BIRN Kosovo Holds Third Training Course on Fact-Checking and Tackling Misinformation

On June 16-17, BIRN Kosovo, in partnership with the International Press Institute, IPI, held its third and final two-day training course on tackling disinformation and establishing fact-checking methods. All three courses were organised as part of the EU-funded Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists project.

Across the course’s two days, participants interacted via video call with specialists from across Europe.

On the first day, Claus Hesseling, a journalist, lecturer and trainer from Germany, outlined the essential questions that journalists should ask themselves when dealing with misinformation. Hesseling explained various methods of photo verification, particularly for images originating from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, with participants learning practical skills on how to verify online images. He also demonstrated how to confirm the authenticity of video content, using practical exercises to see how investigative journalists respond to videos from unknown sources.

Meanwhile, the second day’s training was administered by journalists from a range of European countries, including Greece, Slovakia, and Lithuania.

The first session of the second day was held with Slovak journalist, Miroslava Sirotnikova, who gave an overview of the disinformation landscape in her country, and explained how the media and members of civil society are fighting back. Then, in the second session, Kostas Zapeiropoulos from Greece, co-founder of the Mediterranean Institute for Investigative Reporting and author of Alexander the Bot: The Twitter War for the Macedonian Soul, shared his insights on misinformation, which he identifies as a growing threat to democracy.

Following Zapeiropoulos was Sarah Hurtes, who spoke about the rampant levels of disinformation circling online, which she believes is the key reason that Europe is the world’s most vaccine-skeptic region.

Within an amorphous online ecosystem, Hurtes has managed to trace a sophisticated, organised cadre of professionals who work at national and cross-border level to amplify their key anti-vaccine message She shared her experience of identifying the inner workings of the anti-vaccination movement in Europe with the participants.

Later, Edgaras Savickas, an investigative journalist who has worked as a business reporter for Lithuania’s Delfi news portal for more than six years, shared the experience he gained during a major investigation into who is financing fake news in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Following Savickas’ session, Darren Loucaides, a UK journalist based in Spain, shared his insight learned from a cross-border, four-country investigation into how disinformation campaigns by hostile foreign actors have affected Europe.

A total of 32 participants took part in the training, 23 of whom were women. BIRN and IPI believe that through this program, journalists from Kosovo received insight information on how to tackle fake news and misinformation, helping them to spot fake news through different tools and provide verified information.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Second Training With High School Students in Gjilan

On June 18, BIRN Kosovo held a second training session with students of the Zenel Hajdini high school in the municipality of Gjilan.

The training was held as part of the “Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists” project, and was aimed at students of Kosovo’s state-run high schools that are interested in undergoing training 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 in order to achieve the main goal of the activity: to create a path for increased independence, transparency, accountability and civic engagement.

A total of 16 students from the social sciences department of the Zenel Hajdini high school participated, 11 of whom were women.

At the end of the training session, youngsters pitched their journalistic ideas, which the BIRN team will collect and thoroughly analyse before selecting the articles and other materials that will be published on the online platform KallxoRinia (Kallxo Youth). The production of all of these articles will be overseen by a team of BIRN Kosovo editors.

In the upcoming months, BIRN will hold another eight sessions at the Social Studies department of high schools from across Kosovo.


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 [email protected] 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


ONLINE TRAINING: Two weeks, July 2021



LIST OF HOST MEDIA: Download here


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.

Journalists who had previously participated in our Summer Schools are again eligible to apply.

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 July 7.

Click here to apply.



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:

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


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:

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


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:

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


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 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:


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


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 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:


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


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 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:


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


Na kraju obuke polaznicima će biti uručeni sertifikati.



BIRN Kosovo Trains Teachers Around Kosovo in Public Speaking and Presenting

Between March and May 2021, BIRN Kosovo and Internews Kosova held 60 training workshops for teachers from across the country focusing on public speaking and presenting in front of a camera, thanks to support from the US Embassy in Kosovo.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, as well as Municipal Education Directorates, teachers were trained to use virtual classroom platforms, including Zoom, that can make online teaching easier

The workshops were divided into three parts. The first was an in-depth presentation on Zoom’s features and tools, while the second focused on presentation skills, including a guide on how to position oneself in front of the camera, including phone and laptop cameras. The second aspect of the workshop also focused on preparing for public speaking, including vocal techniques and tips on how to eliminate nerves.

