Fields of activities:
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Journalism, mass media and communication
Brief description of your activity focus
Developing a strong, professional, independent media in SEE as an essential component of the developing democracy and market economy in the Balkans
Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The BIRN Network aims to build and strengthen media capacity in the Balkans. The core idea is that
better reporting contributes to the healthy progress of political, social and economic reforms through
the provision of constant scrutiny and analysis and by probing key transitional issues, such as European
To achieve these goals, we are working towards making BIRN a centre of excellence for Balkan
investigative and analytical journalism.
This will address the need of policymakers, activists and the public for objective, quality reporting and
debate on the region’s key political, economic and European integration challenges.
The network implements a range of programmes and projects focused on training, publishing and
debating the most crucial political, social, economic and cultural topics in the region, targeting civil
society groups and the public at large.
Our methodology is practical and vocational. All our activities lead to relevant reporting, intended for
dissemination in the region and internationally. We continuously seek new approaches to make our work
more effective and sustainable, such as exploring Internet possibilities and developing commercial
BIRN’s leadership is composed of award-winning journalists and professionals, all of whom have
experience and knowledge of the region and its main challenges: transitional justice, human rights,
culture, post-conflict society-building, political and economic transitional reform, European integration
and other related issues.
Within the broader framework of BIRN’s mission, the country-based member organisations have
developed their own, locally specific programmes. These are based on their societies’ most important
needs in terms of media development, information and dialogue.
They are also involved in Hub-run regional programmes, which rely on them to implement the aspects
relevant to their