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.


From August 23 to 29, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will organise its sixth Summer School of Investigative reporting in Durres, Albania.

Another stellar cast of international and regional investigative journalists will soon be announced for this year’s Summer School. Lecturers at previous events have included Paul Lewis and Nick Davies from The Guardian, Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Nalder, and award-winning BBC TV documentary maker Meirion Jones. The line-up for this year will again include some of the most interesting names in journalism from around the world.

Journalists from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Kosovo and Serbia will be able to apply for full scholarship. International participants will have to cover a tuition fee.

A call for participants will begin during the course of following week and will be posted online on BIRN Summer School webpage.

The location for this year’s Summer School will be charming Albanian coastal city of Durres, only half an hour away from Tirana airport.

Albania’s bustling ancient port of Durres offers long sandy beaches, great nightlife and excellent local seafood.

It’s also a fascinating setting for the school to delve into how to investigate corruption and wrongdoing in the Balkans.

Topics covered will include: how to find and keep sources, interviewing techniques, computer-assisted reporting, how to use social media, and how to ensure you’re safe both on and offline.