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Albanian Media Institute - Tirana Albania
The Albanian Media Institute is an independent organization established in 1995 to provide further assistance to the existing media in Albania in order to upgrade their professional level. Also, among AMI's priorities is the development and intensification of contacts between Albanian journalists and other journalists from the region.
Analysis performed by: Ilda Londo, who has a BA in Journalism-Mass Media Communications and in International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria, obtained in 2000. She has worked as Research Coordinator at the Albanian Media Institute since 2001. She has been dealing with various research projects where AMI has been involved, such as research on media ownership and concentration, ethnic minorities coverage, media landscape surveys, broadcasting development trends, self-regulation and ethical issues, etc.
Media Development Center – Sofia, Bulgaria
The Media Development Center, Sofia (MDC) was established in 1998 to promote the development of independent media in Bulgaria and to foster capacity building of the media by encouraging good practice in journalism, ethics, networking and cross-border cooperation.
Analysis performed by: Danail Danov, Program Director at the Media Development Center, Sofia. His overall capacity covers media and communications research, analysis and journalism. Over the years he has worked as reporter, presenter, producer, editor, and head of news and current affairs at various radio stations such as Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Express and BBC World Service. For three years he was Deputy Chair of the Management Board of the Bulgarian National Radio. Trainer in news reporting and media management for BBC, DW, RNTC and MDC, Danail Danov is also the author of dozens of articles published in Bulgaria and abroad.
Media Plan Institute – Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Media Plan Institute is an independent organization for research, education and development of media in Bosnia-Herzegovina and South East Europe. It established an ever-widening network of media organizations, media professionals and experts, transcending the boundaries of language, politics and culture in the pursuit of excellence in both knowledge and practice.
Analysis performed by: Davor Marko, who holds an MA in Human Rights and Democracy, which he received from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2005/06). He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia, Department for Journalism, (1999/2004), and specialized in broadcasting journalism at the Media Plan High School of Journalism in Sarajevo (2003/04). He has been involved in several media research projects at Media Plan Institute, such as monitoring of daily news cover pages, monitoring and analysis of treatment of neighboring countries in Serbian and Bosnian daily newspapers, and treatment of religion in media in Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a journalist he works as a correspondent for several regional magazines, namely Ekonomist from Belgrade, Novi Pogledi and Dani from Sarajevo, and Hrvatska Riječ from Subotica.
International Center for Education of Journalists – Opatija, Croatia
The International Center for Education of Journalists in Opatija, Croatia, was founded in 1998 as a non-governmental and non-profit organization. Its main area of activity is education and improvement of professional skills of journalists.
Analysis performed by: Viktorija Car, Teaching and Research Assistant at the Journalism Department of the Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb. After obtaining a Master’s Degree (Transformation of State Television into Public Service Television – Comparative Analysis of HRT and RTV Slovenia), she enrolled in Ph.D. studies in communication science in Ljubljana. She spent one doctoral semester at the University of Lund, Sweden, where she studied narratives and myths in TV news; her advisor was Prof. Peter Dahlgren. She worked as a journalist at Croatian Television and a local TV station. She was General Manager of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists. Her scientific work and research is focused on media, especially television. She published several studies and presented her papers on many international conferences.
Center for Independent Journalism – Budapest, Hungary
The Center for Independent Journalism in Budapest is a non-profit organization established in 1995. Radio and TV news production, newspaper editing and publishing skills, media ethics, Roma mainstream internship program, and cooperation with Central and South Eastern European organizations are its main areas of activities.
Analysis performed by: Peter Bajomi-Lazar (born 1969), Director of Research and Associate Professor of Communication at King Sigismund College, Budapest. He also works as the Editor of Mediakutato (Media researcher, a Hungarian media studies quarterly) and an activist for the Hungarian Press Freedom Center. Borbala Toth (born 1983), who graduated from the Budapest Business School, College of Commerce, with a BA in Media Management. She is Press Officer at the Cervantes Institute, Budapest. She also works as a freelance journalist and an activist for the Hungarian Press Freedom Center.
