e një minimumi prej 60 videosh dhe ide shkrimi që do të publikohen në platformën në internet KallxoRinia. Procesi i prodhimit për të gjithë këta artikuj do të mbikëqyret nga një ekip i redaktorëve të BIRN-it në Kosovë.

Kush mund të aplikojë?

Studentët të cilët janë në vijim të drejtimeve shoqërore në shkollat publike të Kosovës  në regjionet si: Prishtina, Mitrovica, Prizreni, Gjilani, Gorazdevci brenda regjionit të Pejës, Gjakova, Ferizaji, Drenasi, Malisheva dhe Rahoveci.

Numri i pjesëmarrësve është i kufizuar në çdo sesion trajnimi për shkak të kufizimeve me qëllim të parandalimit të përhapjes së COVID-19.  Do të zgjidhen maksimumi 20 pjesëmarrës për trajnim.

Si duhet aplikuar?

Ju lutem plotësojeni formularin e ofruar në vegzën si më poshtë: https://bit.ly/3unj0eL

 Afati i fundit për aplikim: 10 qershor 2021, ora 10:00 (sipas kohës lokale)

 Vërejtje:

Pjesëmarrësit do të pajisen me certifikata në fund të trajnimit.

Poziv za Prijave: Osnovna Novinarska Obuka za Srednjoškolce

Kao deo projekta koji podržava EU „Učvršćivanje pozicija sadašnjih i budućih novinara na Kosovu“, BIRN Kosovo poziva učenike kosovskih javnih srednjih škola zainteresovanih za obuku iz medijske produkcije, medijske pismenosti i borbe protiv lažnih vesti.

Trenutno na Kosovu postoji perspektivna generacija srednjoškolaca koji imaju talenat, kreativne ideje i volju da se bave istraživačkim novinarstvom, ali medijima nedostaje posebna platforma koja bi ovim učenicima pružila priliku da iskažu svoje veštine pisanjem i izveštavanjem iz zajednice.

Kako bi iskoristio interesovanje za novinarstvo među mladima i u pokušaju da prevaziđe jaz u obrazovnom sistemu, BIRN Kosovo će organizovati deset (10) treninga za 200 srednjoškolaca u programu koji ima za cilj negovanje mladih talenata kroz mentorisanje učenika u video produkciji, fotografiji i člancima kako bi se postigao glavni cilj aktivnosti, a to je otvaranje puta za veću nezavisnost, transparentnost, odgovornost i građanski angažman.

Treninzi će učenike upoznati sa novinarstvom, uključujući teme poput novinarskog jezika i koncepata, standarda izveštavanja, saveta za fotografiju, produkciju materijala za video sadržaje, video montažu, istraživačko novinarstvo, etiku i autorska prava.

Na kraju svakog treninga, mladi iz srednjih škola širom Kosova će predstaviti svoje novinarske ideje koje će BIRN-ova ekipa prikupiti i detaljno analizirati pre nego što odabere najmanje 60 ideja za video i članke koji će biti objavljeni na on-line platformi KallxoRinia. Proces produkcije svih ovih članaka će nadgledati tim urednika BIRN Kosovo.

Ko se može prijaviti?

Učenici koji pohađaju odeljenja za društvene nauke u kosovskim javnim srednjim školama u regionima kao što su: Priština, Mitrovica, Prizren, Gnjilane, Goraždevac u pećkom regionu, Đakovica, Uroševac, Glogovac, Mališevo i Orahovac.

Broj učesnika na svakom treningu je ograničen zbog restrikcija kojima se sprečava širenje COVID-19. Biće izabrano najviše 20 učesnika po treningu.

Kako se prijaviti?

Molimo popunite obrazac priložen na linku ispod:

https://bit.ly/3unj0eL

Rok za prijavljivanje: 10. jun 2021. godine u 10.00 (CET)

Napomene:

Na kraju obuke polaznicima će biti uručeni sertifikati.

