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New Media Strategies – Sarajevo

Radio Sputnik, will it fly or will it die? The editorial proposition, sustainable business plan, workflows and technical details for an imaginary radio station and internet site for Zagreb, Croatia, were pieced together during a 48-hour interactive workshop on New Media Strategies at the SHC HQ in Sarajevo, BiH. The creation of the editorial, financial […]

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Makfax, Skopje, Macedonia

In a rented office on the 17th floor of the state-run Macedonian TV building, the independent news agency, Makfax, is planning for the future. Makfax aims to deliver ‘unbaised, impartial and true coverage of the most important political and economic events’ in Macedonia, and is the only news agency that covers issues in the three […]

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Mediacentar, Sarajevo

The Mediacentar, SarajevoPicture courtesy Nataša Mirković Imagine a set of editorial guidelines that are continually updated, with journalists in every corner of the world able to edit them, add to them, challenge and stretch them, enhance and polish them. Such an online resource could be a vibrant, best-practice guide, reflecting the views of journalists from […]

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B92 and the death of Milosevic

A thick blanket of snow fell on Belgrade on Monday, March 13, following the death of former President, Slobodan Milosevic two days earlier. When I arrived on the Sunday at lunchtime, people in Belgrade appeared to be going about life as normal. It was cold and wet with few venturing out on the street. International […]

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Novi List, Rijeka, Croatia

The old printing press in the Novi List reception For 15 years, Novi List, a regional daily newspaper in Rijeka, Croatia, was produced using the Soviet-built press pictured above. Now the old press sits in the Novi List reception as a relic of the past and the company has a state-of-the-art printing operation churning out […]

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A1+ Yerevan, Armenia

Making the final cuts to an A1+ news package The fog, that engulfed Yerevan airport for ten days just before Christmas 2005, finally lifted, although the air quality remained poor with grey skies and clouds of industrial pollution hanging over the city. There was also tension in the air following the referendum that many felt […]

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Syria News – Damascus, Syria

The border crossing point between Lebanon and Syria After a week in Lebanon, visiting a mix of media operations involved in broadcasting and print, I made my way to Syria. The Lebanon and Syria visits were arranged as part of the BBC World Service Trust’s Middle East and North Africa Media Dialogue (MENA) project. The […]

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MDLF training – Kotor, Montenegro

The pier outside the hotel where the media training was held The coastline at Kotor, an old medieval city in southern Montenegro, is rugged, dramatic, spectacular, awesome and foreboding. In places, the cliffs seem to falls directly to the sea. A twisting coastal road clings to the rocks in places. At times it is only […]

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Media training – ANEM, Belgrade, Serbia

The New Media Strategies summit at ANEM in Belgrade brought together another batch of media operations from across the Balkans. Their main concern was creating sustainable Web publishing using content already created for their TV, radio, or print businesses. Zoran Zivkovic of the Swedish Helskini Committee on Human Rights (SHC) and an MDLF advisor, was […]

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68H, Jakarta, Indonesia

Drinking tea with Heru, Editor-in-Chief at 68H I loved the outdoor canteen at the Tempo Centre in Jakarata, home for the radio station 68H. Each lunchtime we ate at a small cafe under the shade of shrubs. Each day were sampled local dishes cooked in front of us. It was wonderful stuff. Heru, the Editor-in-Chief, […]