The third and final part of the workshop was practical, with all teachers given the opportunity to practice what they have learned in class and record an e-learning unit in front of the camera, as well as other participants. The training team then discussed each video individually, to allow all participants to learn from each other’s mistakes.

Workshops were organised in the Municipalities of Gjakova (8), Prizren (8), Gjilan (4), Ferizaj (3), Lipjan (4), Rahovec (4), Kamenica (7), Malisheva (9), Fushe Kosove (2), Obilic (2), Vushtrri (4) and Prishtina (5). Up to three teachers attended each workshop, with a total of around 180 teachers having been trained.

Coaches providing training at the workshops included managing editor Kreshnik Gashi, IT manager Arian Hyseni, IT officer Korab Gërdovci, journalist and editor Doruntina Baliu, Internews Kosova’s Executive Director Faik Ispahiu and producer Valdet Salihu.


Meet the People Behind BIRN: Milka Domanovic

Each month, BIRN will introduce you to its people. For May, meet Milka Domanovic, Lead Researcher at BIRN.

Journalism, fact-checking, radio, video and marketing are just some of Milka Domanovic’s multiple skills. Milka, 35, comes originally from Serbia. She rejoined BIRN in 2019.

From 2013 until 2015, she worked as a journalist and translator for BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice programme. Currently, she is involved in the Media for All project, conducting large-scale regional research on local media across the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – and assessing their potential for citizens engagement.

Today she introduces us to Engaged Citizens Reporting (ECR), a tool developed within Media for All, a project implemented by the British Council as a lead partner and Thomson Foundation and INTRAC to support the local media.

“Journalism worldwide is shifting towards collaboration and engagement,” she says. “Some of the greatest investigative stories in recent years, such as the Panama papers, were result of large-scale collaboration between dozens of newsrooms across the world, while established outlets like ProPublica do not shy away from engaging citizens to discover and tell powerful stories on systemic negligence, misconduct or abuse.

“Therefore, for BIRN as a regional network that tries to keep up with the latest trends, while also focusing on local perspectives and work with local media, a venture into engagement journalism was only considered a natural next step,” she adds.

“This project enabled us to launch the tool at 23 different outlets simultaneously and to work with engagement editors from ProPublica to learn about the approach and methodology,” she continues.

Over the last few months, 23 outlets from six Western Balkan countries had the chance to be trained in engagement journalism and have access to the ECR tool. Soon, BIRN will start working with another 28 media from across the region.

In February, Balkan Insight launched its first cross-border investigation based on the ECR tool. “We wanted to engage with different communities in six countries (some in capital cities, some in smaller towns or remote areas) and learn about the complications during childbirth,” Milka says.

“One of the great features of the tool is the technical possibility to conduct large-scale investigations in multiple languages, while the results can be automatically presented in one language. An investigation is yet to be published, as it requires additional research and fact checking, but it shows great potential for such collaborations in future,” Milka points out.

How, and in what way, is the ECR tool important for journalism and journalists?  Milka answers that the ECR tool is just a tool, so it is only meaningful when used with a clear journalistic purpose. So, before understanding the tool, we need to understand the citizens and how we can produce quality journalism together.

“Citizens should not only be considered passive recipients of journalistic content; they are often willing to engage and help uncover the truth or malpractice,” Milka explains.

“It is citizens, not just journalists, who have the motive to hold authorities to account. They also have experience, access to different data and possess different sorts of knowledge and expertise that can expose wrongdoings.

“Journalists, on the other hand, are able to see the broader picture, have the skills to investigate and fact-check information gathered by citizens, and have the ethical and professional standards they adhere to. That is why engagement journalism is more than citizen journalism, as media professionals are ultimately responsible for the final output and its quality,” Milka concludes.