BIRN Summer School 2016 is organized in cooperation with the Media Program South East Europe of the

BIRN Summer School Master Class of Investigative Reporting

Polish up your investigative skills with guidance from expert international trainers in midst of Bosnia’s glorious countryside.

This year’s BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting will take place from August 21 to 27 in the ancient town of Konjic, one of the oldest settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Master class sessions with leading trainers Blake Morrison, Jim Mintz and Miranda Patrucic
  • Advanced skills for investigating with social media by Paul Myers
  • Small-group and one-one-one sessions with Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Kaiser

What It Was Like in previous years

the-summer-school-in-slovenia-in-2013 The Summer School in Slovenia in 2013

The fourth BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting was held from August 25-31 2013 at Lake Bled in Slovenia.

birn-summer-school-2012-at-lake-mavrovo-macedonia BIRN Summer School 2012 at Lake Mavrovo, Macedonia

The BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2012 was held from August 19-25 in Mavrovo, Macedonia.

birn-summer-school-2011-recap BIRN Summer School: 2011 Recap

During the second BIRN Summer School that was held in Opatija, Croatia from August 21-27 2011, BIRN gathered more than 30 trainers and 30 participants who spent six days engaging in vibrant discussion and practical training in investigative journalism techniques.

Videos for BIRN Summer School

Trainers, participants and journalists recommend BIRN Summer School.

2016 Trainers and panelists

crina-boros-07-19-2016 Crina Boros

Crina Boros is a watchdog reporter specialised in data journalism, transparency laws and cross-border reporting.

What They Said

The event was excellent. This was my first conference in investigative journalism. I will be happy if there are other events like this in the Balkans.
Gresa Musliu, BIRN Summer School participant

Thank you very much! I got back last week and have been working very long days, but thinking fondly of my time at BIRN and in Macedonia. It was great to meet you and the other journalists. You worked incredibly hard and put on a terrific programme. I left inspired, and if I can help in any way in the future, please just ask.
Mark Schoofs, Senior Editor for ProPublica

Everything was really amazing, I met the greatest people and I am sure my journalist network will be better now.
Rolando Dromundo, BIRN Summer School participant

The idea of bringing so many journalists from different parts of Europe itself is a brilliant idea, because people learn from each other. It is very rare for an organisation to bring such good journalists across the world to one place to talk about what they do and that is quite an exceptional thing that happened, and people that come here as participants will get a lot from that.
Paul Lewis, Special projects editor for The Guardian

It is great to see so many people so enthusiastic, working together on their stories. We had a discussion about interview methods and it was so interactive, that is great!
Stephen Grey, author and Thompson Reuters journalist