News and Events

Video Testimonials Tell Story of Sarajevo’s 44 Months Under Siege

Marking the 30th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, a new BIRN online project features the video testimonials of 44 people – one for each month of the military blockade – recalling wartime hardships, atrocities and brief moments of joy.

BIRN Kosovo Trains Journalists on Reporting Crisis Situations

To improve the way journalists report from emergency crisis situations, BIRN Kosovo held a training for journalists and students of journalism, designed to equip them with appropriate knowledge and practices on reporting from protests, with a special focus on violent ones, which was held on March 25.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Workshops on Reintegration of Returnees from Conflict Zones, Fact-Checking and Reporting Protests

BIRN Kosovo held a regional workshop on March 28 on reinforcing the role of Centers for Social Welfare and strengthening the process of reintegration and resocialization for returnees from Middle eastern conflict zones, in order to prevent violent extremism and terrorism in Kosovo.

BIRN Hosts International Fact-checking Conference

BIRN Kosovo, in partnership with Internews Kosova and FindBug and supported by the US Embassy in Prishtina, observed International Fact-Checking Day with an in-person and webinar conference to discuss the risks of malign foreign influences and ways to counter them.

BIRN Conference Discusses Ways to Counter Fake News

On Monday, BIRN and Internews Kosova organised a conference on how to counter the malign foreign influences spreading disinformation in Western Balkans.

Call for Applications for a Fellowship Programme for Writing Stories Based on Judicial Data

BIRN Kosovo has opened the call for applications for writing in-depth journalistic stories as part of the project “Data 4 fighting harmful narratives on the judiciary” funded by the Millennium Foundation Kosovo (MFK) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as part of the #DigDataKosovo Challenge for Open Data.

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.

BIRN Holds Training With Young Journalists on Research Bases and Fact-checking

On March 10 and 11, BIRN held a training session with young journalists in the municipality of Gjilan on the bases of investigation and fact-checking principles.

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.

BIRN Kosovo Held Training Sessions with Faculty of Law Students on Using Justice System Database

On March 3 and 5, 2022, BIRN Kosovo held training sessions on using judicial data with Faculty of Law students from the University of Pristina and the University of Prizren. The sessions were part of the “Data 4 Fighting Harmful Narratives in the Judiciary” project funded by the Millenium Foundation Kosovo (MFK) and the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

BIRN Journalist Awarded for Story on Ethnic Coexistence in Kosovo

BIRN journalist Serbeze Haxhiaj won second prize in the Peaceful Change Initiative awards for her article about a warm relationship between an ethnic Albanian and a Serb in ethnically-divided Kosovo.

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.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Tamara Chausidis

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For February, meet Tamara Chausidis, editor-in-chief of BIRN’s publication Prizma.