EU Awards Presented for Best Investigative Journalism in North Macedonia

Winning stories tackled tragic fate of Balkan lynx, pandemic profiteers and over-employment in a government ministry.

The EU Awards for Investigative Journalism in 2021 for North Macedonia were presented on Wednesday at the Aleksandar Palace Hotel in Skopje.

“Investigative journalism is of great importance because it contributes to the protection of the public interest and demands accountability from those in power,” Julian Vasalo, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Skopje, said at the ceremony.

“Journalism as a profession has a responsible task to inform the public in an objective manner and at the same time to express the variety of viewpoints that appear in public and of course to demands accountability,” he added.

“Brave journalists are those who investigate in a brave manner and put questions that other do not dare to ask and in that way make their societies better,” he continued.

The jury, comprising jury head Marina Kostova and jury members Tamara Chausidis and Milica Saric, had a challenge evaluating the 13 shortlisted applications.

“While deciding, we were guided by given criteria that assess the relevance of the stories, their quality, originality and professional journalistic integrity,” Kostova said.

According to Kostova, the stories of the finalists are valuable documents that will stay as a resource for further investigations in their fields, but also pointed out that all the stories are independent journalistic efforts financed mainly by donations and not mainstream media.

First prize went to the young journalists of Radio MOF, comprising Jasmina Jakimova, Bojan Sasevski, Daniel Evrosimoski and Emilija Petreska, for their investigative story, “Following the Balkan Lynx’s Footsteps – an Investigative Story in Two Sequels”, which the jury called a product of outstanding research.

“It is disappointing that even after more than a year since we published the story, the institutions did not react to the discovery we literally gave them on a plate. What kind of future do we have in mind if we continue to destroy eco-systems, to destroy the living environment of the Balkan lynx and the natural heritage we have, and, by that, destroy ourselves,” Petreska from Radio MOF said.

She used the opportunity to send another “appeal to the institutions and the public not to allow the Balkan lynx to stay only on the five denar coin, but to preserve it in the mountains”.

Second prize went to the team from Investigative Reporting Lab – Macedonia, for a series of investigations into the medical equipment business in the wake of the pandemic, “Pandemic profiteering – The Other Side of the Covid-19 Story”.

“These investigations are a product of the whole team of IRL. I hope that this story will touch those in competence and that it changes something,” Aleksandra Denkovska from IRL said, after receiving the award.

Her colleague, David Ilievski, said the biggest prize for any investigative story is for it to contribute to significant change, but added: “Unfortunately, not a single one of these investigations brought the institutions to the point of doing something.”

Third prize went to, “Only 44 work, while 1,410 people receive salary”, an investigative series about the work of a government ministry, by Kristina Ozimec and Vlatko Stojanovski.

“This is first award for Pina, a small media house that works on investigative stories. It is also important that the story was produced in cooperation with other organizations like Samo prasaj and the Institute of communication Studies and that with small resources we succeeded in producing independent journalism,” Ozimec said.

Her colleague Stojanovski added that the story was dedicated to the Ministry of Political Systems and the way it functioned.

“The ministry served as a recruiting centre for employing staff for whom professionalism was not important, only their ethnic background, and which cost the state 100 million euros. I hope that we have contributed to resolving one problem,” Stojanovski said.

The EU awards have the overall goal of celebrating and promoting the outstanding achievements of investigative journalists from the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, as well as improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in these countries among the public.

The award for investigative journalism is awarded through the EU-funded project “Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey” in 2019, 2020, 2021 in the EU candidate and potential candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, for investigative stories published between 2018 and 2020.

 

BIRN Albania Opens Call for Documentary Film

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania invites local production companies from Albania to send proposals for a feature-length documentary on the topics of demographic changes, migration and youth.

The documentary can explore the three topics in the Albanian context seperately or together, depending on the artistic perspective of the director and screenwriter.

The production of this documentary is part of the project “Using Big Data and Multimedia to Boost Quality and Independent Journalism in Albania”, co-funded by the European Union and implemented by BIRN.

The main objective of this project is to create an enabling environment for Albanian journalists to produce independent content through training, mentoring, technical and financial support, and close cooperation with civil society, thus improving the freedom of expression and strengthening media pluralism in the country.

Please find attached the application package in Albanian:

 

 

Women in Balkan Media ‘Still Far from Top Positions’

Journalists’ associations and state institutions in the Balkans should do more to support female journalists and ensure that they achieve equal representation in top managerial positions, experts told a BIRN panel discussion.

