CIMU SEE - Members

Albanian Media Institute (Tirana, Albania)

The key mission of the Albanian Media Institute (AMI), established in 1995, is to provide assistance to the media in Albania in order to upgrade their professional level. Among AMI’s priorities is the development and intensification of connections between Albanian journalists and other journalists from the region.

AMI carries out its mission by implementing the following activities:

  • Providing training courses (in the country as well as abroad) for Albanian journalists;

  • Organizing round tables, seminars and debates on the freedom of speech, access to information, role of the media in democracy and other issues;

  • Supporting initiatives and projects coming from Albanian media organizations;

  • Initiating and conducting research on the Albanian media development;

  • Monitoring the Albanian media;

  • Supporting and initiating publications (books, journalism manuals and magazines);

  • Engaging in initiatives regarding media legislation and policies and in public debates on their effect and implementation;

  • Collaborating with regional and international partners on implementing joint projects.

Web: http://www.institutemedia.org/

Center for Independent Journalism (Bucharest, Romania)

Established in 1994 as a non-profit NGO, Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) works on the professionalization of media and advocates for transparency and accountability of the authorities.

CIJ offers core courses and specialized training for journalists and students of journalism, it provides consultants for media organizations and sponsors debate clubs and symposia on current issues for journalists and public figures. CIJ organizes programs for the media in Bucharest and country-wide.

CIJ is also involved in curricula development, media policy formulation and watchdogging. Its advocacy activities include focus on good governance, transparency and accountability of the authorities, stimulation of civic participation and countering hate speech.

CIJ is a member of IFEX, global network defending and promoting free expression, and the Global Forum for Media Development .

Web: www.cji.ro

Center for Independent Journalism (Budapest, Hungary)

The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a foundation that promotes quality and ethical journalism and supports independent media in Hungary and Europe.

Since its establishment in 1995, CIJ has focused its activities on raising professional skills and capacities of journalists and providing mentoring and direct assistance according to the journalists’ needs.

CIJ regularly organizes workshops, roundtable discussions and conferences (on a non-profit basis) on key issues of importance to news media.

CIJ has contributed to the strengthening of media self-regulation in Hungary.

It has always put a special emphasis on diversity reporting (Roma, gender, migration).

CIJ cooperates with Hungarian and international CSOs. It is a member of IFEX, global network defending and promoting free expression.

Web: http://www.cij.hu/

Independent Journalism Center (Chisinau, Moldova)

Independent Journalism Center (IJC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political private institution that provides assistance to journalists and media outlets in the Republic of Moldova.

The IJC mission is to facilitate the development of an informed society by strengthening a free and viable press, including new media, by means of projects that provide education in journalism and public relations, advocacy media campaigns, research, media literacy, and non-profit journalistic products.

One of the IJC leading projects is the Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism. Launched in 2006, this School provides a ten month postgraduate program in journalism for 20 persons coming from different academic backgrounds.

Providing free-of-charge assistance to the journalism community in the form of counselling or representation in court was the basis for creating IJC and it continues to draw interest of media outlets.

IJC’s diverse trainings led by experienced local and foreign trainers often bring together journalists from around the country. IJC expands the range of training topics to always meet the latest needs of media professionals.

Development of advocacy campaigns and activities by the IJC and creation of multimedia products to support them are the main production services of IJC.  IJC produces social messages, human interest stories and video reports.

In addition to publishing news about media on its Media Azi web portal, IJC offers two regular publications: the biannual analytical magazine Mass Media in Moldova in digital format and the Mass Media Guide.

In March 2016 IJC launched a new media literacy web portal, Mediacritica.md, aimed to fight cases of propaganda and manipulation in Moldovan media.

IJC also conducts audience research and studies on the needs of the media and monitors print and broadcast media (during and after elections, as well as on particular topics).

IJC was established in 1994 as a project of the Open World House and became an independent organization in 1998.

Web: www.media-azi.md

Investigative Journalism Center (Zagreb, Croatia)

Established in 2003 as a non-profit NGO, Investigative Journalism Center (IJC) supports development of investigative reporting in Croatia and in other countries of the South East Europe.

IJC has a pool of trainers/mentors, it organizes investigative reporting workshops and cooperates with similar organizations.

IJC is the Croatian partner in the South East European Media Observatory project since 2013.

Web: www.cin-ijc.com

IPS Communication Foundation / bianet.org (Istanbul, Turkey)

The vision of the IPS Communication Foundation / Independent Communication Foundation (BIA), founded in 1993, is that of free, critical and pluralistic media in Turkey that respect people’s differences and uphold their rights.

The unique contribution of IPS to the realization of its vision with its expertise and strengths is to ensure that the voices of the ignored and silenced are increasingly heard in the public debate. IPS does this by providing unbiased, inclusive and actionable news reporting, as well as by experience and knowledge sharing.

IPS focuses its work on three areas that it considers indivisible for the achievement of its objectives:

  • The Editorial Desk of the website Bianet.org works towards becoming an example of independent news channel, acting as an open space for sharing and producing reliable and non-biased news on human rights.

