News and Events

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.

BIRN BiH Leads Petition for More Transparency in Bosnia’s Judiciary

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.

BIRN Trains New Cohort on Basics of Journalism

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.

Open call: Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Balkans

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.

EU Awards for Investigative Journalism Announced in Kosovo

The three best investigative stories in Kosovo published in 2020 were awarded in Pristina on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Freedom of Information in Balkans: ‘No Will, No Optimism’

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.

BIRN Albania Holds Training Event on Public Inspectorates

On July 7-8 in Tirana, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania, BIRN Albania, held a two-day training session on public inspectorates.

BIRN Albania Holds Training on Court and Crime Reporting

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.