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16 April 2009

Journalism lecture in Sarajevo

Representatives of BIRN BiH and the Association of Court Reporters hold a lecture at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.

Members of BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Association of Court Reporters, AIS, have delivered a lecture as part of the New Media journalism course at Sarajevo University. The topics were online journalism and court reporting.

BIRN - Justice Report Editor Nidzara Ahmetasevic introduced the organization, a regional network covering nine different countries, and spoke about the guiding principles followed by BIRN journalists in their work, and about the basic rules of online reporting.

Erna Mackic, a BIRN - Justice Report journalist, gave a detailed description of the proceedings that surround war-crimes trials.

The students were presented with copies of "History overshadowed by trivia - Regional media reporting on Radovan Karadzic arrest", a book on media handling of the Karadzic arrest published by BIRN - BiH in 2009.

This was the last in a series of lectures which the AIS and BIRN BiH have delivered at faculties throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The initiative arose from a proposal raised at an AIS meeting where it was suggested that members ought to try to communicate with as many citizens as possible, especially university students. The goal has been to disseminate principles of professional journalism and to highlight the crucial importance of accurate and timely coverage of war-crimes trials.

The project is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The lecture in Sarajevo was facilitated by Assistant Professor Lejla Turcilo and Professor Jelenka Vockic.
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