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Non-governmental organizations in their work, to begin to prepare researches, analyzes and expertise from wider social significance that are targeted to the needs and interests of citizens. For them to inform the journalists who conveying the information to the citizens, will address the need for deepen cooperation with NGOs. The essential purpose of this initiative is to build partnerships between journalists and NGOs in this regard.

– The idea of this mutual cooperation between NGOs and journalists is citizens to benefit and to feel the benefits. To work on topics, researches and ideas that affect citizens in their daily life. I think that this kind of cooperation is possible to live in the local communities because it is in smaller communities where the citizens know each other and are more directed to each other and to citizens. That synergy, that cooperation is more possible in the local communities because the journalists are part of NGOs and together they know what are the main problems of the local communities so they can help to solve them, said the journalist German Filkov, president of the Center for civil communications.

Mutual engagement of non-governmental organizations and journalists in carrying out researches on the problems of citizens, specifying solutions, then submitting to the competent institutions stems from the fact that everybody are citizens first, then civil society activists and journalists. Boost to deepen cooperation on specific problems and solutions in the interest of citizens, will also enable the creation of databases which besides allowing the reporters to use analytical data in researches, will be particularly important to non-governmental organizations in preparation of new projects for application at new donors.

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– It is good that every NGO, specifically those dedicated to specific issues and topics to have their systematized data, information, facts and documents that will support their work as well as the journalists’ work serving as sources of information. That does not necessarily mean you have to have software and on-line, etc. because it involves logistics and other needs such as experts, human resources etc. But in general if you are working with domestic violence, it is good to keep track constantly, to have the data, facts and personal stories, not just the views of the organizations. I assume that for journalists is important not only to follow the daily events organized by NGOs and to cover an event but they should be encouraged by the ability to extract data for news stories, themes and sub-themes that are for wider public interest and the needs of citizens, said Biljana Bejkova from the NGO InfoCentre.

As a result of mutual cooperation, NGOs and journalists in Skopje have created multiple databases. They are used by citizens, experts in certain areas, journalists and NGOs. It is particularly important to update them on daily basis which will prevent obsolescence of information what on the other hand will encourage the researches and analytical processing by the citizens, experts, journalists and other interested citizens.

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This was the goal of the one-day workshop of the project “Investigative reporting to boost reforms,” funded by the EU, which was held by the Center for civil communications in Veles, as a city that belongs to the Vardar region. NGOs representatives and journalists had the opportunity to discuss, to propose ways to strengthen mutual cooperation and to hear the experiences of former journalist Riste Zmejkovski from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the journalist Sabina Fakic from the Center for civil communications.