Within the final activities of the Future of Freedom of Information Project in Serbia, Partners Serbia once again brought together students from the Faculty of Philosophy in Nis, the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad and the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade, who participated in development of journalistic stories on the responsibility and transparency of public authorities during the Project.
The two-day workshops were organized on December 5-6, 2019 in Belgrade. On the first day, the students visited the office of the Commissioner for Access to Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, where they had a chance to hear a about the creation and development of this institution and the rights that it protects. Also, one of the students had chance to interview the new Commissioner, Mr. Milan Marinovic.
The day ended with a public event “Defending the Public in Serbia” organized by Partners Serbia together with partners on the Project, at the Center for Cultural Decontamination. As part of the event, two students who participated in the development of research stories presented their experiences in the panel discussion.
The second day began with a session in which students, mentors and the Project Team exchanged experiences and impressions related to the process of creating research stories that students made within the Project. This was followed by two sessions with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) journalists. BIRN journalist Ana Novakovic presented to students useful tools and tips for gathering information in the process of developing research stories, in a session called Data Journalism. Bojana Jovanovic from KRIK talked to students about the safety of journalists, the security of communications and the security of journalistic sources, through practical examples she encountered in her work.