News and Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BIRN Albania Presents Its Social Media Research Findings

On July 27th, BIRN Albania held a consultation session with civil society organisations in Tirana, to present the findings of its research on the use of social media by political actors and entities during the campaign for the April 25th parliamentary elections.

BIRN Albania Holds Regional Info Sessions with Civil Society, Journalists

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania over the last three weeks held three regional information sessions for civil society activists and journalists on its EU-funded project, “Using Big Data and Multimedia to Boost Quality and Independent Journalism in Albania”, which is co-financed by the European Union and the Swedish government and implemented by BIRN Albania.

BIRN Holds ‘Youth Memory Transfer’ Workshop in Tuzla and Srebrenica

Ten participants from Albania, Bosnia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia attended BIRN’s three-day workshop on producing high-quality stories about the past that centre on war crime victims’ experiences.

BIRN Kosovo Listed by US State Department as a Resource of Reporting Corruption for the Second Year in a Row

In its 2021 Investment Climate report on Kosovo, the US State Department has listed BIRN and its executive director Jeta Xharra as a useful resource for reporting corruption for the second time in a row.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Sofija Todorovic

Each month, BIRN introduces you to its people. For July, meet Sofija Todorovic, Project Manager.