Macedonia in the digital age - between rights and responsibilities while communicating on Internet

Duration: 2015-

Donor: U.S. Embassy, Skopje

Description: To engage media, officials and institutions, CSOs, educators and the public in more responsible, respectful and democratic online public discourse in Macedonia, supportive of the rule of law, protection of citizens rights and democratic development of the country in the digital era. Project objectives: - To raise the level of knowledge and awareness among media professionals, institutions, CSOs, education experts, students and young people and the wider Internet public on their rights and responsibilities while engaging in public communication through the Internet; - To provide relevant and credible information and data on legislation, practices and issues relevant to different aspects of communication through Internet; - To intensify the debate on different legal aspects of Internet communication between all relevant stakeholders - used not only to share knowledge and experiences, but also to generate ideas, proposals and solutions to emerging problems regarding Internet communication.

Regional EU award scheme for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey

Duration: 2015-2018

Donor: EU

Description: The EU award for investigative journalism aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in theWestern Balkans countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) and Turkey.. 
The award is established by the European Commission, DG Enlargement, following the EU Enlargement strategy which recognizes strong need for ensuring freedom of expression in the media, and for support to investigative journalism to monitor the reform processes and to keep the historical momentum toward the EU accession.
The EU award for investigative journalism will be given each year in each of seven countries in the period of three years: in 2015 (rewarding the investigative journalism works and achievements in 2014), in 2016 (for achievements in 2015) and in 2017 (for achievements in 2016).
The award is administered by the regional partnership of civil society organisations, coordinated by the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, which was selected for that task by the European Commission. The European Commission will supervise and approve each important step in the awarding procedures.

Media Accountability in South East Europe

Duration: 2014

Donor: European Commission and the Directorate General for Enlargement

Description: The project is implemented by the UNESCO, the Macedonian Institute for Media is the main regional partner of the project. The project activities are focused on supporting the work of press councils, facilitating the establishment of press council and raising awareness on media accountability in South East Europe

South-East European Partnership for Media Development

Duration: 2013 – 2017

Donor: European Commission, the Civil Society Facility, Media Freedom and Accountability Programme, EuropeAid/134613/C/ACT/MULT

Description: The Center for Independent Journalism (Romania) is the international coordinator of the project. The Macedonian Institute for Media is one of the 8 partner organisations from the region;
SEE Partnership for Media Development is aimed to improve the ability of media organisations to address working conditions and education level of journalists, broaden their knowledge and skills, as well as to improve their attitude with respect to advocacy and media literacy. The project also aims to inform and generate educated public debates on freedom of expression in general, and media freedom in particular, to broaden the stakeholders’ and civic support for media sector reform processes.

South East European Media Observatory

Duration: 2012 –2017

Donor: European Union, Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) Civil Society Facility (CSF)

Description: Implemented by the consortium team of 7 civil society organizations form the region: Peace Institute, Ljubljana (project leader), Albanian Media Institute, Tirana, Media Center Sarajevo, Investigative Journalism Center, Zagreb, Center for Independent Journalism, Budapest, Macedonian Institute for Media, Skopje, and  Novi Sad School of Journalism.
SEE Media Observatory is a regional partnership of civil society organisations aimed at enhancing media freedom and pluralism, and influencing media reforms in the countries of South East Europe. It addresses obstacles to democratic development of media systems by providing a regional instrument for media research and monitoring, support to investigative journalism and civil society engagement. It also offers a regional framework for debates, consultations and coalitions among key stakeholders.
SEE Media Observatory particularly addresses the problems with integrity of media and journalism in the region, focusing on harmful patterns of media ownership and media finances.

