Pristina Culture Watch Training

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is organising a training session for journalists – How to write for Culture Watch Online Magazine – as a part of the Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development, BICCED, project. The training will be held in Pristina, from March 17 to 18 and will involve journalists from across the region.

The training sessions, will be followed later by on-the-job training from BIRN’s experienced editorial team to help the journalists toproduce articles focusing on cultural policy throughout the region, which will be published in the dedicated culture section of BIRN’s Balkan Insight web site –

The two day training programme will focus primarily on developing the journalists’ skill set, and will be led by Ana Petruseva, BIRN Macedonia Director and Gordana Igric, BIRN Regional Network Director who will guide the team through five distinct types of articles, writing style, writing tips, and the use of quotations and sources. Another session will focus on news and analytical writing,helping the journalists to define news analysis, understand the difference between news and news analysis, the composition of news analysis. The session will close with an exercise to test the journalists’ understanding.

Our web director Milos Milosavljevic will host a session looking at Online Journalism and the use of social networks where journalists will have learn the specific skills necessary for writing for the web, methods and techniques to promote their stories and the use of the web for research and collaboration.

The programme will conclude with the commissioning of articles which the journalists will work on in clooaboration  with their local editors in the weeks to come. This training represents the first step in BIRN’s programme to create positive environment for policymakers in-country and within institutions abroad to develop policies that move forward the region’s European transition.

Objective, balanced, and accurate reporting on aspects of cultural policy and other related themes including human resources in culture, transfer of ownership, heritage,the  tourist potential of culture is a key component of that process.