  • Freedom of Expression – IPS/BIA monitors and publishes news and reports on the developments regarding freedom of expression and press freedom, particularly violations and the struggle in this domain. IPS/BIA prepares quarterly monitoring reports that act as a database and lobbying material for the movement advocating freedom of expression rights locally (in the challenging and restrictive legal and de facto situation) and globally.

  • Training and Capacity Building – IPS/BIA provides training programs and resource materials for the promotion of independent and rights-based journalism. Training is delivered to working journalists and fresh graduates of communication faculties. Also, IPS/BIA publishes books and other resources that provide information about rights-based journalism, available in the BIA online library .

Web: www.bianet.org/english

Kosovo Media Institute (Pristina, Kosovo*)

Kosovo Media Institute (KMI) is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization, envisioned as a training and media advocacy center for the media sector in Kosovo*.

It was established at the request of Kosovo’s* media outlets to be serving their needs.

Instrumental in bringing about the KMI was OSCE which provided needed equipment and for a certain period supported KMI’s operational costs.

KMI objectives are :

  • To enhance professional skills of journalists in Kosovo*

  • To enhance professional skills of media professionals in Kosovo*

  • To support development of independent, free and pluralistic media in Kosovo*

  • To develop strong relationship between journalists and media professionals in Kosovo* and those abroad, especially in the region of South East Europe

  • To organize and implement PR and other activities for interested organizations thus increasing its revenues in order to become more self-sustained

KMI offers:

  • Pre-career journalism diploma course

  • Mid-career journalism course

  • Tailor-made courses

  • Air time of local radio stations to media buyers

  • PR services

  • Rental of training premises fully equipped with training and media related equipment

Macedonian Institute for Media (Skopje, Macedonia)

Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organisation founded by the Danish School of Journalism, USAID/IREX ProMedia and the Macedonian Press Centre.

The Institute has gradually grown into a massive media platform in Macedonia whose professional network encompasses the bulk of the country’s media outlets.

MIM enables free and easy access to media literature, up-to-date resources for professional development and education, media research and analyses. It also provides opportunities for collaborative production.

The Institute is a founder of the School of Journalism and Public Relations, an educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science, offering graduate and postgraduate studies in journalism and communication.

MIM’s mission is to encourage and continuously support the development of professional standards in journalism, media and public communication, aiming to support the improvement of the democratic processes in the Republic of Macedonia.

Web: http://mim.org.mk/en/

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Media and Reform Center Nis (Nis, Serbia)

Media and Reform Center Niš (MIRC) was established in 2005 as a non-profit and non-partisan organization primarily focused on the City of Niš and the region of South Serbia.

To achieve its vision – developed democratic society through active participation of citizens in decision-making processes – MIRC strengthens the capacities of journalists and media, provides support for the work and visibility of civil society organizations, and cooperates with local authorities and business sector.

In its work MIRC stands for:

  • freedom of speech and thoughts;

  • promoting the rights of minorities;

  • tolerance of different groups in society;

  • promoting the values of open and democratic society;

  • promotion of EU values in Serbia and the meaning of EU integration process.

The main activities of MIRC are:

  • planning and organizing various public events;

  • conducting researches and analyzes of media environment and media content;

  • TV production;

  • professional training for media and civil society organizations.

Web: http://mirc.rs/en/

Media Center Caglavica (Pristina, Kosovo*)

Media Center is an NGO, based in Caglavica (Pristina), that provides media and communication related services with the aim to harmonize and advance social and economic relations in Kosovo* and democracy development.

Established in 2008, Media Center enables its users to present their ideas and programs to national and international public in the form of public debates, press conferences and other forms of events (with simultaneous translation in English, Serbian and Albanian).

Media Center is also developing educational activities with the aim to professionalize journalists and other media workers and help their advancement.

Media Center has well-developed video production. One of its most popular products is TV talk show Slobodno srpski (Speak Serbian Freely), available at www.slobodnosrpski.com .

Web: www.medijacentar.info

Media Center LTD (Belgrade, Serbia)

Media Center was founded in 1994 by the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) with the aim to bring together and protect independent print and electronic media outlets and promote freedom of speech.

During the 1990s, Media Center established itself as a source of news that only the most courageous media outlets dared to report on.

It grew into an institution that offers a wide range of media-related services, with a modern press center and state-of-the-art equipment. It remains the place where crucial issues are discussed openly and where the news begins. Media Center is always available to the media and to those who need to approach the media.

Media Center has implemented activities targeting relevant social and human rights issues, especially media freedoms.

Web: www.mc.rs

Media Development Center (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Media Development Center (MDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1998 to promote independent media in Bulgaria and to foster capacity-building of the media.

The latter has been done by encouraging good practice in journalism, stimulating professional ethics, and institutionalizing dialogue among the state administration, the media and the NGO sector.

One of the aims of MDC has been to boost networking and cross-border cooperation of media professionals in the region of Southeast Europe. MDC has been developing and implementing media projects in Bulgaria and abroad.

