News and Events

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.

New Oral History Memorial Tells Srebrenica Survivors’ Stories

BIRN and the Srebrenica Memorial Centre opened a new memorial room containing the video testimonies of 100 Srebrenica genocide survivors and personal items that they donated for safekeeping.

Call for Applications: 10 Fellowships for Articles Based on Fact-checking Principles

BIRN announces an open call for all journalists and students of journalism in Kosovo who are interested in becoming beneficiaries of one of 10 fellowships amounting 500 Dollars (gross).

BIRN Holds Training on Fact-checking Methodologies With Journalists in Prishtina

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has trained 22 journalists and journalism students in Prishtina on fact-checking principles and methodologies.