BIRN Macedonia Trains Albanian-Language Journalists

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In a day-long course in Skopje, BIRN’s Jeta Xharra shared her insights into ethics, undercover reporting, how to conduct interviews and manage sources and much more. 

BIRN Macedonia held a journalism training session for a dozen journalists from the local Albanian-language media on June 28 in the Macedonian capital, Skopje.

The training course was designed to boost the skills of journalists from different media outlets, offer insight into BIRN’s standards of reporting and provide opportunities for journalists to expand their knowledge.

Attending were journalists from Skopje and other parts of the country engaged in web portals, national and local TV stations, newspapers and magazines.

Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo director and lead trainer of the course, used case studies drawn from her extensive experience as a journalist and an editor Xharra to give the journalists her insights into how to produce a story on the Balkans, how to use sources and establish trustworthy relations with them, what to do when institutions are not responsive, tips on how to conduct an interview, and more.

The training included an extensive debate on ethics in reporting at which the journalists shared their diverse experiences and knowledge from the country and the region and learned more about ethics and undercover reporting.

This training course was part of the BIRN’s Project for Investigative Journalism and Cooperation between Media and Civil Society, funded by USAID Macedonia.