BIRN Albania-Supported Journalists Win Investigative Award

The OSCE Presence in Albania has given Rashela Shehu and Fiori Sinoruka its award for the best investigative story for 2020 for their investigation into the impact of the lack of financing of scientific research on Albania’s public universities.

The OSCE Presence in Albania has given Rashela Shehu and Fiori Sinoruka its award for the best investigative story for 2020 for their investigation into the impact of the lack of financing of scientific research on Albania’s public universities.

The investigation, entitled ‘Lack of Scientific Research Leaves Albania in Ruins’ was published by BIRN Albania’s publication Reporter.al.

The investigation was supported by BIRN Albania as part of an open call for investigative stories, backed by the National Endowment for Democracy.

As well as Shehu and Sinoruka, two other journalists were awarded grants to cover their expenses to conduct investigations and write stories on the education system in Albania.

Fiori Sinokura is a freelance journalist based in Tirana and a former participant in BIRN’s Resonant Voices Fellowship. Rashela Shehu is a television journalist with Albania’s national broadcaster TV Klan.

BIRN Kosovo and jCoders Academy Hold Film-Making Course

jCoders Academy, in partnership with BIRN Kosovo, held the last event of its film-making course on March 27, when high school students presented their video productions.

jCoders Academy, in partnership with BIRN Kosovo, held the last event of its film-making course on March 27, when high school students presented their video productions.

The film-making course, which makes up part of an EU-funded project entitled ‘Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists’, offered eight months of hands-on training that focused on enabling students to tell stories through video and other media content.

At practical workshops, students learned a number of skills including video editing, scriptwriting, pitching and the basics of journalism, with each part of the training course playing a role in preparing students for their final video project.

A total of 75 high school students, 41 of them female, from municipalities across Kosovo including Pristina, Mitrovica, Gjilan, Peja and Prizren, took part in the training programme.

Over a period of eight months, students participated in various phases of the programme including the technical training phase, in which they learned how to use the video editing tool Adobe Premier Pro, the Design Thinking Marathon, through which students selected topics for their final project, and the training and implementation phase, in which students learned new techniques for creating video content and started working on their video presentations.

Students also learned about the basics of journalism through three sessions with guest speaker Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo’s executive director. Xharra spoke about the importance of news, ethics and tackling false information, and shared her experienced with students, helping them create their video work.

At the final event, students presented their video projects in front of an audience of trainers, project representatives and their peers. The event was held at Kino Armata, a local cinema, with fewer than 50 attendees due to measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

A total of 13 videos were presented by various groups covering topics including patriarchy, Down’s Syndrome, the traditions of the Roma community, mental health, deforestation, the education system in Kosovo, the pandemic and its consequences in schools, child labour, cinematography, and functional illiteracy.

The videos were published on BIRN Kosovo’s KALLXO Rinia (KALLXO Youth) platform, as well as on its social media pages. Participants were provided with certificates for successfully finishing the programme.

BIRN Kosovo and its partner jCoders Academy’s aim for the project was to help students learn about technology and develop skills that will be necessary for their future.

BIRN Kosovo holds second training on fact-checking and tackling misinformation

On March 24 and 25, BIRN Kosovo, in partnership with the International Press Institute, IPI, held its second two-day training course on tackling disinformation and establishing fact-checking methods.

During the online course, which was part of the “Solidifying the Resilience of Kosovo’s Current and Future Journalists” project, and funded by the EU in Kosovo, participants interacted via video call with specialists from around the world.

On the first day, Carina Van Wyk, head of education and training at Africa Check, Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation, introduced the topic “Dealing with the (mis)infodemic.” Van Wyk explained how false information spreads, and outlined tips and tools for identifying fake news websites, images and videos used to spread false information.

Allwell Okpi, a researcher and community manager at Africa Check’s Nigeria office, then spoke about how fact-checkers work to adhere to the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles, the fact-checking process, and on ways in which journalists can apply it to their work.

In the last session of the first day, Keegan Leech, a researcher at Africa Check based in Johannesburg, spoke more about health and science reporting in the “infodemic” age, sharing tips on finding credible data and preparing for an onslaught of false information related to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The second day was covered 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 organisations across the globe.

The session covered various topics, including geolocating content and techniques that help figure out the precise location shown in a piece of content. Sweeney also elaborated on issues like source analysis (knowing more about a source’s identity, authenticity and motivations), dealing with the public (how to approach the owners of user-generated content), as well as maintaining integrity and the ethics of investigating as information becomes more easily available.

A total of 34 participants took part in the training, 27 of whom were women.

BIRN and IPI believe that the training will help young journalists tackle fake news and unverified reporting by helping them spot fake news and provide verified information that adheres to journalistic standards.

The delivered knowledge was practical, and will help journalists develop these skills further, while the trainers also expressed a readiness to remain at the participants’ disposal regarding any questions that arise after the two training days come to an end.

BIRN Bosnia Journalist Awarded for Balkan Cossack Army Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journalists Selected for BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database

BIRN’s unique new database includes court verdicts handed down in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia for domestic terrorism and for going abroad to fight in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, which was launched on Friday by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains comprehensive information about court verdicts for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

It also includes verdicts from the trials of people accused of going abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria and for pro-Russian separatist forces in the conflict in Ukraine.

