Through the Media for All programme, thirteen journalists from across the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) were able to take part. They joined colleagues from Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova, Greece and Croatia to acquire new investigative skills and techniques and work on real investigation reports.
This year BIRN teamed up with Lighthouse Reports, an award-winning non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands which leads complex transnational investigations. They combine traditional journalistic methods with emerging techniques like data science and open-source intelligence investigative techniques.
For the first time this summer, the participants had the chance to choose one of four course themes: Arms, Surveillance, Agriculture and Waste. During the week, they worked in four teams, led by trainers from BIRN and Lighthouse Reports, to investigate leads and produce cross-border stories.
The aim of the Summer School was not only to teach new skills but to give the participants the chance to apply their learning by developing reports based on one of the course topics. Working together in teams, they have developed new networks, shared skills and experiences and will produce cross-border investigative stories.
The British Council is working in partnership with Thomson Foundation, BIRN and INTRAC on the Media for All programme funded by the UK Government.