Even though the vast majority of reporters in the Balkans are women, top management positions are still dominated by their male counterparts and more needs to be done to ensure equal representation, an online panel discussion organised by BIRN as a part of regional Media for All project on Tuesday was told.

Jeta Xharra, country director of BIRN in Kosovo, who moderated the expert discussion entitled ‘Platform B: Power Dynamics in Media: Why Don’t We Have More Women in Top Management Positions?’, said that there are few female managers in the media industry in the Balkans.

Representation of women in the media is also usually problematic, Xharra argued. “[Media] often misrepresent women, distort them, and in the Balkans, media often focus on their sexual attributes instead of their ideas, activities and successes,” she said.

The picture is equally grim in all the Balkan countries, where women are very rarely owners of media outlets or hold management positions, reports have shown. Women are more equal to their male counterparts at the level of editor-in-chief, but the majority work at lower levels, as journalists or content creators.

 

Biljana Petkovska, director of the Macedonian Institute for Media said that various recently-published reports have highlighted the problems that female journalists are facing in North Macedonia, including well-established narratives that they are “less capable [than men] of doing their job” or that they achieved their career goals by inappropriate behaviour.

Petkovska said that journalists’ associations, media institutes and media outlets themselves should “strengthen support for women journalists and establish mechanisms in cases of threats, sexist insults, hate speech and violence. In that way, not only would relevant institutions be alerted but this issue will raise awareness among the public, who should be the greatest protectors of journalists.”

Ivana Pavlovic, editor of Nova Ekonomija in Serbia, argued that it is important for state institutions to support female journalists, both through regulation and by helping media associations.

“We need to insist on a general institutional framework that governments are setting, especially when we are talking about remote work, maternity leave, because now we [female journalists] depend on the goodwill of our bosses, husbands and whoever is supporting our families,” Pavlovic said.

Marijana Bojanic, CEO at Vijesti in Montenegro, said that there are a lot of women in the media in her country, many of whom are directors and editors of leading outlets, but that does not mean they are really in top positions.

“In Montenegrin media outlets, we have women running the business, but they are not owners [of these outlets] and they do not have capital,” Bojanic said.

Bojanic, who was a journalist and editor before going on to become a CEO, argued that female media workers are always “first on the front line” when it comes to reporting.

She said that this was particularly true when the COVID-19 crisis struck in March 2020, when her female colleagues decided to stay and work even though they could have taken leave.

Beti Njuma, a journalist at Ora News in Albania, said that in her country, like elsewhere in the world, women have to overcome many barriers in order to achieve better positions in the media sector.

“One of my main concerns is the underestimated role of women journalists in addressing human rights abuses in Albania but also region-wide and worldwide. I have 20 years of experience in journalism, and I can say that it is not easy to be a leader in the media sector, especially in broadcasting in Albania,” Njuma said.

This event is organised as a part of the regional “Media for All” project. The project is implemented by consortium led by the British Council, along with BIRN, Thomson Foundation and INTRAC.

 

EU Awards Three Best Investigative Stories From Albania

Three investigative stories on Tuesday were awarded the EU Award for Investigative Journalism, as the best stories from Albania in 2020.

Journalists Ljuljeta Progni, Geri Emiri, Anila Hoxha and Esmeralda Keta were selected from many colleagues as this year’s winners for their stories about abuse of workers’ rights in Albania, corruption in construction and wrongdoings behind the curtain of the pandemic.

The jury, consisting of jury head Albana Kasapi, a renowned journalist and BBC producer, Idro Seferi, a Deutsche Welle and Swiss TV correspondent, and Elira Canga, a journalist working in media development, had a hard task in choosing the three top stories.

Opening the ceremony, the director of BIRN Hub, Marija Ristic, stressed the importance of awards like this in recognizing journalists who work hard to deliver pieces of real public importance.

The head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation in Albania, Alexis Hupin, spoke about investigative journalism as a mechanism to challenge governments and authority and make them more transparent and accountable.

Hupin, head of jury Kasapi, and jury member Seferi then presented the awards to the winners.

The first prize went to Luljeta Progni for her video, “Oil Slaves”, which focuses on the human stories of Albanian oil workers fighting for their rights and professional status.

The feature-length video investigation captures the human dimension of this struggle, which is often sidelined in the local media, drawing attention to the phenomenon through backstories and the narrative of protagonists.

“Oil Slaves” covers hunger strikes, protests and struggles of Albanian oil workers for unpaid wages and benefits and the mismanagement of the industry by the Albanian authorities through shady privatizations, which eventually led to its collapse. The report is based on interviews with workers and representatives of unions in the oil industry.