 

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

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

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

While the second training held on March 2021 gathered a total of 34 participants, 27 of whom were women. The trainers of the two-day training included Carina Van Wyk, Allwell Okpi, and Keegan Leech from Africa Check, the first independent fact-checking organization in Africa. While the second day was led by 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 organizations across the globe.

IPI will invite different 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.

The first day of training will be held by Claus Hesseling, a German journalist, author, trainer and lecturer who will cover the basics of fact-checking and verification, while the second day of the training will include trainers such as: Miroslava Sirotnikova who contributed to international media outlets, Kostas Zafeiropoulos, a co-founder of the non-profit Mediterranean Institute for Investigative Reporting (MIIR) and an investigative journalist for one of Greece’s biggest daily newspapers “Efimerida ton Sintakton”, Darren Loucaides a UK based journalist focused on disinformation, Edgaras Savickas an investigative journalist, and Sarah Hurtes whose work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Vice and Thomson Reuters.

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

As the only media organization 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, in order to help improve standards in Kosovo journalism.

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?

Please fill in the form provided in the link below:

https://bit.ly/3wyYWXv

Language:

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: June 13, 2021 at Midnight Central European Time

Date of the training course: June 16 – 17, 2021

Call for applications: Download here

Trainers’ bios: Download here

Remarks:

Participants will be provided with certificates at the end of the training.

BIRN dhe IPI lansojnë thirrjen për aplikim për kurs trainimi dy-ditor për kontrollimin e fakteve dhe trajtimin e dezinformimit

BIRN dhe Instituti Ndërkombëtar i Medias (IPI) kanë hapur Thirrjen për Aplikime për kursin e tretë dy-ditor të trajnimit mbi kontrollimin e fakteve dhe trajtimin e dezinformimit si pjesë e projektit të financuar nga BE me titull “Solidifikimi i Qëndrueshmërisë së Gazetarëve të Tanishëm dhe të Ardhshëm të Kosovës“,

Edicioni i parë i mbajtur në dhjetorin e  vitit 2020 mblodhi një total prej 36 pjesëmarrësish që ishin 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 Maldita.es dhe pesë trajnerë të Teyit përfshirë Kansu Ekin Tanca, Gülin Çavuş, Öyküm Hüma Keskin dhe Emre İlkan Saklıca.

Ndërkohë trajnimi i dytë i mbajtur në muajin mars 2021 mblodhi gjithsej 34 pjesëmarrës, 27 prej të cilëve ishin gra. Trajnerët e trajnimit dy-ditor përfshinin Carina Van ëyk, Allëell Okpi dhe Keegan Leech nga Africa Check, organizata e parë e pavarur për kontrollimin e fakteve në Afrikë. Ndërsa dita e dytë u udhëhoq nga Eoghan Sweeney, një specialist i hetimieve me burime të hapura, dhe trainer i cili gjatë dekadës së kaluar ka ndihmuar në krijimin dhe zhvillimin e operacioneve të verifikimit dhe kontrollit të fakteve dixhitale në organizatat mediale në të gjithë globin.

IPI do të ftojë profesionistë të ndryshëm me përvojë nga mediat që të administrojnë kursin e trajnimit dhe të ndajnë njohuritë dhe përvojën e tyre me gazetarët e Kosovës si dhe me studentë të gazetarisë dhe shkencave sociale.

Dita e parë e trajnimit do të mbahet nga Claus Hesseling, gazetar, autor, trajner dhe lektor gjerman i cili do ti mbulojë bazat e kontrollit dhe verifikimit të fakteve, ndërsa dita e dytë e trajnimit do të përfshijë trajnerë të tillë si Miroslava Sirotnikova që kontribuoi për mediat ndërkombëtare, Kostas Zafeiropoulos, bashkëthemelues i Institutit Mesdhetar jo-fitimprurës për Raportim Investigativ (MIIR) dhe gazetar hulumtues për një nga gazetat më të mëdha ditore të Greqisë “Efimerida ton Sintakton”, Darren Loucaides gazetar me qendër në Mbretërinë e Bashkuar me fokus në dezinformim, Edgaras Savickas gazetar hulumtues dhe Sarah Hurtes puna e së cilës është shfaqur në Harper’s Bazaar, Vice dhe Thomson Reuters.

