BIRN Albania Holds Public Procurement Training Session

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a two-day training session for journalists in Tirana on May 8-9, focusing on Albania’s public procurement system and the ways reporters can dig up stories on conflicts of interest, abuse of office, corruption and procurement fraud.

Around 15 journalists and editors from local and national media in Albania participated in the training, part of the project ‘Fostering Democracy Through Investigative Reporting’, which is supported by USAID through Assist Impact. 

The two-day training session served as a guide to reporters on the basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism as well as an overview of public procurement procedures in Albania.

The training was aimed at strengthening the skills of journalists to help them to look closely at systemic issues of conflict of interest, to uncover facts and produce compelling journalism by carrying out data gathering, analysis and document mining.

The journalists who took part in the training will participate in a competition, from which BIRN Albania, through an independent jury, will select six story ideas for investigations on public procurement that will be funded and published with the help of BIRN editors in BIRN’s online publications and