With technology evolving rapidly, it’s essential for journalists to stay up-to-date on the latest methods and strategies to uncover and appropriately report on digital rights violations. To tackle these challenges, BIRN Albania is organizing a three-day training that will focus on the theoretical and practical framework necessary to understand digital rights and how to report on breaches, blocking and filtering content, manipulations, and propaganda in the digital environment.
Frequent cyberattacks and online harassment also threaten the safety and security of many, including journalists, who are often targets of online attacks. Still, many journalists from the region may not be fully aware of the extent of digital rights violations or the underlying legal and technological aspects that lead to these kinds of violations.
BIRN’s training will provide ten selected journalists from Albania with a comprehensive understanding of the issues at stake, helping them to identify and report on digital rights violations more effectively. Journalists play a crucial role in raising public awareness and driving change, and by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge, this training will enable them to produce impactful stories that can contribute to a more informed public debate and eventually lead to policy changes that protect and promote digital rights in the Balkans.
Who can apply?
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania) invites journalists from Albania to apply for a three-day training on reporting digital rights violations.
How to apply?
To apply, interested journalists should demonstrate an interest in digital rights and possess previous journalism experience. To apply, submit the following application form along with your CV to [email protected] no later than June 9, 2023, by 5 pm CET, with the subject line: Digital Rights Reporting Training for Journalists Albania.
The training will take place in Durres, Albania, from June 15 to June 17, 2023. The organizers will fully cover travel and accommodation costs for selected participants. The working language of the training is Albanian and English.
What to expect?
The training will provide selected journalists with essential skills and knowledge to effectively investigate and report on digital rights violations in an ever-changing technological landscape. The training will cover various aspects of digital rights reporting, including identifying and collecting digital rights violations, categorizing these violations, and reporting on individual cases and broader trends.
The program will also focus on multimedia, contemporary tools, and modern journalistic approaches, such as open-source investigations, data journalism, fact-checking, and cross-border collaborations. The training in Durres will offer valuable educational insights and provide the opportunity to connect with fellow journalists and experts working in the digital rights field.
Upon completion of the training, journalists will have the opportunity to pitch their story ideas to BIRN. Selected journalists will receive on-the-job mentoring and financial support to research and apply their newly acquired skills to implement their ideas on cases involving breaches, content blocking, filtering, manipulations, and propaganda in the digital environment.
Long story short
DEADLINE: Submit the application form along with your CV to [email protected] no later than June 9, 2023, by 5 pm CET, with the subject line: Digital Rights Reporting Training for Journalists Albania.
DATES OF TRAINING: June 15, June 16, and June 17, 2023
LOCATION: Durres, Albania