Më shumë informacion në lidhje me trajnerët mund të gjenden përmes bios të tyre në dispozicion për të shkarkuar më poshtë.

Si e vetmja organizatë mediatike në Kosovë e çertifikuar nga Rrjeti Ndërkombëtar i Kontrollimit të Fakteve (IFCN), edhe një herë BIRN është bashkuar me IPI, një rrjet global i redaktorëve, drejtuesve medialëe dhe gazetarëve kryesorë me qendër në BE, në mënyrë që të ndihmojë në përmirësimin e standardeve në gazetarinë kosovare.

Kush e ka të drejtën e aplikimit?

Të drejtën e aplikimit në këtë kurs 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?

Ju lutemi plotësoni formularin e dhënë në vegzën si më poshtë:

https://bit.ly/3wyYwXv

Language:

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

COVID-19 restrictions:

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: 13 qershor, 2021 sipas kohës lokale (Mesnatë) të Evropës Qendrore

Data e kursit të trajnimit: 16-17 qershor, 2021

Thirrje për aplikim: Shkarkoni këtu

BIO-të e trajnerëve: Shkarkoni këtu

 Vërejtje:

Pjesëmarrësit do të pajisen me çertifikata në fund të trajnimit.

BIRN i IPI lansiraju poziv za prijave za treći dvodnevni kurs obuke o proveri činjenica i borbi protiv dezinformacija

BIRN i Međunarodni institut za štampu (IPI) su otvorili poziv za prijavljivanje za treći 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“ .

Prvo izdanje je održano u decembru 2020. godine i okupilo 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 Maldita.es i pet trenera Teyit , uključujući Kansu Ekin Tanca, Gülin Çavuş, Öyküm Hüma Keskin i Emre İlkan Saklıca.

Dok se na drugom treningu održanom u martu 2021. godine okupilo ukupno 34 učesnika, od kojih su 27 bile žene. Treneri dvodnevnog treninga bili su Carina Van Wyk, Allwell Okpi i Keegan Leech iz Africa Check, prve nezavisne organizacije za proveru činjenica u Africi. Dok je drugi dan vodio Eoghan Sweeney, specijalista za istrage otvorenog koda i trener koji je tokom protekle decenije pomogao u osnivanju i vođenju operacija digitalne verifikacije i provere činjenica u medijskim organizacijama širom sveta.

IPI će pozvati različite iskusne medijske stručnjake da vode kurs obuke i podele svoje znanje i iskustvo sa kosovskim novinarima, kao i studentima novinarstva i društvenih nauka.

Prvi dan treninga će održati Claus Hesseling, nemački novinar, autor, trener i predavač koji će pokriti osnove provere činjenica i verifikacije, dok će na drugom danu obuke biti uključeni treneri kao što su: Miroslava Sirotnikova koja ja dala doprinos u međunarodnim medijima, Kostas Zafeiropoulos, suosnivač neprofitnog mediteranskog Instituta za istraživačko novinarstvo (MIIR) i istraživački novinar jednog od najvećih grčkih dnevnih listova „Efimerida ton Sintakton“, Darren Loucaides novinar sa sedištem u Velikoj Britaniji fokusiran na dezinformacije, Edgaras Savickas istraživački novinar i Sarah Hurtes čiji je rad objavljen u Harper’s Bazaar, Vice i Thomson Reuters.

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

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.

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.

Podstiču se kandidati iz svih delova zemlje 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?

Molimo popunite obrazac priložen na linku ispod:

https://bit.ly/3wyYWXv

Jezik:

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: 13. jun 2021. u ponoć po srednjoevropskom vremenu

Datum održavanja obuke: 16 – 17 jun 2021. godine

Poziv za prijavu: Preuzmite ovde

Biografije trenera: Preuzmite ovde

Napomene:

Na kraju obuke polaznicima će biti uručeni sertifikati.