Geri Emiri took second prize for a Story of Exceptional Quality for a series of investigative stories into the 2019 earthquake in Albania and the shoddy conductions of buildings in the port of Durres, which brought about their collapse and left many victims.

The stories have a public-interest angle and include a thorough investigation done though human sources and documents, interviews and other investigative techniques into the causes behind the collapse of so many building during the quake.

The first story in the series, “Albanian Quake Probe Hones in on Sub-Standard Concrete”, reveals that below-strength concrete was used in a number of buildings that collapsed in Durres during the earthquake and killed 23 people.

The second, “Durres Leaning Towers; Residents Face off with Developers Over Construction Quality”, reveals that many apartment towers damaged in the 2019 Durres quake had substandard construction work.

The third story, “Albania’s War on ‘Fear Mongers’ Leaves Rights Activists Uneasy”, brings insight into the story of the Albanian police who investigated journalists and citizens for allegedly “spreading panic” after the quake and in the coronavirus pandemic, with a chilling effect on media and freedom of speech.

The fourth piece,”Cacophony of Structural Tests Leaves People Made Homeless by Quake in Limbo”, investigates the conflict between the residents of buildings damaged by the quake in Durres and Construction Institute and its evaluation of the severity of damages.

Finally, “Structural Interventions Turned Flats Into Death Traps” , reveals how illegal construction led to the collapse of several buddings in Durres during the quake.

Journalists Anila Hoxha and Esmeralda Keta won third prize for their story:  “Albanian Govt Accused of Manipulating Pandemic Aid Data”, a thorough investigation into the support given to poor families in the pandemic and the response of the state administration in this field.

The investigation was the result of a professional, fact-based effort by the two journalists to shed light on the phenomenon of aid abuse. Their investigation revealed that although Albania’s government took credit for putting food on the tables of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the figures it touted do not tell the whole story.

Platform B: Power Dynamics in Media: Why Don’t We Have More Women in Top Management Positions?

Together with our partners, BIRN is continuing its series of online and offline events aimed to amplify the voices of strong and credible individuals and organisations in the region that promote the core values of democracy, such as civic engagement, independent institutions, transparency, and rule of law.

As a primarily media organisation, we want to open space and provide a platform to discuss and reshape our alliances in light of the challenges facing democracies in South-East and Central Europe.

This effort comes at a critical time when the region is seeing several troubling trends: centralized power, reduced transparency, assaults on media, politicized judiciaries, unchecked corruption, online violations, and social polarization – all amidst heightened geopolitical tensions and deep divisions in Europe.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Platform B event series will be organised in accordance with all relevant health measures. As the situation improves, we hope to be able to host some of the events in BIRN spaces in Sarajevo and Belgrade, and elsewhere in the region.

Platform B will be an opportunity for individuals and groups to meet monthly on selected topics.

Next event: Power Dynamics in Media: Why Don’t We Have More Women in Top Management Positions?

Date: September 14, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am-12pm, CET

The majority of journalists in Balkan countries are women, but rarely do they have the chance to break the glass ceiling and take positions at a managerial level. Additionally, research conducted as a part of the regional Media for All project shows that higher representation of women in the media sector does not affect editorial policies, gender sensitivity, pay inequalities, or workers’ rights. The research instead shows that “as is the case with all sectors and industries considered feminized or dominated by women, it has contributed to the lowering of the salaries in the media sector.”

The online public debate ‘Power Dynamics in Media: Why Don’t We Have More Women in Top Management Positions?’ will be the first in a series of discussions focusing on different kinds of discrimination, as well as the abuses faced by female media professionals in the region, including sexual and digital violence against women. The aim of the debate is to shed light on this important issue and to try to pinpoint a potential for change, learning from the experience of women at leadership positions in the media.

Experts from Balkan countries will take part in this discussion:
Biljana Petkovska, Director of the Macedonia Institute for Media, North Macedonia
Marijana Bojanić, CEO at Vijesti, Montenegro
Beti Njuma, Journalist at Ora News, Albania
Ivana Pavlovic, Editor of Nova Ekonomija, Serbia

The debate will be moderated by Jeta Xharra, Country Director of BIRN office in Kosovo.

This event is organised as a part of the regional “Media for All” project.
More information and registration.

Upcoming events from September until November:
#metoo in Journalism: When Will Balkan Journalists Speak Up?
Digital Violence and Female Journalists

More information will follow soon.

