BIRN Project in Albania Underway

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BIRN announces the extension of its network to Albania, thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy. BIRN’s project, which will run from September 2007 until July 2008, will consist of investigative journalism training and publication.

With this grant, the Network will strengthen the capacity of journalists in Albania to produce high quality reports on key issues in the country and the region. BIRN will also be able to help expand the reach and impact of local reporting on important issues affecting citizens in Albania. The project will consist of training and mentoring activities, thus offering Albanian journalists the opportunity to become familiar with and adopt the established international reporting standards. The project aims to train a group of journalists who will produce insightful and analytical stories of high quality for BIRN’s online regional news magazine, Balkan Insight.

Besar Likmeta will be editor and project manager for Albania. He can be directly contacted at