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Journalists made the publication “Invisible violence: stories from the newsroom “

Are journalists really able to deal with their work in the editorial office and how much their worker’s rights are respected? These were the initial questions of the research “Invisible Violence: Stories from the newsroom” carried out by the actors of the project with the same name. (NIIT, Kontrapress, CDT…)

The survey was conducted through interviews with journalists from Bosnia, Serbia,  Montenegro, Kosovo* and Macedonia.

Journalism combines personal interest, interest of the profession and general interest.
On the one hand, under open political pressures and threats, often called directly from the media conferences of leading people in the country, on the other hand, in the face of editorial controversy, certain journalists carry out a major part of their work under conditions of insecurity, discrimination, censure, and open pressures.

This is exactly the topic of the publications made within the project, which will be presented at a conference in Sarajevo from May 31 to June 2.

You can download the publication HERE

 

Invisible violence – stories from the newsroom – implementation

All project activities are implemented in the line with project goal and through continuously communication and cooperation between lead organization and partners. In order to ensure timely coordination and monitoring, we made a plan of project implementation with clear roles and obligation. During the project implementation, the lead organization initiated a Skype calls and e-mail communication with all journalists and partner organizations with the aim to ensure the effective implementation of project activities. Having in mind that we prepared a set of different journalistic articles based on previous research about journalists’ work condition, our process of publication articles sometimes depends on our speakers or sources and their schedule.

Through first project activities – research talks with journalists and editors from Western Balkan countries as well as the publication of journalistic articles, our results are raised awareness on the conditions in which journalists from Western Balkan countries operate. Through these actions, we illustrated the importance of addressing media problems immediately in order to demonstrate the key role of media freedom in the challenges of the rule of law reforms in the region. Established our cooperation as a strong regional media platform, our colleagues – journalists from Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia can safely share their experiences about the different pressures and forms of violence they are targeted with, the lack of workers rights and the effects of the links between media and center of powers.

Our project is focused on working rights which includes all sets of values you are mentioning. Working equality means gender equality and equal opportunities, needs of disabled people, rights of minorities… Working conditions are closed tight to every social group in society and it deeply affects their ability to have a life with dignity.

Preparations of the project, meetings and talks how to organise interviews, write articles, film people for video story and to preapare publication on all languages with regional view.
Till the 10th of April we published main article with regional insight in to the situation, published in 4 countries who are participating in the project, and also in media outlets not connected to it. We sent the links.
We also published till now 11 articles in mother language. 

http://kontrapress.com/clanak.php?rub=Dru%C5%A1tvo&url=Cuvari-drzavnog-ili-javnog-interesa

http://kontrapress.com/clanak.php?rub=Dru%C5%A1tvo&url=Urednicko-forsiranje-propagande

http://kontrapress.com/clanak.php?rub=Razgovori&url=Novinarsko-pitanje-je-ubijeno

http://kontrapress.com/clanak.php?rub=Razgovori&url=Causids-Novinari-sute-o-svojim-pravima

https://novatv.mk/novinarite-vo-nokdaun-i-po-stapuvaneto-na-sdsm-na-vlast/

https://novatv.mk/naser-selmani-baram-od-institutsiite-da-me-zashtitat/

https://www.cdtmn.org/2018/03/19/nevidljivo-nasilje-price-iz-lokalnih-redakcija/
https://www.cdtmn.org/2018/04/10/neprofitni-mediji-u-cg-daleko-od-novca-i-zakona/
https://www.cdtmn.org/2018/04/10/kod-velikih-oglasivaca-podigni-rucnu/

Our first text on regional level was taken in most important independent regional media (links below).
We shared all our texts on our pages, and also macedonian texts are translated to BCSM language and published on kontrapress.com. We will in future share regional themes also on page of Journalistic network. 

