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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each month, BIRN introduces you to its people. For July, meet Sofija Todorovic, Project Manager.
Through a campaign to collect citizens’ signatures, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN BiH, wants to draw public attention to the problem of inaccessible corruption indictments and verdicts, asking judicial institutions to increase the transparency of their work.
Over July, BIRN editor Matt Robinson trained 12 aspiring journalists from the Western Balkans who are part of BIRN’s Traineeship programme for young journalists on the basics of journalism.
Journalists and writers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are invited to apply for a specialised programme that aims to examine and expose different aspects of the trend of offline and online gender-based violence in the region.
The three best investigative stories in Kosovo published in 2020 were awarded in Pristina on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Regional public institutions still have a way to go to improve their records on freedom of information and be more transparent and accountable to citizens, a BIRN panel discussion heard.
On July 7-8 in Tirana, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania, BIRN Albania, held a two-day training session on public inspectorates.
On July 9, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania, BIRN Albania, held a one-day session training on court and crime reporting.
Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda Team Holds Youth Dialogue Meetings in Peja and Gjakova
On June 29 and 30, the Environmentally Responsible Action (ERA) Group, in partnership with BIRN Kosovo, CEE Bankwatch, and TV Mreza, held two youth dialogue meetings with youngsters from the municipalities of Peja and Gjakova, organised as part of Green Energy Days 2021.