News and Events

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Nejra Mulaomerović

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For August, meet Nejra Mulaomerović, Programme Associate at the Balkan Transitional Justice Programme.

Grantees Praise Benefits of BIRN-Led ‘Engaged Citizens Reporting’ Tool

Users of the BIRN reporting tool say it has transformed the way they communicate with their audiences who feel empowered by helping shape the content of their own media.

Open Call: Workshop for Visual Storytelling Using War Crime Archives

Young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are invited to apply for a workshop that offers an introduction to visual storytelling practices and the role of domestic and international courts’ war crime trial archives in the transitional justice process.

BIRN Summer School Ends with Investigative Pitches

A week-long training programme in Portoroz ended with participants presenting their investigative story proposals to BIRN editors.

Open Call for Participation in BIRN Kosovo’s one-day training module for journalists to report on labour rights issues

Are you a student of journalism, young or mid-career journalist eager to expand your journalistic reporting skills? Do you want to develop your capacities in reporting and advocating for labour rights in the Kosovo labour market? Do you think you have the ambition and creativity to be one of the prospective winners of a 500 Euro bursary to write a story on labour rights, health and safety at work? Then look no further!

BIRN’s 12th Annual Summer School Starts in Slovenia

For the 12th time, BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting is bringing together 30 journalists from South-East and Central European countries for a week-long training programme to develop skills, explore new techniques and start cross-border cooperations.

Open Call: Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants

Media outlets from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia that want to engage the public in their investigative reporting are invited to apply for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants.

Ukrainian Journalists Urge International Media to Combat Russian Propaganda during Launch of BIRN’s Eyewitness Ukraine Project

At the launch of BIRN’s new video project Ukrainian journalists call for international media to keep covering the country’s Russian invasion and combat the Russian propaganda, while they are on the ground verifying the information and simultaneously trying to save their families.

Eyewitness Ukraine Project Shows Journalists’ Experiences of War

BIRN’s new video project features interviews with Ukrainian journalists about how the Russian invasion has changed their work and personal lives, creating a record of media workers’ experiences during the war.

Calling all newsrooms: Four innovation support schemes open for applications

Four new funding and support programmes that will bring innovation to newsrooms accross Europe are open for applications for media outlets. Choose between the Transition Accelerator, Deep-Dive Business Consultancies and Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants, and Media Innovator’s Mentorship Programme. Find out which suits your newsroom needs.

BIRN Journalists Threatened by Turkish Far-Right ‘Wolves’

BIRN journalists Nermina Kuloglija and Hamdi Fırat Buyuk have received threatening messages from members of a Turkish far-right nationalist organisation.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Workshop on Reintegration and Resocialisation of Returnees from Conflict Zones

BIRN Kosovo held a regional workshop on July 22 on reinforcing the role of Centres for Social Welfare and relevant municipal directorates in strengthening the reintegration and resocialization of returnees from Middle Eastern conflict zones, to prevent violent extremism and terrorism in Kosovo.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Anti-Disinformation Summer School

From July 25-29, 2022, BIRN Kosovo held its first Anti-Disinformation Summer School in Prishtina, hosting 19 students and young journalists from different communities all over Kosovo.

BIRN’s ‘Bitter Land’ Mass Graves Project: Call for Contributions

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is seeking to commission material about forced disappearances and mass graves in the former Yugoslavia as part of its online mass graves database project, Bitter Land, and for potential inclusion in a forthcoming book.

Media Freedom Coalition: Stop Pressure on Jelena Zoric

Former State Secretary in Serbia’s Ministry of Interior Dijana Hrkalovic, who is accused of abusing her official position, in a guest appearance in the show Ćirilica (Cyrillic) on Happy Television, aired on Tuesday, presented a series of incorrect pieces of information about BIRN and Vreme journalist Jelena Zoric, and also mentioned her brother.