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Meet the People Behind BIRN: Jelena Veljkovic

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For May, meet Jelena Veljkovic, investigative journalist at BIRN Serbia.

New Deadline for EU Investigative Journalism Award for 2022

The new deadline for submitting applications for EU Investigative Journalism Award for 2022 for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia is Friday, 13.5.2022, at 23:59.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Besar Likmeta

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For April, meet Besar Likmeta, editor-in-chief of BIRN Albania.

Call for Applications for Internship Programme

BIRN offers a three-month internship programme for students interested in investigative reporting as part of its Investigative Reporting Initiative. If you are a journalism student looking for an opportunity to learn from highly dedicated journalists and editors, you are welcome to apply for this programme.

Open Calls for EU Investigative Journalism Award for 2022

Investigative stories published from January 1 to December 31, 2021, and related to freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency, abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime are welcome to apply.

BIRN Offers Grants to Explore War Crimes Archives

BIRN is offering grants to journalists, artists, historians and activists to create projects based on the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in former Yugoslav countries that held war crimes trials.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Albulena Sadiku

Each month, BIRN introduces you to members of its team. For March, meet, Albulena Sadiku, Deputy Director and Senior Programme Manager at BIRN Kosovo.

BIRN Holds Training in Digital Security and Surveillance Capitalism

BIRN organized a four-day training in digital rights, “From Personal Security to Surveillance Capitalism”, for journalists, representatives from civil society organizations, CSOs, legal professionals and IT experts, in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.

Meet our Fellows: Aleksandra Bogdani

Aleksandra Bogdani, 42, works as an editor at BIRN Albania. In the past she has been deputy editor-in-chief at Albanian daily newspapers MAPO and Shekulli. Aleksandra was a participant in BIRN’s Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme in 2012. Her investigation, Secrets and Lies: Victims of Albanian Communism Denied Closure, was about former political prisoners whose quest for truth and compensation has become entangled in Albania’s murky politics.

Meet our Fellows: Vlad Odobescu

Vlad Odobescu, 38, is a reporter at Scena9 a cultural magazine based in Bucharest. He won multiple awards and fellowships, including the first prize of the Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2013 for his story “How to get Ahead in Romanian Politics”, which was about Romania’s anti-corruption agency repeatedly convicted politicians – but people kept on bringing them back.

Meet our Fellows: Tamara Opačić

Tamara Opačić, 35, is editor-in-chief at Nada magazine and a journalist at Novosti weekly in Zagreb, focusing on human rights, social issues and civil society. In 2017, she took part in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Call for Applications: From Personal Security to Surveillance Capitalism – Training Programme

BIRN invites journalists, Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representatives, legal professionals and IT experts with an interest in the issues where media and technology intersect to apply for a five-day digital rights capacity-building programme. Applications are welcomed from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Fellowship 2022: Choices – Call for Applications

We are awarding 10 fellowships to journalists from Central and South-Eastern Europe who have an idea for a story that needs dedicated on-the-ground reporting, in-depth research, generous funding and sustained editorial attention to do it justice.

New Oral History Memorial Tells Srebrenica Survivors’ Stories

BIRN and the Srebrenica Memorial Centre opened a new memorial room containing the video testimonies of 100 Srebrenica genocide survivors and personal items that they donated for safekeeping.

Report Details Orban’s Expanding Influence on Balkan, European Media

A new report by the International Press Institute, IPI, offers insight into the ways Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has expanded his influence in the Balkan and European media.

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