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BIRN to Help Boost Public Oversight of Kosovo Institutions

BIRN Kosovo signed a memorandum of understanding with Pristina-based think tank Democracy Plus and the Tax Administration of Kosovo, TAK, on Wednesday as part of a project funded by the British embassy in Kosovo to boost public oversight and accountability of public institutions.Through the cooperation agreement, BIRN, Democracy Plus and TAK aim to increase the overview that the civil society has of tax administration processes, in order to increase the compliance of public institutions.In its 2018 Country Report on Kosovo, the EU highlighted the ongoing issues of the informal economy and tax evasion in Kosovo, urging for these to be dealt with.In light of this, the UK-funded project is intended to help tackle these issues and bolster the fight against corruption in Kosovo.Over the next three years, BIRN and its project partners will seek to establish policies and practices crucial to good governance and address them to compatible authorities.The post BIRN to Help Boost Publi..

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A Quest for Media Sustainability

Between October 18 and 21, in Ohrid, BIRN Macedonia will bring together representatives of the media, journalism associations, advertising and social media experts, as well as start-ups, to exchange experiences of best practices, develop cooperation and provide insight into a question that has troubled the global media industry for the past decade: how to achieve sustainability.The two-and-a-half-day event, which is supported by Kingdom of the Netherlands, and includes panels, case studies and workshops, aims to look at both the opportunities and challenges for the digital media in a hyper-competitive age.Is there a one-size-fits-all model for the media? What business examples have succeeded and what models have failed? What can we learn from algorithms and news aggregation? How can media improve their content with different platforms and so engage wider audiences?In the past years, the number of online media has exploded in the Balkans, with new sites emerging almost daily. At t..

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Quest for Media Sustainability

Between October 18 and 21, in Ohrid, BIRN Macedonia will bring together representatives of the media, journalism associations, advertising and social media experts, as well as start-ups, to exchange experiences of best practices, develop cooperation and provide insight into a question that has troubled the global media industry for the past decade: how to achieve sustainability.The two-and-a-half-day event, which is supported by Kingdom of the Netherlands, and includes panels, case studies and workshops, aims to look at both the opportunities and challenges for the digital media in a hyper-competitive age.Is there a one-size-fits-all model for the media? What business examples have succeeded and what models have failed? What can we learn from algorithms and news aggregation? How can media improve their content with different platforms and so engage wider audiences?In the past years, the number of online media has exploded in the Balkans, with new sites emerging almost daily. At t..

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Digital Media: Quest for Sustainability

Between October 18 and 21, in Ohrid, BIRN Macedonia will bring together representatives of the media, journalism associations, advertising and social media experts, as well as start-ups, to exchange experiences of best practices, develop cooperation and provide insight into a question that has troubled the global media industry for the past decade: how to achieve sustainability.The two-and-a-half-day event, which is supported by Kingdom of the Netherlands, and includes panels, case studies and workshops, aims to look at both the opportunities and challenges for the digital media in a hyper-competitive age.Is there a one-size-fits-all model for the media? What business examples have succeeded and what models have failed? What can we learn from algorithms and news aggregation? How can media improve their content with different platforms and so engage wider audiences?In the past years, the number of online media has exploded in the Balkans, with new sites emerging almost daily. At t..

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BIRN Holds Investigative Journalism Training for Public Broadcasters

A three-day regional investigative reporting workshop for journalists from public broadcasters in the Western Balkans, organised by BIRN Hub, started in Belgrade on Friday with a visit to Radio Television of Serbia, RTS.The workshop is a part of the project “Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans”, financed by the European Union, which aims to revitalise the region’s public broadcasting sector and bring new confidence to the key stakeholders involved.EU ambassador to Serbia Sem Fabrizi, who delivered the opening address of the training, highlighted that media freedom is of fundamental importance to a democratic society.He noted that public service broadcasters play a special role in responding to public interest for information in today’s challenging media environment.“The media landscape is changing – we now have social networks, fake news; these elements call into question the freedom of the media,” Fabrizi said, adding that public service broadca..

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Investigative Journalism Workshop for Public Broadcasters Opens in Belgrade

A two-day regional investigative reporting workshop journalists from public broadcasters in the Western Balkans, organised by BIRN Hub, started in Belgrade on Friday with a visit to Radio Television of Serbia, RTS.The workshop is a part of the project “Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans”, financed by the European Union, which aims to revitalise the region’s public broadcasting sector and bring new confidence to the key stakeholders involved.EU ambassador to Serbia Sem Fabrizi, one of the special guests who delivered the opening address of the training, highlighted that media freedom is of fundamental importance to a democratic society.He noted that public service broadcasters play a special role in responding to public interest for information in today’s challenging media environment.“The media landscape is changing – we now have social networks, fake news; these elements call into question the freedom of the media,” Fabrizi said, adding that pu..

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Aleksandar Jovancic

He is also responsible for managing and administering several projects as well as the organisation and implementation of trainings and other events for the staff of the Network and outside audiences.Aleksandar has vast experience working with international organisations and institutions. He previously worked as a consultant for EPTISA Southeast Europe d.o.o. and Particip GmbH. He also worked for Ecorys UK and Kontakta PR Agency on EU funded projects. During his studies, Aleksandar interned in European Movement in Serbia.Aleksandar holds a BA in International Affairs and a MA in European Studies from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade. He speaks Serbian and English.The post Aleksandar Jovancic appeared first on BIRN.

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Ana Maria Luca

She has worked as a journalist since 2000, has extensive experience in covering politics as well conflict zones in the Middle East and the Balkans.She was awarded second prize in the Austrian Press Agency’s “Writing for Central and Eastern Europe” in 2007 in Vienna, and won a special prize from the jury a for long social feature in Freedom House’s “Young Journalist of the year” competition in 2004, in Bucharest.She has BA in Journalism from the University of Bucharest and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University, Byblos, where she specialised in sectarian conflict and Islamic radicalisation. Other than her native Romanian and English, she also speaks French, Spanish and Levantine Arabic.The post Ana Maria Luca appeared first on BIRN.

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Dunja Hadzimurtezic-Tutic

Her position includes managing all entries into financial databases, preparing financial documentation and annual tax reports, maintaining inventory, submitting documentation to local authorities, managing bookings and travel related services.Before joining BIRN Hub, Dunja has worked in the NGO sector for almost 14 years as project coordinator, gaining strong professional skills in Office Administration, Finances and Operations and Logistics.She studied at the University in Sarajevo in the Department of English Language and Literature.She speaks Bosnian and English.The post Dunja Hadzimurtezic-Tutic appeared first on BIRN.

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Journalists Trained for Data Journalism in Montenegro

The training was held as part of the project Media Investigations: Stop to READ (Regional Environmental Acts of Devastation) which aims to strengthen investigative reporting in Montenegro.Training topics included national and international databases and registries, their importance in investigative journalism and practical instructions on how to gather data and how to use them for writing stories; freedom of information laws and how to obtain data using them; tips and tricks for browsing, and using social networks in data journalism.The training was held by Milka Tadic-Mijovic (CIN Montenegro), Dusica Tomovic and Jelena Cosic (BIRN Hub), and Slobodan Georgiev (BIRN Serbia).The project was funded by the EU Delegation in Podgorica.The post Journalists Trained for Data Journalism in Montenegro appeared first on BIRN.

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