First regional text:

http://kontrapress.com/clanak.php?rub=Dru%C5%A1tvo&url=Sedma-sila-na-odredjeno-vreme
http://www.mc.rs/sedma-sila-na-odredjeno-vreme.6.html?eventId=71607&eventDate=2018/2/28
https://www.cdtmn.org/2018/02/09/sedma-sila-na-odredjeno-vreme/

http://novatv.mk/sedma-sila-na-odredeno-vreme/

http://www.6yka.com/novost/135569/sedma-sila-na-odredeno-vrijeme

https://www.cenzolovka.rs/pritisci-i-napadi/sedma-sila-na-odredjeno-vreme/

 

 

“This project is funded by the European Union through the small grants programme “ProtectingMedia Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans” implemented by the Croatian Journalists’ Association as part of the regional project Western Balkan’s Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety, carried out through partnership of six regional journalists’ associations – Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (IJAS), Association of BH Journalists (BHJ), Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), Association of Journalists of Kosovo (AJK), Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro (TUMM).”

 

 

Blogomania 2013 Summary

On the top of Serbia, in inspiring environment of Kopaonik Mountain, top internet authors from the region shared knowledge and experience. Blogomania 2013 showed that they are more physical than virtual beings, not taking into account some thoughts. Dave Trott, from Great Britain, the biggest star of Blogomania 2013, opened the conference with successful keynote, which draw attention of more than 550 people.

During four days of the conference, more than 950 present participants and 3.500 live stream spectators try to find answers to crucial questions – what is “good content” and “how to create it”. Moreover, lecturers presented good creative practice examples from the region. Over 80 lecturers generated 40 hours of the official program.

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Thus, the aim of Blogomania 2013 was an exchange of regional and international experience in successful stories and good content creation, both from individuals and from corporate level. Overall reflection was that this task was fulfilled, even over expectations.

Blogomania was prevailing topic on almost all social networks discussions and regional internet, for a few weeks. In addition, traditional media have given significant scope on the conference. The numerous articles were published on RTS, Studio B, Pink, Prva, TANJUG, Privredni pregled, Danas, Kurir.info, Blic, Alo, B 92, Pressonline, Ekapija, City magazin, Vrele gume, Prosvetni pregled, Tech & lifestyle,  Viblia, Telegraf, Mondo, Naxy, Marketing mreza, Personalmag, 24sata, Smedia, Radio Pink, Beograd 202, Radio Novosti, Naxy radio, Svet, Netokracija, Marketing ITD, Nadlanu, Grazia and many of others.

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In addition, around 2.400 different authors created more than 12.000 notifications on the social networks, regarding Blogomania 2013. Even 1264 pictures, with topics on Blogomania 2013, have been uploaded to the Instagram social network. Some of tham are in our gallery.

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Among lecturers, the most prominent impression to spectators has made Srđan Erceg, followed by Dave Trott. Performances of Miloš Čirič, Željko Ptiček, Goran Jankulovski and Ivan Ćosić also were remarkable. Workshops held by Ivan Rečević, Hrvoje Hafner and Nikola Vulević were distinguished. Among women, Branislava Antović and Zorana Jovanović were the best. All „Kings of content“ have got good marks, with a slight advantage of The Books of Knjige and Braća Burazeri.

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NIIT and Simplicity proudly supported Blogomania 2013. As we stated, blogging is a way of our life and thinking. Freedom of expression and creativity should be of high priority. Therefore, our conference for 2013 is over, but we will prepare much better for 2014. See you there!

Blogomania 2013 Statistics

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Share of male and female was almost equal – 53% male, 47% female.

The uppermost age groups were 25-30 years and 30-40 years (16-20 – 1%, 20-25 – 13%, 25-30 – 34%, 30-40 – 40%, 40-50 – 9%, 50+ – 2%).

Participants evaluated Blogomania 2013 with average mark 4, 22 out of 5 (excellent 35%, above average 47%, average 15%, without below average and low marks). In addition, 99 % declared their will to participate on some future event with same organization.

More than half participants followed program in the main hall (53 %), 28 % attended workshops, and 19% was present at “ladies hall”.

