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BIRN Serbia Journalist Wins CEI SEEMO Investigative Award

Natalija Jovanovic wins top award for her groundbreaking story on the number of COVID-related deaths in Serbia, which President Vucic initally rubbished, only for it to be confirmed later on.

Winners of EU Awards in North Macedonia Announced

Jury says it had a tough time evaluating the three best investigations out of a short list, as all three had the most important characteristic of good investigating journalism – ‘digging deeper under the surface’.

EU Investigative Awards Presented in Albania

Presenting the annual awards, EU delegation commends authors of probing investigations into voting fraud, shoddy new builds and public officials’ extravagant travel expenses.

Thomson Media Advanced Mobile Journalism E-Workshop in Montenegro

After successful realisation of its advanced mobile journalism online workshop in the North Macedonia, Thomson Media announces a call for participants from Montenegro.

Bringing a Refugee Story to its True Protagonists

When BFJE fellow Stavros Malichudis published his investigation into young unaccompanied male asylum seekers and refugees in Greece, he took it to the kind of people featured in the story to test their reaction.

Deadline Extended for Applications for Traineeship Programme for Young Journalists

The deadline for submission of applications for the four-month traineeship programme for students, recent graduates and young journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia has been extended until October 16, 2020, at midnight Central European Time.

BIRN Wins Austria’s Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Award

RSF Austria on Thursday awarded BIRN its prestigious Press Freedom Award – A Signal for Europe – which BIRN’s regional director, Marija Ristic, described as an honour and encouragement.

Thomson Media Advanced mobile journalism e-workshop in North Macedonia

Thomson Media announces call for participants for its advanced online workshops on mobile journalism.

Serbia Hugely Underestimated COVID-19 Death Toll, Official Admits

Confirming the substance of BIRN reports on this issue, a Government Crisis Staff member has admitted that the COVID-19 death toll in June was far higher than was officially reported, blaming a new information system.

Thomson Media Launches an Online Course on Mobile Journalism

As a part of a Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey project, Thomson Media has launched an online course on mobile journalism.

Turkish Recipient of BIRN EU Award for Investigative Journalism Acquitted

Zehra Özdilek, who won first place in the 2020 BIRN EU Investigative Journalism Awards competition, was acquitted by Istanbul 27th Criminal Court on September 24 of committing a crime by publishing information about the identity of a trial witness in a news report.

BIRN to Hold Debate on Online Media Regulation in the Western Balkans

As part of the regional ‘Media for All’ project, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will hold a virtual midday debate on September 23 to discuss online media regulation and self-regulation in the Western Balkans.

Call for Applications for Traineeship Programme for Young Journalists

As part of Media for All Project, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, wants to connect students and young journalists who wish to gain practical knowledge in the field by working with media organisations in the Western Balkans, which will host this four-month traineeship programme.

New deadline for Calls for EU Investigative Journalism Award for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo

Applications are now open for submission of investigative articles from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo for the annual EU Investigative Journalism Award.

EU Investigative Journalism Awards Presented in Turkey

Ceremony in Ankara sees awards going to three women reporters and their groundbreaking stories on drug trafficking, the plight of Yezidi women and abortion issues.

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