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BIRN Summer School 2015 in Albania

Described recently as “Europe at its best” by the New York Times, the beautiful Albanian Riviera is the BIRN Summer School destination for 2015.

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BIRN Stories Win Awards in Macedonia

The Macedonian Media Institute on Thursday presented the awards for best investigative stories for 2014. First prize went to Ljubisa Arsic of the weekly Fokus for a series of stories named “Secret manufacturing plant for passports”.

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BIRN Summer School Chooses Winning Stories

The three best stories proposed by participants in this year’s Summer School were selected by the jury and will get financial backing from BIRN’s investigative reporting fund.

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Summer School Day 4: Collaborative Reporting on Social Media

Social media can be an important tool for investigative journalists, the fourth day of the BIRN Summer School in Montenegro heard.

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Summer School Day 3: “Avoid pressure, take time and listen more”

Undercover policing, FIFA corruption and drug cartels were among the themes explored by award-winning journalists at the BIRN summer school of investigative reporting.

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Summer School Day 2: From UK Riots to Legal Leaks

The UK riots, legal leaks, how to protect sources and tracking money abroad were all explored in the second day of BIRN’s Summer School.

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BIRN Summer School Kicks off in Montenegro

The fifth BIRN summer school of investigative journalism has opened in the Montenegrin coastal town of Becici, bringing together top trainers and journalists.

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Two Weeks Left for Summer School Scholarship

Balkan-based journalists have two more weeks to apply for a full scholarship for BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

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Illegal Logging is Destroying Ancient Forests in the Balkans

An investigation shows that gangs are felling vast tracts that once gave the Balkans their name.

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Party Ties help NGOs Win Key Serbian Ministerial Deals

NGOs seeking Ministry of Youth and Sport funding would be advised to have at the helm a boss belonging to the minister’s party, it appears.

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Check out a photo gallery from Bled

The BIRN Summer School was highly educational and fun, and became the basis for friendships and future collaborations between investigative trainers and journalists across Europe.

Check out the atmosphere at Bled in our photo gallery




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BIRN Summer School Chooses Investigative Story Winners

After five days of intensive training at the fourth annual BIRN Summer School, four groups of reporters whose investigations will be funded were announced at the closing ceremony.

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BIRN’s Summer School Ends With Investigation Proposals

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s summer school closed on Friday in Bled, Slovenia with the journalists attending the week-long event proposing ideas for investigative stories.

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Developing Undercover Work at BIRN Summer School

The fourth day of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Summer School programme continued with lectures on undercover operations and research, as well as tips for following paper trails in stories.

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Interviewing and Researching Skills at BIRN’s Summer School

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s journalism Summer School continued on Wednesday with lectures about relationships with sources, interview techniques and tips for researching complex organised crime stories.