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MA in Investigative Reporting

MA in Investigative Reporting

BIRN is in negotiation with the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade (Serbia) about creating an MA programme in investigative reporting.

Investigative Journalism Handbook 'Digging Deeper' in Serbian Soon

Investigative Journalism Handbook ‘Digging Deeper’ in Serbian Soon

“Digging Deeper”, a guide for Investigative Journalists in the Balkans, was published in English in 2009.

Investigative Journalism Organisations Agree Common Plans

Investigative Journalism Organisations Agree Common Plans

Representatives of all investigative journalism organsations active in the Balkan agreed to put together a co-ordinated  programme of training programmes, conferences, meetings and activities. Additionally,the agreed to collaborate on investigative reports and to organise a Donors conference.

Goodbye to BIRN Summer School 2010

With the sounds of guitars and the consummation of traditional Serbian dishes on a balcony in the Petrovaradin fortress in the town of Novi Sad, the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting has officially ended.

Helen Darbishire: How to Use FOI Laws

Access to freedom-of-information laws is a key way for investigative journalists to unearth stories, a human rights professional Helen Darbishire has told reporters attending BIRN's Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Mark Lee Hunter: Investigative Story is Dead Without Emotion

Investigative journalists don't have to cut emotion out of their story as the story is dead without emotions, journalist and trainer Mark Lee Hunter told reporters attending BIRN's Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Participants on BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting

Participants on BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting

Here is what participants of the first BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting have said about the school:

Serb-Montenegrin Crime Gangs ‘the Most Powerful in Europe’

Serb-Montenegrin Crime Gangs ‘the Most Powerful in Europe’

Serbian-Montenegrin criminal organisations have become the most powerful in Europe after years of associating with the Italian mafia, according to an Italian magazine crime editor.

Nick Thorpe’s Art of Interview at BIRN Summer School

Addressing participants of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting, BBC journalist Nick Thorpe has explained the techniques for making people talk and how to work with anonymous sources.

Media Experts Discuss Attacks on Journalists in Balkans

Journalists in the Balkans are coming under increasing pressure from politicians and business people, media experts have told participants of the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Gavin Rees: How to Interview Victims of Trauma

Gavin Rees: How to Interview Victims of Trauma

Gavin Rees from Dart Center Europe has held a session named Dealing with Victims of Trauma explaining how to ask questions and get details without opening new wounds for victims of war, violence and crime.

Paul Radu Explains How to Track Offshore Companies

Paul Radu Explains How to Track Offshore Companies

As part of BIRN's Summer School of Investigative Reporting, Paul Radu has tried to explain, by going through personal experience, how to track organised crime over borders and offshore.

BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting Kicks Off

Leading journalists and trainers from all over Europe have gathered in the Serbian town of Novi Sad to take part in the first BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Summer School Application Close on August 9th, 2010

Summer School Application Close on August 9th, 2010

Places are still available for the BIRN summer school for an all-inclusive course fee of €549, which covers tuition, accommodation, meals and activities. However, the August 9th deadline is approaching fast, so please submit your application without delay.

Free Places for Balkan Journalists Still Available

Free Places for Balkan Journalists Still Available

Journalists from South East Europe still have time to apply for full scholarship to attend BIRN’s unique Summer School of Investigative Reporting from August 22 to 28 within the Petrovaradin Fortress, in the stunning Fruska Gora National Park.