Journalism Award “Nikola Mladenov” - For Best Investigative Story of the Year

Duration: 2011 -

Donor: МИМ

Description:

Macedonian Institute for Media, starting from 2001 every year is giving awards for the Best Investigative Story of the Year. This traditional award is most prestigious award in the Macedonian media community.

News and Digital Literacy Project: Where Fake News Fails

Duration: 2018 - 2020

Donor: European Union

Description: The Macedonian Institute for Media in partnership with the Institute for Communication Studies, the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers and the Media Diversity Institute - London has launched the News and Digital Literacy Project – Where Fake News Fails. The aim of the project, which will be implemented in the next three years with financial assistance from the European Union, is to improve effectiveness, responsibility and ethics of civil society and journalists in using the right of freedom of opinion and expression through promotion of news and digital literacy.

The project will contribute to increasing the knowledge of CSOs to effectively counteract fake news and unethical media reporting and will help social media users become knowledgeable consumers of online news and information and responsible active citizens. It will increase debate on news and digital literacy among journalists by emphasizing the economic and social conditions for freedom of expression.

The activities are designed in a way to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of the target groups, so that they can further promote news and digital literacy both in the media industry and among wider audience. The project foresees trainings, mentoring and re-granting of CSOs, preparation of a Social media strategy and research on the motivations of social media users, as well as production of various educational resources (videos, tutorials, blog posts, online quizzes). Within the project, campaigns and media events for social media users, journalists and CSOs will be organized. An annual media award that promotes journalism in the public interest will be organized and monthly publications for media professionals will be published.

 

Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media

Duration: 2018 – 2021

Donor: European Union

Seven media development organizations in the Western Balkans have joined forces under an EU funded project ’Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media’ to build capacities of CSOs to advance media and information literacy (MIL) in the region.

The project (2018 – 2021) strives to contribute to strengthened and vibrant civil society actively advocating for advancement of MIL policies and practices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

What will the project do?

  • Research reports will map the current state of MIL policies and practices in each country and the region as the basis for following activities.
  • MIL coalitions will be formed in each country as inter-sectorial working groups to draft advocacy plans and coordinate their implementation, supported by advocacy campaigns.
  • MIL Regional Screenshot, a one-day event, will gather various stakeholders, activists/experts and practitioners in Novi Sad, Serbia, for a regional exchange on how to advance MIL.
  • MIL Summer Festival will gather some 150 participants in Ohrid, Macedonia for educational workshops, expert panels and networking sessions featuring leading regional and EU-based experts so as to exchange knowledge and practice on innovative and creative digital solutions for promoting and teaching MIL.
  • Training future trainers will create a regional pool of 50 MIL trainers to train civil society organizations eager to advance and promote MIL across the region.
  • 40 MIL initiatives by civil society organizations will be funded by this project to raise awareness and educate about MIL and its importance.
  • Online campaigns will put in the spotlight the views about MIL of journalists, teachers and citizens – students, parents, the elderly – as the main protagonists.
  • “Journalism for Citizens” will bring renowned journalists into high schools to bring MIL closer to students focusing on media freedom and critical understanding of media contents.

The regional program “Media for Citizens – Citizens for the media: Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs for the Development of Media and Information Literacy in the Western Balkans” is implemented with the support of the European Union by partner organizations Mediacentar SarajevoAlbanian Media Institute,Macedonian Institute for MediaMontenegrin Media InstituteNovi Sad School of JournalismPeace InstituteSEENPM .

 

Partnership, Advocacy and Communication for Efficient Inclusion of People with Disability

Duration: 2020 – 2021

Donor: Civica Mobilitas

Partner: National Council of Disability Organizations of Macedonia

Overall Objective: Effective advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities in the public sphere.

Specific Objective: Establishing substantial cooperation between CSOs representing people with disabilities, journalists and relevant institutions through networking, joint coordination and practice of human rights-based journalism.

Activities: Training for strengthening the mechanisms for cooperation between PwD CSOs, journalists and relevant institutions; Training for inclusive journalism, for journalists and representatives of PwD CSOs; Production of video stories on topics related to the social inclusion of people with disabilities; Production of a video campaign for the advocacy of the rights of people with disabilities; Preparation of communication strategy and establishment of efficient channels of digital communication for the needs of NSIOM.

RESILIENCE: Civil society action to reaffirm media freedom and counter disinformation and hateful propaganda in Western Balkans and Turkey

Duration: 2018 – 2021

Donor: European Union

The three-year project is coordinated by the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM), a network of media development organizations in Central and South East Europe, and implemented in partnership with: Albanian Media Institute in Tirana, Foundation ‘Mediacentar’ in Sarajevo, Kosovo 2.0 in Pristina, Montenegro Media Institute in Podgorica, Macedonian Institute for Media in Skopje, Novi Sad School of Journalism in Novi Sad, Peace Institute in Ljubljana, and Bianet in Istanbul.

The project is implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.

The project’s (2020 – 2023) primary focus is on:

  • strengthening capacities of media CSOs and grassroot organisations through networking and cooperation regionally to improve understanding of disinformation and hateful propaganda models of media and communication in the Western Balkans and Turkey (WBT);
  • the ability of media and civil society to respond to and debunk false information, particularly online;
  • building the resilience of citizens against disinformation through the promotion of joint solution involving media professionals and other stakeholders.

Updates on project activities, outputs and products will be featured on the websites and social media channels of the partner organisations, including the SEENPM websites www.seenpm.org and www.cimusee.org.

What will the project do?

  • Research reports
    • An analysis ofpolitical-economic basis of hate, disinformation and propaganda models of media and communication;
    • Analysis of hate and disinformation narratives;
    • Research (based on opinion polls) on media trust and media-gender issues;

  • Countering hate, disinformation and propaganda
    • Production of 6 TV shows informed by the research findings and aimed at raising the awareness among media audiences of key media freedom and freedom of expression issues;
    • Regional workshop for creative teams to learn from EU experts and peers and apply fresh creative solutions to national countering narrative campaigns;
    • Disinformation countering campaign to run on social media in all seven target countries;
    • Editors’ forum (titled “Editors for Trust”) to underline the potential power that editors hold in restoring media trust, and to exchange experiences on approaches to developing sustainable business models that promote quality, trusted journalism as a means of countering disinformation;
    • Study visits to EU countries for editors from the region;
    • Production of cross-border stories using constructive journalism approach.

  • Promoting of media and information literacy (MIL) in small towns and rural areas
    • Sub-granting scheme aimed at capacity building of grassroots organisations to engage in the promotion of MIL in small towns and rural areas that may be particularly vulnerable to disinformation and propaganda.
  • Advocacy
    • Preparing overview on regulatory and self-regulatory framework in beneficiary and selected EU countries to serve as a basis for advocacy activities;
    • National advocacy activities, with findings and good practices identified in the previous activity presented to national stakeholders invited to public debates in each beneficiary country and supported by guest speakers from the region or EU member states;
    • Conclusions from public debates and analytical activities will be summarised in country specific set of recommendations and distributed broadly.