Tackling hate speech in public discourse in Macedonia

Duration: 2013 - 2015

Donor: British Embassy Skopje

Description: The aim of this project was to create understanding among youth, prominent public figures and the media about hate speech and effects of its use in public discourse. Also, the project was focused on promoting new values in public communication, as well as on supporting media in challenging instances of hate speech.
Within the project, MIM conducted set of activities focused on development of informative and educational on-line resource tools to serve as a platform to foster on-line and public debates on how to recognize & react upon use of hate speech, as well as promotion of new values in public communication and increased awareness and understanding among population about use of hate speech thought organizing creative and innovative public outreach campaign. In that purpose MIM created the website www.bezomrazno.mk .
The main project results include: 9 debates on hate-speech related topics; 6 short documentaries; 7 flash mobs against hate speech, performed by young people in 7 cities in the country; 9 multimedia guerrilla tools against hate speech, 4 public opinion surveys on different aspects of hate speech in the public communication.

Media Accountability in South East Europe

Duration: 2014

Donor: European Commission and the Directorate General for Enlargement

Description: The Macedonian Institute for Media was the main regional partner of the project. The project activities were focused on supporting the work of press councils, facilitating the establishment of press council and raising awareness on media accountability in South East Europe.

 

CSOs Watchdog Network to Prevent Spoils and Conflict of Interest in the Public Administration

Duration: 2013 - 2015

Donor: Funded by the European Commission through the IPA Civil Society Facility program

Description: The project Implemented by the Institute for Democracy SOCIETAS CIVILIS Skopje (IDSCS), in partnership with the Ohrid Institute for Economic Strategies and International Affairs (OI) and the Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM);

The main project objective was to enhance the role and contribution of civil society in good governance and the process of EU integration. In particular, the project contributed in fostering the inclusion of civil society organizations (CSOs) and the wider civil society in the reform of public administration.

Strengthening cooperation between CSOs and media for pursuing human rights and freedom of expression

Duration: 2012 - 2014

Donor: Delegation of the European Union

Description: The overall objective of the action was to strengthen the cooperation and to establish cross-sector links between civil society and media, aiming to be a driving force in promotion of human rights, freedom of expression and independent media. The specific objectives of the project were to improve information sharing and incite constructive debate among CSOs and media by organizing cross sector activities; to strengthen the influence of CSOs over the public opinion by giving CSOs voice in the media; to strengthen the capacities of journalists and media to pursue professional journalism and promote freedom of expression by producing human rights driven investigative stories; to provide citizens with high quality information of public interest via media.
The main project results include: 29 interviews with representatives of the CSOs and media in order to explore their attitudes and perceptions on the mutual cooperation among media and CSOs active in the area of human rights; a national conference on cooperation between Human Rights CSOs and Media, which gathered 100 participants; a training in investigative journalism with a focus on HR; web-platform Aktiv.mk on which 13 investigative stories and more than 100 articles were published; White Paper on cooperation between the CSOs and media.

Strengthening Professional Capacities of Editors and Managers of the Media in Macedonia

Duration: 2012

Donor: German Embassy

Description: The goal of the project was to strengthen professional capacities of editors and managers of the media and to contribute into long term development of the media sector in Macedonia.

MIM had conducted the Project activities in cooperation with the School of Journalism and Public Relations, two Dutch journalist and media educators, who were closely involved in the process of development of the Action plan and thus familiar with the Macedonian media sphere, as well as with the Peace Institute from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The project initiated wide debate in the media sphere and had predominantly positive feedback from the media community. Around 150 journalists, editors, media manages and media experts were embraced through different activities of the project (1. Forum for editorial values - event for middle level editors; 2.Study program for editors-in-chief of most relevant national media; 3.Interactive conference for media managers; 4.“Media clinics” – consultancies for media managers), that represents a good response of the media community in Macedonia.

The Roma Visibility Project

Duration: 2011 – 2013

Donor: EU (PA 2009: Instrument for Civil Society)

Description: The Roma Visibility Project, aimed at enhancing the presence of Roma issues in the public sphere in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia, is implemented by Transitions Online, in partnership with Macedonian Institute for Media, Media Center Sarajevo, the Novi Sad School of Journalism, and the Roma Information Center from Sarajevo.

