News and Events

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.

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.

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




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.

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.

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.

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.

BIRN’s Summer School Hears Tips For Developing Investigations

The second day of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s annual summer school for investigative journalism continued with lectures and workshops on how to develop story ideas and gather information.

BIRN’s Journalism Summer School Opens in Slovenia

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s annual summer school for investigative journalism has begun at Lake Bled with 30 young journalists participating.

FBI undercover agent and Italian police chief to lecture at BIRN School

Two experts with fascinating insights into organised crime will be joining this year’s BIRN Summer School as guest lecturers.

Pulitzer Winner to Train Journalists at BIRN Summer School

Eric Nalder, an investigative journalist and trainer from the United States, will take part in the BIRN Summer School 2013.

BIRN Summer School Scholarships Open Until August 5

Balkan-based journalists can apply for scholarships at the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2013 until August 5.

BIRN Summer School 2013 at Lake Bled, Slovenia

The fourth BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting will be held from August 25-31 at Lake Bled in Slovenia.

BIRN to Fund Summer School’s Investigations

Three investigations, to be conducted by the journalist who attended the Summer School 2012, will be financially supported by BIRN. 

BIRN Journalists Hone Interviewing and Writing Skills

Stephen Grey and Paul Lewis trained BIRN Summer School participants in how to use digital age tools to reach sourves and compile interesting and understandable investigation articles.