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EU Investigative Journalism Award Launched
KonkursiThe EU Investigative Journalism Award was launched on March 17 at the EU Info Center in Tirana. Participants included journalists, media experts, university professors, and civil society representatives. They become familiar with the award initiative, the criteria for submissions, practical details for applications, and the general scheme of awarding investigative journalists in the region. Clive Rumbold, Head of Political, Economic and Information section at the EU Delegation in Albania, greeted the initiative to award such a scheme. He emphasized the importance of investigative journalism in a democratic society and reiterated the EU commitment to media freedom as a fundamental value. Lutfi Dervishi, media expert, emphasized the significance of this award in the region, highlighting it as an excellent opportunity for investigative journalists and as a way to support and foster the most valuable and qualitative reporting in the country. Ilda Londo, representative of the Albanian Media Institute, disclosed the details on the application process and the award scheme. The call will be opened until April 17, 2015. For further details, follow this link:

http://institutemedia.org/eu-contest.html
Training"Developments in the Middle East and their global impact" was the topic of the training course organized at the Albanian Media Institute on February 16-17, with the participation of 15 reporters of foreign affairs. The speakers focused on the developments since the Arab Spring, the impact on the region and beyond. They addressed the different stages of the Arab Spring and the ramifications for the geopolitical relations in the region. The situation in each state involved and the effects were also analyzed. Specific attention was paid to foreign actors to the region, their position on these developments and their involvement. The clash of geopolitical interests within and outside the region were part of the discussion, along with the instrumentalization of religion in the war between actors in the region, paying special attention to the current religious balance in these countries. This course was organized by the Albanian Media Institute, with the support of the US Embassy.
Training course on developments in the Middle East
Training courses on local news reporting
TrainingTwo training courses on the topic of local news reporting took place in Burrel in February 4-6, and Berat on February 11-13, with the participation of local journalists. The main objective of the courses was to introduce participants to the main facets in the adoption of a local news angle when reporting for local communities. For this purpose the lecturers addressed several issues, such as the specific traits of local media reporting and the specific features of working for a local media, and competition and survival challenges of local media against a backdrop of globalization. The training followed with specific ideas and discussion on how to identify and address the reality at the local level and respond to community interests in reporting, treatment of sources of information, and writing style for local media. Specific attention was paid to interviewing sources of information, challenges of investigative journalism in a small community, writing of features, civic journalism, and challenges of access to journalism in a small community. In addition, the adoption of new technologies in improving local news reporting, as well as the main traits of managing local media outlets were addressed by the lecturers and participants. The courses were organized by the Albanian Media Institute, with the support of the US Embassy.
Training course on social networks and local journalists
TrainingA training course on the topics "Social networks and local journalists" was organized in Lushnja on February 18-20, with the participation of 14 local reporters and editors. The aim of the training course was to introduce local journalists to the existing possibilities and practices in the field of social networks as a source of information, or as a way to explore the audience trends. The participants became familiar to the different ways of promoting and publishing media outlets through the social networks, to the establishment of institutional profiles and pages for the media in these networks, to their exploration for news marketing and distribution, by using networks such as Facebook or Twitter as channels for guiding the audience towards their websites with local news. The course also focused on the ethical range of problems that emerges with the social networks, addressing such phenomena as violation of privacy, identity theft, use of social networks for viral marketing or personal assaults, use of hate speech, etc. This course was organized by the Albanian Media Institute, with the support of the US Embassy.
Training course on China and its geopolitics
"China and its geopolitical impact" was the topic of the training course organized at the Albanian Media Institute on February 9-10, with the participation of 15 reporters of foreign affairs. The course focused on China's current economic development and its geopolitical role as one of the major global powers. The characteristics of Chinese diplomacy and its interests were analyzed. Specific attention was paid to the changes in foreign policy of the new political generation, especially in regard to other countries in the Asian region. In addition, the lecturers focused more extensively on relations with other global powers, such as Russia and the USA. This course was organized by the Albanian Media Institute, with the support of the US Embassy.