The database utilises BIRN’s extensive experience of covering terrorism trials in the Western Balkans and includes photographs and videos as well as a resource centre that offers video explainers and PDF booklets on how to report on violent extremism and terrorism.

BIRN’s regional director Marija Ristic said the database is the result of the BIRN network’s long-term reporting efforts and knowledge.

“We wanted to make a relevant source of data about regional terrorism for journalists and researchers, but also for all those interested in the topic. In addition to the data, which has been checked, we also wanted to share BIRN’s knowledge and experience in reporting on these topics,” Ristic said.

The verdicts in the database cover the period from 2007 to the end of 2020.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has convicted the highest number of people in the region for domestic terrorism, a total of 14. North Macedonia has convicted the second-largest amount, finding 11 terrorism defendants guilty.

Bosnia has also has convicted the highest number of people in the region for going to fight in Syria, a total of 28. North Macedonia has convicted 18 individuals and Albania has found nine guilty.

Serbia has prosecuted the highest number of people for going to fight in Ukraine. Serbian courts convicted 16 people but all the trials ended in plea bargains and suspended sentences.

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina’s director Denis Dzidic said that the database contains data about the duration of sentences, the text of court judgments and data about the criminal records of terrorism defendants.

“It is important to emphasise that the database is free and accessible to everyone. It is searchable. We have made a special effort to link the important information, such as previous convictions or other ties between individuals who have stood trial,” Dzidic said.

The database’s resource centre includes videos and a detailed webinar about professional journalistic coverage of terrorism, along with BIRN’s suggestions for external resources that could help improve media reporting.

NOTE: The database was created with financial support from the European Union and Hedayah, the Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. It can be accessed here.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who can apply?

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

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

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

How to apply?

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

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Work sample
  • Motivation letter

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

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: March 21, 2021, at Midnight Central European Time

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

Call for applications: Download here

Trainers’ bios: Download here

Remarks:

Participants will receive certificates at the end of the training.

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ko se može prijaviti?

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

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

Biće izabrano najmanje 30, a najviše 40 učesnika.

Kako se prijaviti?

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

  • CV podnosioca prijave
  • Primer njihovog rada
  • Motivaciono pismo

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

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: 21. mart 2021. u ponoć po srednjeevropskom vremenu

Datum održavanja obuke: 24-25 mart 2021.

Poziv za prijavu: Preuzmite ovde

Biografije trenera: Preuzmite ovde

Napomene:

Na kraju obuke polaznicima će biti uručeni sertifikati.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kush e ka të drejtën e aplikimit?

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

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

Do të zgjidhen minimum 30 dhe maksimalisht 40 pjesëmarrës.

Si duhet aplikuar?

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

  • CV e Aplikuesit
  • Artikulli i botuar
  • Letër Motivimi

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

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

Gjuha

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

Kufizimet COVID-19:

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

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

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

Thirrje për aplikim: Shkarkoni këtu

BIO-të e trajnerëve: Shkarkoni këtu

Vërejtje:

Pjesëmarrësit do të pajisen me çertifikata në fund të trajnimit.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications must be received by 23:59 on March 24, 2021, via the email: euawardskosovo@birn.eu.com.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Priče mogu biti televizijski prilozi ili štampane ili onlajn publikacije.

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

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

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

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

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

Prijave se prihvataju do 23.59 časova 24. marta 2021. putem imejl adrese euawardskosovo@birn.eu.com.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Kush mund të aplikojë?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open Call for Stories from Montenegro

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should you have any additional questions, please send them to: konkurscincg@gmail.com or assistantcincg@gmail.com.

Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence 2021: Transformation

The Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is opening its 2021 call for applications.

The programme, now in its 15th year, provides a 3,000-euro bursary and sustained editorial support to journalists seeking to report in depth on the forces shaping societies and democracies across 14 countries in Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe. The Fellowship emphasises strong storytelling and rigorous, on-the-ground reporting – skills traditionally associated with the best magazine journalism.

The deadline for this year’s entries is 9 April 2021. As usual, applications are solicited under an annual theme. This year’s theme is Transformation. Fellowship editor Neil Arun said the theme gave journalists “a chance to pitch a story that probed the changes that had been set in motion, or that had gathered pace, over the past year.”

The annual selection of 10 journalist Fellows is made by an independent committee. The Fellows are mentored by the programme editor in the course of their reporting, and can also draw on the support of BIRN’s regional network of journalists. In addition to financial and editorial support, the Fellowship offers:

  • The chance to participate in an introductory seminar focused on reporting and storytelling techniques
  • The chance to win additional awards, worth between 3.000 and 1.000 euros, for the three best stories
  • Publication of finished stories in regional languages and in English, through BIRN’s network of media partners
  • Membership of the Fellowship alumni network, designed to support networking between journalists who have participated in the programme

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and ERSTE Foundation set up the Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2007.

Since then, more than 140 journalists from 14 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe have taken part in the Fellowship’s world-class programme for professional development.

Since 2020, the Fellowship has been accepting applications from journalists in the Visegrad group of countries, as well as from the Balkans.

Applications can be made by downloading the official form. Journalists who wish to maximise their chances of a successful application can read these tips from our editors and check out the latest stories on the Fellowship homepage

For more information, please contact us on fellowship@birn.eu.com