BIRN and n-ost hold Fact-checking Workshop in Herceg Novi

BIRN Hub and partner organisation n-ost held a workshop about fact-checking and ways to deal with misinformation for nine local media outlets from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia from August 30 to September 2 in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, which included a public “journalism slam” event in the city.

During the workshop, trainers from FakeNews Tragac Stefan Janjic and Milovan Nikolic presented participants with the most important fact-checking tips and tools they can use in their everyday work.

Participants were given time to practise how to identify misinformation and use the tools, but also to brainstorm ideas on best ways to promote media literacy within their audiences.

The participants also had the opportunity to meet with other organisations who make efforts to identify misinformation in the region, with guest speakers from Istinomer (Serbia) and Digital Forensic Center (Montenegro).

From their own perspective, the speakers shared their experience of cooperation with Facebook on fact-checking, different research and data they have compiled on behaviour on social media, as well as their expectations for the future of fake news in countries of the region, and more.

On the last night of the workshop, a journalism “slam” was organised in the town centre. This was an event during which local journalists used a selected publication or topic to explain conditions for local journalism, their motivations and the challenges they face in their everyday work.

Speakers at this event were local journalists Nebojsa Mandic and Slavica Kosic, editor Vanja Stokic from Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hadzera Hadzibeti from RTV Teuta, based in Ulcinj, Montenegro.

Guests at the event had an opportunity to ask questions and exchange more in-depth information about the topics that the journalists had presented.

This was a second workshop organised as part of the project entitled “Local Journalism – European Perspectives” after the first one held in Tuzla, Bosnia, in June.

Progress after the first workshop was discussed along with plans for stronger engagement with audiences and possible implementation of crowdfunding campaigns.

The “Local journalism – European perspectives” project is financed by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

 

BIRN Kosovo Holds Training on ‘Redirect Method’ – to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism and Terrorism

From 24 to 27 July, BIRN Kosovo, with the support of the IOM Office in Kosovo, held trainings on the Redirect Method – a technique developed to prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism by utilizing the power and influence that social media has nowadays.

The training sessions brought together officers from the Kosovo Police and the Interior Ministry, legal and IT officers from Courts and Prosecutors’ Offices, as well as representatives of media and civil society organisations.

Besides being trained on the Redirect Method, the representatives of the aforementioned institutions and organisations were given the opportunity to address obstacles they have faced while working on preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism, as well as engage on discussions and share best practices from different perspectives.

The content was delivered by Kreshnik Gashi, a certified trainer on the Redirect Method and editor-in-chief at KALLXO.com, and by Labinot Leposhtica, head of the legal office at BIRN Kosovo and court monitoring project manager.

 

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Hamdi Firat Buyuk

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its staff. For August, meet Hamdi Firat Buyuk, Balkan Insight’s correspondent in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Firat, who is now 31, joined BIRN in 2016. He has been working as a journalist since 2013. He mainly reports on Turkish foreign policy, democracy and politics, as well as Turkey’s influence in the Balkans. He also focuses on Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sandzak region of Serbia.

His love of story-telling and uncovering hidden stories drove him to become a journalist, he says. Firat believes that knowledge is one of the greatest powers and that the more informed people are, the stronger they are.

“With my reporting, I aim to increase awareness and interest in democracy, the rule of law, rights and freedoms and good neighbourly relations in the greater Balkan region,” he says. The favourite pieces he has written for Balkan Insight are ‘Diaspora Politics: Turkey’s New Balkan Ambassadors’ and ‘In Muslim Region of Serbia, Ottoman-era Mosques Perish’.

When asked how hard it is to be a journalist in the Balkan region today, he replies: “Being a journalist has never been easy. As many other journalists, I have been blackmailed, labelled and threatened many times.

“Even though I have been demoralised and felt very insecure several times, I have never considered quitting or changing my job. I did not want others who want us to be silenced to win. I think if we accept defeat easily, that would a disgrace for friends and colleagues who have been persecuted, attacked and lost their lives because of their job,” says Firat.

His advice to people who live in Turkey and the Balkans and aspire to work as journalists is to be open-minded and tolerant, but also “resilient against those who want you to be silenced because good reporting always makes some – usually people in power – uncomfortable”, he says.

Another important asset is to have wide-ranging knowledge. “Studying in journalism schools alone does not always make us good reporters. Having knowledge of different disciplines such as history, politics, international relations, languages, the environment, technology, the economy and other related fields makes us stronger and different, which allows us to see things through many lenses,” he concludes.

 

BIRN’s Investigative Summer School 2021 Opens in Croatia

For the 11th time, BIRN’s flagship Summer School of Investigative Reporting is bringing together journalists and award-winning trainers for a week-long programme intended to develop skills and explore new techniques.

