Eight NGOs will work to create a unified database for all municipalities in the country

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DSC_0504The Center for civil communications on June 15, 2017 in Skopje held a workshop for NGOs that received small grants within the project “Investigative reporting to boost reforms”, which is implemented with the financial support of the EU.
Eight NGOs will work on collecting, processing and analyzing the relevant data on predetermined areas of all municipalities in the region to which they belong. The areas within which they will collect public information are: economics and finance, quality of life, health and environment. Specific data sets that will be provided through the small grants in each of these areas are previously determined through a broad consultative process and evaluated by civil society organizations and journalists as most useful for their future work. The collected and processed data on regions will represent the basis for the development of unified databases for all 80 municipalities and the City of Skopje. The databases will contain data in a time series of a few years to be a useful resource to initiate journalistic research and analysis, but also to serve as a basis for taking further actions by NGOs.


Holders of small grants within the project Investigative reporting to boost reforms are: Association Institute for Strategic Research and Education – Skopje, Youth Cultural Center Bitola, Association Novus Strumica, Association Initiative of unemployed intellectuals from Vinica, Association Civic Center for Sustainable Development Egri Kriva Palanka, Association Scout Squad Dimitar Vlahov Veles, Association Center for community development Kicevo and Association Center for development and promotion of public life Tetovo.

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Training for investigative journalism: From idea to research story

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From 9-11 June 2017 in Ohrid was held training for investigative journalism entitled “From idea to research story.” The trainers were journalists from production “Insider” from Belgrade Senka Vlatković Odavić and Miodrag Čvorović.
The trainers spoke about the steps that must be taken from the initial idea to a completed research story, ways to choose the topics, the differences between daily and investigative journalism, collecting facts and evidence, which information can be used, how the sources of the information are selected, how to make visualization of the stories, how such stories are compiled and crossing information.

The training was attended by 13 journalists from 12 media from the country. The training is part of the project “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” which is supported by the European Union.

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Training on TV journalism

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From 3. to 5. of March 2017 in Veles was held a training for TV journalism which was attended by ten journalist from 8 media from the country. The lecturers on the training were BBC journalist and editor Rachel Wright and Ana Petruseva from BIRN.

Through the sessions the participants were able to learn more about the basic TV principles including Ed values, sequencing and shot selection and scenes, writing for TV and interviewing. An important part of the training was devoted to workshops where each participant individually worked on a specific task which later was presented. Also several stories were shown, analysed and discussed by the lecturers and the participants.


The training was part of the project funded by the European Union “Investigative reporting to boost reforms”.


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Journalists and NGOs: How to more quality researches and better cooperation?

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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.


– 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.


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.






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Training for investigative journalism on issues of local importance

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From 20. to 22. January 2017 in Mavrovo was held training for investigative journalism on issues of local importance. The participants were 16 journalists from local media from Strumica, Radovis, Stip, Kocani, Ohrid, Bitola, Gostivar, Prilep and Skopje.
Lecturers at the training were Snezana Lupevska Sozen, an investigative journalist and editor, Pavle Gacov, president of the association of tax advisors and Tamara Chausidis, editor of BIRN Macedonia.


Subject of the training were techniques of investigative journalism, sources and techniques of interviewing, using documents, social media and other sources, following the work of local public institutions, research on charging and spending of municipal budgets, exploring the work of local public enterprises, “MOJO” investigative journalism “packaging” of research story and tips on how to come up with ideas for investigative stories.
In terms of practical work was talked about overcoming the difficulties and obstacles in the research and development of potential investigative stories.
Training is part of the “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” funded by the European Union.

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Training for Investigative Journalism using digital tools

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The introduction to the power of the Internet as a tool for investigative journalists, the concept of open data, introduction to work with specialized software tools adapted for everyday use in the newsroom were just some of the topics covered in the training for investigative journalism with digital tools held on 19 and 20 November 2016 in Skopje.

at the training conducted within the EU project “Investigative reporting to boost reforms” online sources of public information in Macedonia and techniques for their security were introduced to journalists , filtering and analysis. Google as a platform was represented by another point of view, by introducing advanced techniques and under platforms, specialized for journalists. In that context, it was worked on methods for investigations through social networks. At the training were made contacts for providing support from software engineers, especially in specific cases when it comes to large databases.


The training consisted the visualization as a key element for the presentation of the conclusions of the quantitative research, processed through open platforms for presentation, accessible to every journalist as Infogr.am and Piktochart as well as practical preparation of charts and interactive info graphics, appropriate for the audience on the web.


Besides the exercises, by working in groups were set aside and developed researches and ideas aimed at journalists after the workshop to ensure, through the knowledge gained in the training to realize in their media.

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Workshop for journalists and civil society organizations from Polog region

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Center for Civil Communication, NGO Infocentre and BIRN Macedonia on November 14, 2016 in Tetovo organized a workshop for journalists and civil society organizations on subject “how to better researches and better cooperation?”
The workshop was opened by Sabina Fakic and German Filkov of Center for Civil Communications who spoke about the need for greater presence of investigative and analytical journalism in the media.


Biljana Bejkova of NGO Infocentre and Predrag Petrovic of A1 On talked about existing and ongoing initiatives and researches by the civil society organizations and the potential to be used for research and analytical articles by journalists. Riste Zmejkoski of BIRN Macedonia presented the existing experiences from the collaboration of journalists with NGOs and the importance of mutual cooperation.


The workshop was attended by more than 20 representatives of media and NGOs from the Polog region who together with the organizers exchanged experiences, information and knowledge and discussed the possibilities for better communication and cooperation between civil society organizations and journalists.
The workshop is part of the “Investigative reporting to boos reforms” supported by the European Union.

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