BIRN Summer School Chooses Winning Stories

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The three best stories proposed by participants in this year’s Summer School were selected by the jury and will get financial backing from BIRN’s investigative reporting fund.

At the 2014 Summer School closing ceremony on Friday, the jury selected the three top stories from the participating teams of journalists who will now be funded to develop them.

The jury consisted from BIRN managing editor Ana Petruseva, editor Lawrence Marzouk, Guardian correspondent Paul Lewis and Christian Spahr, director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme South East Europe.

The top story, which was awarded 2,500, will deal with Roma issues in the Balkans; the second, awarded 2,000 euros, will investigate the wrongdoings of Austrian banks; while the third, awarded 1,000 euros, will tackle corruption cases in Macedonia.

During the five-day training programme in Montenegro, 35 journalists from all over the Balkans and the world had the chance to pick up tips and tools on how to investigate corruption and organised crime cases.

Lectures were given by top trainers in the field from The Guardian, the BBC, OCCRP, Access Europe and others.

The Summer School is organised in cooperation with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and with support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the OSCE Presence in Albania, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and USAID Macedonia.