MDC’s  main areas of activity are:

  • education and training for media professionals and journalism students in Bulgaria;

  • professional training for journalists and media managers from Southeast Europe;

  • training courses in language skills for the media;

  • support for the development of the free media market;

  • research, consultancy and information services on media and for the media;

  • publication of media-related books and training materials;

  • media events; conferences, round-tables, discussions.

Web: http://www.mediacenterbg.org/en/

Media Plan Institute (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Founded in 1995, Media Plan Institute (MPI) is active in three main areas: education, research and production. MPI is well known for its media content analysis, with the emphasis on media coverage of election campaigns.

MPI specialized in the area of development and promotion of diversity and related human rights, with the emphasis on children and marginalized groups.

MPI has an exceptionally well developed network of associates from the entire former Yugoslavia.

Media Plan Institute is the founder of Media Initiatives in 2005, a non-profit organization for the development of media and promotion of independent journalism. The aim of Media Initiatives is raising public awareness on the importance of developing democracy and tolerant public dialog, respect for human rights and diversity.

Media Initiatives organizes training programs, seminars and media conferences aimed at supporting development of modern professional and ethical media. It is also active in media production, research and publishing.

 

Web:
Media Plan Institute
http://www.mediaplan.ba/
Media Initiatives
http://www.medijskeinicijative.ba/

Mediacentar Sarajevo (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mediacentar Sarajevo is committed to improving the overall state of journalism, media professionalism and media freedoms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Southeast Europe through educational, research, advocacy and web-based programs.

Founded in 1995, Mediacentar has a long tradition of training journalists from B&H and the region on a range of relevant topics. It also has a significant record in media research.

Mediacentar is the home to two important projects: Infobiro  – the only searchable digital archive containing all key B&H print dailies and weeklies, and the web portal MC Online  – the leading online resource for education of journalist and media professionals.

Mediacentar also provides training and consultancy services in the field of communication and outreach.

Web: www.media.ba

Montenegro Media Institute (Podgorica, Montenegro)

Montenegro Media Institute was established in 2000 as a non-profit and non-political organisation dedicated to the improvement of professional and ethical standards in journalism.

MMI has developed number of professional trainings and programs for journalists and media workers, including six months long MMI Journalism School as a pillar training program conducted according to the curriculum of the Danish School of Journalism.

MMI has also developed media monitoring capacities and it has been implementing surveys on media landscape and media market, thus contributing to the transparency of the media sector in Montenegro.

Through membership in SEENPM, Montenegro Media Institute has taken part in a number of regional projects in the field of professional communication, media research and education.

Web: http://mminstitute.org/

Novi Sad School of Journalism (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ), founded in 1996, is a civil society organization dedicated to the development and professionalization of the media scene in Serbia and the region.

It respects the values of truth, knowledge and critical approaches in a multilingual, multicultural and multinational environment and fosters a moderate and tolerant dialogue.

Project activities of the organization are focused on:

  • increasing the professional capacities in the media sector;

  • monitoring and analysis of media content;

  • education of the various target groups about media literacy;

  • advocacy that aims to contribute to the democratization and development of civil society and the promotion of European values.

Web: http://www.novinarska-skola.org.rs/

Peace Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies (PI) is a non-profit research institution and civil society organisation established in 1991. It develops interdisciplinary research and combined academic research with advocacy in various fields of public policy.

Its Media Program develops analysis of media policy and practices in Slovenia and facilitates public debates on media freedom and media development in Slovenia and the Western Balkans by introducing comparative regional and international perspective. It gathers dozens media researchers and journalists from Slovenia and the region in critical studies of the media transition. It supports media reforms by contributing to the development of media regulation and self-regulation, and monitoring of their implementation.

Peace Institute was among founding members of the SEENPM, through which it led several regional research and advocacy projects aimed at critical assessment of media and politics, including the regional projects on media ownership (2003/2004) and on media integrity of the media (SEE Media Observatory, 2012-2016, implemented through regional partnership).

Peace Institute has participated in EU media policy studies and has also been part of the initiatives for stronger policy engagement of the European Union in the protection of media freedom and pluralism in the EU member states.

Web: http://www.mirovni-institut.si/

Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) (Istanbul, Turkey)

Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) is a timely initiative to support and promote editorial independence in the Turkish press at the time when the journalistic profession is under fierce commercial and political pressure.

P24 is a not-for-profit, civil society organization which has as its founders several experienced members of the Turkish press. It was established with a broad mission to build the capacity of the Turkish media, create a public appetite for media independence, define and promote best journalistic practice, and more specifically to encourage the transition to web-based journalism.

It does so using various strategies:

  • leading by its own example (providing content; organizing projects to encourage investigative journalism with independent funding);

  • by organizing training for young professionals;

  • by providing assistance to news websites of proven integrity;

  • by bringing issues of media integrity to public attention.

In a nutshell, P24 attempts to prove the value of free and independent press to a society which has lost confidence in established media.

Web: www.platform24.org

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