Study visit of journalists to exchange experiences in investigative journalism with colleagues from Serbia

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Belgrade, 19-22 October 2016 – A group of Macedonian journalists on a study visit in Serbia were introduces with the practices and experiences of their colleagues in order to improve the skills of investigative journalism.

The visit was organized within the project supported by the EU “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” and the group was composed of ten journalists from national TV channels, from print and online media in Macedonia.

The first day of the visit of Serbia was dedicated to the presentation of experiences of journalist newsrooms BIRN Serbia, KRIK and Insider.

At a meeting with BIRN the journalists from Macedonia discussed and exchanged experiences with Slobodan Georgiev, editor of BIRN Serbia editor Jelena Cosic editor of the regional research group within BIRN. At the meeting were discussed the difficulties and challenges in investigating corruption, the importance of adherence to professional standards as one of the pillars of the integrity of the investigative story, and the entire research team.

Georgiev talked about investigative journalism as an indicator of the level of democracy in a country. Jelena Cosic, an experienced investigative journalist and head of the BIRN summer school  shared with the journalists the experience of working on the story of a secret arms exports from the Balkans to the Middle East on how to build resources and access in situations where institutions are closed.

The meeting with representatives of the Crime and Corruption Network (KRIK), Stevan Dojčinović and Jelena Kalinic was devoted to the specifics of the work of this media organization dedicated primarily on investigating organized crime and corruption.


The third meeting was organized with the production team of Insider the most watched documentary-research program in the Balkans, which since last year has grown into an online medium as well. Their team leader the famous journalist Brankica Stankovic spoke about their work, methods and standards of her team who is behind the production of research serials. In that sense, she emphasized the importance for studious and in-depth research, methods of accessing and providing sources as well as the participants in the show.

The journalists from Macedonia met with representatives of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia – CINS founded by the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia in order to prove that independent journalism to the highest professional standards is possible in Serbia. The meeting was focused on the situation in the media in Serbia and Macedonia, of the criteria for choosing research topics and rule that the claims presented in the survey must be able to be relevant evidence in front of the Court.


After that there was a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner for Information and Personal Data Protection, Stanojla Mandic. At the meeting with journalists from Macedonia Mandic spoke about the experience of their office which initially was not recognized as a controlling institution, about changing and improving the Law on Access which is one of the most liberal in the world. She noted that journalists and NGOs have been and still are a great ally in the fight for greater accountability and transparency of the institutions.
The working part of the study tour ended at the headquarters of the NGO Cher offering free legal and technical assistance to the media that are the target of cyber attacks.

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Training for Investigative Journalism in the financial and economic reporting

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From September 30 till October 2 in Ohrid was held training for investigative journalism in the financial and economic reporting. At the third training within the project supported by the EU “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” participated journalists from 10 media from the country.
Lecturers at the training were Pavle Gacov, the president of the Association of tax advisors and Krsto Nestorov, tax consultant and auditor. Subject of training were:
– financial analysis as a research tool,
– knowledge and understanding of financial events as a prerequisite for in-depth reporting,
– reading, understanding and analyzing the company’s financial reports,
taxes in total revenue of RM, the path from tax planning to tax evasion, taxes in the international business environment and opportunities for recognition and potential evasion
– cross-analysis of micro-economic categories.
In terms of practical work the journalists together with the lecturers analyzed the financial statements of companies and public enterprises, then tax revenues in the budget in a time series of 10 years and cross-analyzing macroeconomic categories (public debt, GDP growth and employment).

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Training for investigative reporting in the electoral process

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From 16th to 18th of September in Ohrid was held training for investigative journalism in the electoral process. At the training that is part of a project supported by the European Union “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” participated journalists from 13 media from the country.
Trainers were Rosana Aleksoska and Zlatko Dimitrioski from civic association MOST, Ana Janevska from Transparency Macedonia, Jabir Deralla of Assotiation Civil and Tamara Chausidis from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).
Within the training were covered the importance of applying the techniques of investigative journalism during the election process, forms of pressure on voters, forms of corruption in the election, the voter list as a source for abuse, the close relationship between money and politics as to explore and prove the abuses during the election campaign, gathering relevant information based on facts during the election day and how to improve news reporting about the election process.

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Analysis of the results of monitoring of the media coverage

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Media monitoring to assess the quantity and quality of investigative and analytical news reporting is implemented within the project “Investigative reporting to boost reforms”.

The main purpose of the monitoring is to ensure sufficient quality and relevant information for assessing the existence and quality of research and analytical journalistic texts, as well as topics and areas that relate those articles.

Анализа на резултатите од мониторингот на известувањето на медиумите



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Traditional media in Macedonia have no investigative journalism

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Traditional media are not interested in investigative stories. Methodological substantiated and serious research conducted in March, April and May this year, which included 10 traditional media in Macedonia show that investigative journalism is a dead letter on paper. Practically  there are no investigative reports because the percentage is less than 1 percent. Hence, it is not surprising the very little impact on public policy and the solutions to the current political crisis.


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Investigative journalism is expelled from the media

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Only 5 percent of the content published in the media research are investigative stories and analysis. Most analysis and researches are concerning the topic of economy, the political crisis and elections, and very little corruption or standard of living. More than half of the feature stories are not logged on to the front pages or headlines. Independent research was the occasion for a small number of articles and only 24 percent incurred as original research. More than half of the articles (54 percent) have three or more sources; however, a significant proportion of them do not have a source (9 percent) or have only one source. In as many as half of the texts is presented only one side of the story. State institutions are the most common source of information, so even 23 percent of the articles as a source appear or government ministries. In the dominant part of the texts is not or can not assess whether a journalist has documents.

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Journalism is expelled from newsrooms

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Investigative journalism in the Macedonian media is poorly used as a journalistic form, so that only 0.4 percent of all published articles were researches and 4.6 analysis, is shown in the monitoring that was conducted from March to May 2016 in ten media.

During this period, 125  investigative stories were published on economic issues and current political crisis and a small number referred to the detection of corruption or topics that would help to improve a particular segment of citizens’ lives.

As explained by Sabina Fakic of Center for Civil Communication, investigative stories were usually announced on the front pages of newspapers or on forshpan on television, but on average have earned the 21st page of a newspaper or news were published on average at the 13th minute.

According to her, it means that the media were aware that the investigative story does not have the quality to be top news throughout the day. She pointed out that hardly any investigative story is taken from the media, considering that lately the trend is investigative stories to appear on portals and traditional media stagnate in that regard.


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