Macedonian Institute for Media – Skopje, Macedonia
The Macedonian Institute for Media was founded in 2001 as a non-profit independent organisation, open for all media and journalists in Macedonia. The institute has 86 individual and media organization members from around Macedonia, including print and broadcast media, news agencies and professional associations of journalists.
Analysis performed by: David Vitkov, who holds a Master’s Degree in European Integration and Regionalism from the University of Graz (Graz, Austria). Obtained Bachelor of Arts (Honours), with a Major in Political Science, at The University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia). From 2005 he has worked as Project Manager at the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” Skopje (NGO). He works on the implementation of scientific and research projects, conducting public opinion surveys. From 2000-2005 he has worked with the Australian-Macedonian Human Rights Committee Inc.
Independent Journalism Center – Chisinau, Moldavia
The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) in Chisinau was established in 1994 to facilitate the development of news media in Moldova through the support and promotion of professionalism among journalists, as well as through the development of independent media organizations in the country.
Analysis performed by: "IJC Research Department"
Montenegro Media Institute – Podgorica, Montenegro
The Montenegro Media Institute is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation, established to promote professional standards in media of Montenegro. Its main areas of activity are training, publishing, production and media consulting, as well as support of media in transition and legislative initiative.
Analysis performed by: Association of Young Journalists of Montenegro
Center for Independent Journalism – Bucharest, Romania
The Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest is a non-governmental non-profit organisation established in 1994 to offer courses and specialized training for journalists and media organizations
Analysis performed by: Manuela Preoteasa, Managing Partner of the on-line publication HotNews.ro and EurActiv.ro. Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, she specialised in economic journalism, with a focus on investigative reporting. She wrote a number of works focusing on media ownership and finance, and was the Romanian country reporter for EUMAP “Television across Europe: Regulation, Policy and Independence (2005)”, as well as the editor of the study “Media: The Business of Ethics, the Ethics of Business”, published by the Romanian Center for Independent Journalism - SEENPM (2006).
Novi Sad School of Journalism – Novi Sad, Serbia
The school is a non-governmental organization founded in 1999 with the aim to support tolerant journalism in multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual Vojvodina through education, research and public actions.
Analysis performed by: Dubravka Valić Nedeljković, who received a Ph. D. from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. She is one of the founders and President of the Managerial Board of NSSJ and Associate Professor of Introduction to Media and Radio Journalism at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Novi Sad. She teaches media genres/stylistics and media discourse analysis. She deals with media discourse analysis with special accent on media in multiethnic and multilingual environments. Her fields of interest are media and multiculturalism. She was the NSSJ “Media Monitoring” project leader. She is a recipient of many journalistic awards for news radio programme and radio reportage. Višnja Bačanović, student of postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University - Department of Communication. Conducted research projects: Research on the Living Conditions of Roma in the Territory of Vojvodina, Office for the Inclusion of Roma, 2006; Research on the Status of Roma Women in the Territory of Vojvodina, 2006, for the Office for the Inclusion of Roma - Executive Council of Vojvodina; Analysis of Print Daily and Weekly Media about the Tribunal in The Hague, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, 2005. She participated in around 10 public opinion research projects in the territory of Vojvodina, Serbia and Montenegro, in all phases of research, as an associate at the Agency for Public Opinion and Market Research “Strategic Marketing” from Belgrade.
Editor in Chief
Radenko Udovičić is Program Director of the Media Plan Institute and head of the firm’s research center. He started working in journalism in 1991 at the private local radio and television station Studio 99. During the war he was News Program Editor for this media outlet. He moved to Media Plan Institute in 1996, where he specialized in content analysis. During his professional career, he worked in all media – from radio and television, to press and web. He worked as a correspondent for many media outlets from the region and for Radio Free Europe in South Slav Languages. Radenko Udovičić has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Sarajevo Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the Faculty of Philosophy of Tuzla, Department of Journalism.