BIRN Serbia gives investigative reporting master class

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BIRN Serbia’s Aleksandar Djordjevic and Slobodan Georgiev took part in a special programme at Belgrade’s political science faculty focused on investigative reporting for students of journalism, and presenting BIRN’s experience in this area.

In the one-hour class, Georgiev and Djordjevic explained main challenges and principles of investigative journalism to the 20 students who attended.

Georgiev spoke about the starting points of every investigation and final goals of a story.

“Investigative journalism lies in every good story and it is not about sending someone to prison, it is about a good journalistic job,” he said.

Djordjevic spoke about several examples that illustrate how these principles work in practice by guiding participants through one investigative process. He presented possible online and offline sources and demonstrated techniques for checking information.