The most participants attended 10 and more lectures (36%), (All/almost all -22%, more than 10 – 36%, from 7 to 10 – 20%, from 5 to 7 – 16%, from 3 to 5 – 5%, from 1 to 3 – 1%, not at all – 0%.

Regarding gadgets, smart phone device has 93% of participants, laptop computers 92%, tablet 34%. The conference locations have got average mark of 4,49 out of 5, lodging 4,49 out of 5 and lectures halls 4,01 out of 5.

BLOGOMANIA 2013

Blogomaniа is regional conference dedicated to blogs and blogging. In addition, the conference is covering Internet creativity at all.

The first Blogomania took place on Stara planina, in 2012, and draw together more than 400 participants.

This year, Blogomania 2013 will take place from November 28th to December 1st on Kopaonik mountain. The Blogomania 2013 main topic would be online content in fields of blogs, digital marketing, public relations and social networks.

Focal point of conference will be questions of content: What is good content, How to generate content, Good practice examples etc.

We would like to share regional and international experience in the successful story creation, both from individuals and corporations. Recent trends in marketing have been connected to storytelling. Blogomania 2013 will give explanation of new terms and concepts, with clear distinction between storytelling and lying.

Great names of regional and international blogging and marketing will share their knowledge and experience with participants, through various forms of presentations. Proven experts, as Dave Trott, Istok Pavlovic, Kresimir Macan, Milos Ciric, Borislav Miljanovic, and many others are the best warranty for effectual brain storming.

Beside of the expert lectures, Blogomania 2013 will include workshops, panels and many less formal activities. Therefore, we expect the “Kings of Content”on Kopaonik – The Books of Knjige, Montenegro; Njuz.net, Serbia; Marko Somborac and Dragoljub Ljubicic-Micko. They produced very interesting contents, published in the media, but, moreover,  their products have high Internet popularity.

NIIT and Simplicity proudly support Blogomania 2013, with high expectations. Blogging is a way of life and thinking. Share your thoughts and experience with us. See you on Kopaonik!

South Political Promises

Once upon a time, the meteorologists have had exclusive right to spread out wrong information to public. By the time being, on the list come more and more professions. One of the most notorious are the politicians. Like meteorologists, they deliberately and seriously, with a propensity for being incorrect, offer stories to the audience. Tomorrow is a new day, time for new stories, who will know what we have promised?

The public should know what politician have said. The media have an obligation to remind the audience about that. If the public knows who is “meteorologist” and who is not, they could make the right decision on elections. From another side, the politicians, warned by the media, will take care about own words.

PERUN

In Slavic mythology, Perun is the god of thunder and lightning. Similar to him is PERUN system, software which  helps “whistleblowers” to be very loud and highlighting. On this point of Serbian political life it is very dangerous for public sector workers to openly pinpoint corruption, which they witnessed. Thus, PERUN is necessary to fight with corruption and malversations. Without accurate information from inside such struggle is impossible. Citizens have high level of confidence in Juzne vesti trustworthy and use PERUN to initiate a lot of stories.

New Media Project

South Serbia deserves media capable to cover most important local events and happenings. Juzne vesti combines modern technologies in view of information distribution. Web site, Face book and Tweeter, connected together, give to readers and follower great opportunity to be entirely, trustworthy and reliable informed.

It is nice to open conventional newspapers. However, new media concept, related to the internet, offer faster and more accurate information. Moreover, public have opportunity to give feedback and comment a news, what is real democratization of media.

Future connection and merge with video and audio channels over the Internet will give to Juzne vesti leading position among Shout Serbian media.

I have Right to Know

Brief test:

  1. Do you know who is owner of tax money?
  2. Do you know who is spending the tax money?
  3. Do you know how tax money has been spent?
  4. Do you believe that tax money has been spent according to low?
  5. Do you believe that part of tax money is going to someone’s pocket?

If you have at list one answer “NO”, you should be part of “You have right to know” project. Citizens should know who, when, why, where and how spending their money. If we know that, decision makers will take more care about own conduct.