In the activities implemented within this project, 18 Roma and non-Roma journalists from Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia were trained on reporting on issues that affect the Roma community by prominent international and regional trainers. The project also carried out country-workshops aimed at practical production of multi-media stories for participants from each of the countries, and production of multi-media stories which are published on the web portal www.tocak.org, created in the frames of this project. Also, within the project a regional conference was organized in autumn of 2011 in Novi Sad, as well as study visits of journalists from one country in other countries that are part of this project that resulted in producing of more stories with a regional approach.

 

Monitoring of the Parliamentary elections 2011

Duration: 2011

Donor: Swiss Development Cooperation Agency

Description: In total 13 national media (7 national TVs and 6 national newspapers) were monitored two weeks during the campaign and two preliminary alerts were published during that period. The goal of the project is to asses if the journalists and media respect the professional standards during the reporting in the campaign. The final report was presented and published in July 2011.

Strengthening inter ethnic communication between nigh school students across Macedonia by using multimedia tools – Multi via media

Duration: 2010-2011

Donor: US Embassy in Macedonia

Description: The general goal of the project was to help the society overcome the existing interethnic divisions and promote social cohesion and democratic participation, especially among the young citizens. The direct goal was to make the young people understand that although they belong to the different communities, they share same needs and interests, which are more in numbers and more important than the differences that divide them.

For this purpose, MIM in cooperation with the School of Journalism and Public Relations (SJPR), organized five-days workshop in Ohrid, on which participated 33 high school students of different ethnicity, who were introduced to the basic tools for creating online multimedia contents and their placement on the Web; competition “Express yourself through the Media“ that was opened for all high school students across Macedonia, who were invited to participate with a photo story, video clip or other media products dealing with interethnic relations, expressing their attitudes and perceptions regarding other communities that live in Macedonia; one-day workshop for preparation of The National Youth Declaration for the Improvement of Interethnic Relations attended by 36 students of different ethnicity from all over Macedonia.

All the media products created by the students were placed on the first high school web platform www.multiviamedia.edu.mk, that was created within the project. The web platform is open to all interested students who want to share their experiences and ideas with their peers from other ethnic communities by means of creating media products on different topics related to their immediate environment.

Project "Broadcasting the EU"

Duration: 2010-2011

Donor: European Commission

Description: MIM in cooperation with TV Kanal 5(national-based TV) produced and aired 21 episodes of the quiz show "Europe go (Odime vo EU)".

Series Analysis regarding the situation in the media sphere in Macedonia

Duration: 2010-2011

Donor: Fridrich Ebert Stiftung

Description: During these two years, MIM and SJPR produced and published 3 analysis on specific issues important for the media sphere in Macedonia:
- “Analysis of the situation with the media of ethnic communities in the Republic of Macedonia” – mapping situation with providing of cultural pluralism in the media sphere in Macedonia, possibilities of active access to media content for ethnic communities, as well as problems that ethnic communities media face;
- “Analysis of the issue of self-regulation in the media in Macedonia” - the functions and importance of media self-regulation; its use as a substitute for judicial proceedings regarding the media content; the differences between regulation and self-regulation of the media; the forms of media self-regulation and financing forms as well as the experiences with media self-regulation in Macedonia; Identifying good practices of self-regulation and encouraging introduction of various forms of self-regulation; Recommendations for further actions for strengthening the principle of self-regulation in the media in Macedonia are given at the end of the document.
- “Analysis of the Public Broadcasting in the Republic of Macedonia in the Context of the European Media Policy”, focused on following questions: - Does MRT fulfill its mission and program functions as a Public Broadcasting Service? Does the manner of financing imply independent and successful MRT operation as a Public Broadcasting Service? Does the model of management and supervision of MRT, as specified by law, correspond to the European standards and does it provide for its efficient and independent functioning? Which are the perspectives of MRT within the current digitalisation process of the terrestrial television?