This year’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting started on Monday in the Croatian coastal village of Mlini with lectures about how to use open-source investigative techniques and to trace the documents behind policy decisions.

During the week-long programme, 32 journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova, Greece and Croatia will be acquiring new investigative skills and techniques but also working on real investigative reports.

For the first time this summer, the applicants had the chance to choose one of four course themes: Arms, Surveillance, Agriculture and Waste. During the week, they will be divided into four teams, led by trainers from BIRN and Lighthouse Reports, to investigate leads and produce cross-border stories.

Marija Ristic, the regional director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and also one of the lead trainers, welcomed the participants and trainers on Monday, saying that the Summer School is a unique opportunity for journalists across the region to gain skills from top trainers in investigative journalism.

“We will also have a bit of a different programme than usual, consisting of both training sessions and working on stories covering pressing issues like surveillance, the arms trade and environmental topics. The work on the investigations will continue after the School but we aim to finish as much as we can during this week,” Ristic said.

Ludo Hekman, another lead trainer and editor and founder of the Lighthouse Reports, said that the concept of the School enables journalists to immediately apply what they have learned in working on actual investigative stories.

“This is an efficient and inspiring way to work. It is also important if you can apply what you learn immediately; another objective is to learn from one another and go home with the report, with some compelling information,” Hekman said.

After the opening remarks, Leone Hadavi, a freelance open source investigator and a contributor to the Lighthouse EUArms project, held a session entitled ‘Open-Source Investigative Techniques: Basics for Investigative Journalism’.

 Hadavi introduced the participants to open-source investigative techniques and talked about their importance in conducting investigations. He offered various useful tips and tools on how to do an image reverse search and how to geo-locate videos and images found on social media.

“It happens sometimes that you receive images or videos from people arguing that something happened yesterday or two years ago. We cannot trust anyone and we need to verify every single piece of information we get,” Hadavi explained.

The first day ended with Lise Witteman, an independent reporter on the EU who specialises in following the paper trails of European decision-making processes. Witteman explained to the participants how to trace the documents that lie behind policy decisions.

She said that following European Union politics is tough and was particularly so when she first began covering it: “It was a challenge to decide what could be a story as there were so many files, so many documents, you could drown in all this information,” she said.

She also talked about the toolbox she has developed over the years, which helps her search through documents, names and procurements to narrow down the huge amounts of information.

In the coming days, there will be sessions focusing on data journalism and investigating the management of borders. The vast majority of the time, however, will be dedicated to working in groups and investigating specific leads that relate to the four chosen topics.

 

 

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. In June 2021, two training sessions from the same program were held with a total of 35 high school students from Gjilan and Ferizaj.

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 eight (8) additional training sessions for 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, Gorazdveac within the Peja region, Gjakova, 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 25 participants per training will be selected.

How to apply?

Please fill in the form provided in the link below:

https://bit.ly/3fRP5Gz

Deadline for applications: 10:00 (C.E.T.) on August 31, 2021

Thirrje për aplikim: Trajnim bazik në Gazetari për studentët e shkollave të mesme

BIRN Kosova, në bashkëpunim me Institutin Ndërkombëtar të Medias (IPI) 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. Në qershor 2021, u mbajtën dy trajnime nga i njëjti program me gjithsej 35 nxënës të shkollave të mesme nga Gjilani dhe Ferizaji.

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 tetë (8) seanca trajnimi për 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, Gorazdevci brenda regjionit të Pejës, Gjakova, 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 25 pjesëmarrës për trajnim.

Si duhet aplikuar?

Ju lutem plotësojeni formularin e ofruar në vegzën si më poshtë: https://bit.ly/3fRP5Gz

 Afati i fundit për aplikim: 31 gusht 2021, ora 10:00 (sipas kohës lokale)

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. U junu 2021. su održane dve obuke iz istog programa sa ukupno 35 učenika srednjih škola iz Gnjilana i Uroševca.

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 dodatnih osam (8) treninga za srednjoškolce 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, Goraždveac u pećkom regionu, Đakovica, Glogovac, Mališevo i Orahovac.

Broj učesnika na svakom treningu je ograničen zbog restrikcija kojima se sprečava širenje COVID-19. Biće izabrano najviše 25 učesnika po treningu.

Ko se može prijaviti?

Molimo popunite obrazac priložen na linku ispod:

https://bit.ly/3fRP5Gz

Rok za prijavljivanje: 31. avgust 2021. godine u 10.00 (CET)