Sun, Fun and Journalism by the Croatian Seaside

Spend a fun-packed week on the lovely Croatian coast and hone your investigative journalism skills with an elite line-up of experts in the field, August 21-27, 2011 in Opatija, Croatia

Building on a successful pilot year that saw both students and trainers enjoy a week of vibrant, interactive and practical training, in the unique setting of Serbia's Petrovaradin Fortress, we are now packing our bags for one of Croatia's most attractive seaside destinations on the most coveted coastline in Europe.

Learn from Leading Experts in the Profession

A five-star line-up

Sheila Coronel, Lead Trainer

Director and Professor of Professional Practice at Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism

Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw

Visiting professor in online journalism at City University London and Course Leader of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University

Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson

Database editor for the News and Current Affairs Department at Sveriges Television, the national broadcasting company in Sweden.

Nick Davies

Nick Davies

Senior Journalist at Guardian, bestselling author of Flat Earth News, on falsehood and distortion in the media, and a former Journalist of the Year

Randal Joyce

Randall Joyce

Producer at CBS News

Paul Radu

Paul Radu

Co-founder of Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism, and Balkan Organized Crime and Corruption Project, Knight International Journalism Fellow

See the full list of trainers

This year's BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting features a superb line-up of journalists and trainers.

They will converge to cover various aspects and techniques of investigative reporting with practical knowledge, examples and case studies from their fields of expertise.

Interactive and Practical Training Programme

The week-long training programme is designed to provide you with lectures and sessions centred around practical examples and case studies, while maintaining an interactive and discussion-oriented approach and environment.

Through the programme you will learn basic investigative techniques, to structure an investigation and preparing a story memo, about computer-assisted reporting skills, to use the web and public records as sources of information and more.

Investigative Initiative Fund for the Best Story Idea

Agenda 2011

  • Curriculum
  • Discussion Panels
  • Timetable

From day one, students will work and collaborate actively in small groups to pitch an investigative story idea. The Investigative Initiative Fund will sponsor the best proposal and the winners will have the opportunity to research and develop their idea into a full story.

And Finally, Lots of Sun and Fun

This year, The BIRN Summer School is set in Opatija, on the beautiful and entertainment-rich Croatian Adriatic coast.
The program schedule has left set aside plenty of leisure time to allow you to enjoy swimming, make scenic visits to neighboring landmarks or enjoy the lively summer nightlife of the beautiful Kvarner Bay.

Scenic view of Opatija, Croatia

The Venue: Opatija is a charming seaside town on the Croatian Adriaitic Coast

Find out More about the venue for the 2011 BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporitng (Travel Directions, Gallery and Map)

So, if you are a mid-career professional, advanced student or media expert, take this unique opportunity to both recharge your batteries and have a productive summer, and pick up some essential tips and tricks of the investigative journalist trade.

Click here to read the enrolment requirements, fill in the application form and spend a fantastic summer with the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Journalism

Summer School 2012

BIRN Summer School 2012: Venue and Travel

The third BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting will take place at the Hotel Radika in Leunovo, Macedonia.  The hotel is positioned along Lake Mavrovo and is a famous spa resort.

BIRN Summer School 2012: Enrolment 2012

Please read the application requirements for the BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2012.

BIRN Summer School 2012: Agenda

Day to day agenda of the Third Summer School, with all scheduled activities and lectures

BIRN Summer School
August 19 – 25, 2012

Arrival: Sunday, August 19, 2012
 Radika Hotel, Mavrovo, Macedonia