Improving Media Literacy Education in Macedonia

Duration: 2009-2011

Donor: MATRA programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Netherlands

Description: MIM and its partners the Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis"-Skopje and the European Journalism Centre, NL in cooperation with the Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science and Bureau of Education Development, implemented 3-year project on Media Literacy, that is envisioned to become part of the curricula of mother tongue subject in the primary and secondary education in Macedonia. In that order, a total of 56 trainings were organized and almost 1.100 teachers across Macedonia were trained, the website on media literacy was created and launched; a conference on media literacy was organized in Skopje and Media Literacy Teachers' textbook was published.  

Support to implementation of the Law for Free Access to Public Information and capacity building in media relation and EU communication for the public administration in Macedonia

Duration: 2007-2009

Donor: British Embassy

Description: Purpose of the project was to support the implementation of the Law for free access to public information and to strengthen the capacities of the public administration to communicate professionally with the media and with the public and to contribute to increasing the economic and political transparency and accountability.

Within this project, MIM has trained over 1000 public officers responsible for dealing with public information within their institutions.

Also, MIM produced and published 3 publications:

-          “Public Information Must Be Disclosed, Not Held”

-          “Access to Public Information Is Free”

-          “List of Holders of Public Information in the Republic of Macedonia”

 

National Action of the Media and the Public administration for increasing transparency and accountability in Macedonia

Duration: 2006-2007

Donor: British Embassy

Description: This project was focused on strengthening relevant national media outlets and public administration representatives with skills and techniques, that will enable them to pursue and maintain action for improving political and economic transparency and accountability at all levels of state organs in Macedonia.

Main activities were trainings in professional investigative journalism for teams of the most important 10 TV stations with national and local outreach, which were delivered by BBC-London. Public administration representatives (deputy prime ministers, top representatives from public/state institutions, other ministers, judges, EU countries ambassadors) participated in the discussions with the journalists about the models of improving the process of transparency and accountability at all levels of state functioning in the country.

As an outcome of the training, 30 investigative stories were aired/published in the media, including the highest-rated news editions on national TV stations in the country. 

Civil Society Strengthening Project

Duration: 2005-2010

Donor: USAID, Institute for Sustainable communities

Description: The overall objective of the MACSS program was to ensure that the Macedonian civil sector achieves a seat at the table in social and political decision-making as a vehicle for heightening citizen participation in public life. The Project was focused specifically on supporting the civil society sector to: a) diversify and decentralize, b) achieve meaningful results in publicly beneficial areas, and c) increase its breadth and impact through effective CSO relations with constituents and other stakeholders.

MIM was member of the consortium team of the project and provided training to program partners and NGOs involved in CSSP on message development, public relations, and working effectively with the media. MIM also worked with the consortium, Leader NGOs, and key stakeholders on a national public relations campaign on behalf of the civil sector. In addition to core trainings in public relations, MIM provided individualized follow-up training and assistance for organizations to each module to supplement the training material and ensure that organizational systems and practices are put into place. .

TV Magazine “Kontrafor”

Duration: 2002

Donor: British Embassy in Skopje, Center for War Peace and News Media from New York, IOM (International Organization for Migration)

Description: The Macedonian Institute for Media, supported by the British Embassy in Skopje, the Center for War, Peace and News Media from New York and the International Organization for Migration, implemented the project TV Magazine Kontrafor. Seven TV stations from the conflict impacted areas in 2001 in Macedonia participated in this project.

In the framework of the project workshops for the journalists and cameramen who participated in the implementation of the TV show “Kontrafor” were organized.

The TV Magazine includes 12 programs in duration of 30 minutes, focused on local topics interesting for the local population regardless of the ethnicity. Journalists worked in pairs, one Albanian and one Macedonian journalist worked on every half hour program.

Project- Parliamentary elections 2002

Duration: 2002

Donor: Irex Promedia-Macedonia

Description: The project was consisted of following activities:

  • Training program “Reporting during elections”

Mid-career journalists from Macedonian media participated at one-week training “Reporting during elections”

  • Pre-election journalistic caravan

Pre-election caravan visited 6 cities in Macedonia and 6 round tables with the local journalists were organized during these visits.

  • Roundtable “The journalists and the parliamentary elections 2002”

The final roundtable was organized in the capital Skopje.