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BIRN Summer School Kicks Off in Macedonia

More than 20 journalists from all over the world are taking part in BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting at Lake Mavrovo in Macedonia.

More than 130 journalists applied for BIRN Summer School 2012

Every year, the number of journalists from the Balkans attracted to BIRN Summer School increases. The number of applications submitted and webpage views suggests there are a substantial number of journalists from South East Europe that are interested in gaining new investigative techniques.

Stephen Grey, award winning journalist, to teach interview techniques at BIRN Summer School

Stephen Grey is best known for revealing details of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. The first article published was in the New Statesman under the headline 'America's Gulag'.

Special Projects Editor for the Guardian Paul Lewis to teach at Summer School

Paul Lewis runs teams of journalists at the Guardian newspaper working on a range of investigations. He recently led Reading the Riots, a major research project into the causes and consequences of the England riots. 

The Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Schoofs, will be a trainer at the third BIRN Summer School

Before he became an editor at ProPublica in 2011, Mark Schoofs was as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, WSJ, and an investigative reporter for Page One.

Finalists of the Investigative Journalism Awards 2012

BIRN journalists, Bojana Barlovac and Aleksandar Djordjevic, and two BIRN Summer School 2011 participants, Bojana Jovanovic and Stevan Dojcinovic, are finalists for the National Investigative Journalism Award 2012 by the Independent Association of Journalists in Serbia.

Serbian Journalists Share Highs and Lows of Investigations

Public interests should trump any other concerns, participants at debate on Tuesday in Belgrade agreed

Third BIRN Summer School of Investigative Journalism in Macedonia

BIRN would like to inform all interested journalists from the Balkans and internationally that the third BIRN Summer School will take place in Mavrovo, Macedonia, from 19 until 25 August 2012.

Hunt for Bodies Dutch Buried in Srebrenica

When Hava Muhic gave birth to a stillborn girl in Srebrenica in July 1995, Dutch soldiers took the body away. Years on, the search for her grave - and others - is ongoing.

BIRN Journalists’ Grave Discovery Revives Dutch Srebrenica Debate

Two graduates of BIRN’s Summer School have created a stir with a report about a mass grave that was dug by Dutch soldiers in Srebrenica at the time of the July 1995 massacre.

BIRN Guide Digging Deeper now available to buy online

BIRN Guide Digging Deeper now available to buy online

BIRN is announcing that Digging Deeper: a Guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans is now available to buy online. This unique handbook showcases interesting investigative stories and individual journalistic successes, as well as providing an overview of investigative techniques.

BIRN Summer School participants gain SCOOP funding for investigative stories

The last day of this year’s BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting saw participants present their investigative story ideas. All investigative pieces, submitted by previously determined participant groups, were given the opportunity to gain funding from the SCOOP Network of investigative journalists, based in Denmark.

Sheila Coronel and Randall Joyce Offer Effective Storytelling Techniques

Sheila Coronel and Randall Joyce Offer Effective Storytelling Techniques

Thursday’s sessions proved the longest and hardest for participants of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting, who spent the day covering investigations into organized crime and corruption.

Murdoch’s Nemesis Helps Reporters Spot Scoop

Nick Davies, the Guardian journalist widely recognised as one of the world’s best reporters, told journalists at BIRN’s Summer School they must be vigilant for ‘hang-on-a-minute’ moments if they want to uncover great stories.

BIRN School: Journalists Hone Interviewing Skills

The third day of BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting saw students taught how to coax important sources into revealing information, how to interview the victims of trauma and how to use Excel to carry out investigations.