The Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) is a member of numerous networks which work for strengthening of the professional standards and journalists’ ethics in the region and worldwide.
More information about our collaborators, partners and donators follow:
Membership in different media networks
SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR PROFESSIONALIZATION OF MEDIA (SEENPM)
South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) was established in 1999 by 17 media centres and institutes from South East Europe. SEENPM main goals are: to work for enhancement of the professional standards of the media and journalists, to enhance democratization of media, to enhance contacts and experience exchange, to stimulate the cooperation among its members, to increase the regional cooperation and the contacts among media professionals in the region.
SOUTH EAST EUROPE MEDIA ORGANIZATION (SEEMO)
South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) is non-governmental and non for profit network of journalists, media professionals and journalists from all print, broadcast media and news agencies in South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece, Macedonia, Moldavia and Romania. SEEMO network is opened for all who support the principles of media freedom and desire to cooperate towards reaching the goals of SEEMO.
REPORTING DIVERSITY NETWORK
Reporting Diversity Network (RDN) is a part of Media Diversity Institute (MDI). This network has been existing since 1998, and it is composed out of 21 media and media organizations from Europe. Through the network the MDI cooperates with non-governmental organizations and media with similar scope of work, in the regions where the Institute works. Currently, the network conducts projects in Central and Eastern Europe where media still have destructive role in intensifying ethnic and religious conflicts and thus contribute towards disorder in the human and minority issues.
Donors and partners of MIM
DANISH SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Danish School of Journalism (DSJ) from Aarhus, is the biggest and the oldest institution which offers education in journalism in Denmark. This faculty is one of its kind in Denmark, offering education for the future journalists in TV, radio, print journalism, multimedia and photography, at the same place and in close cooperation with each other. This school has three international study programs: One-Year European Program, One-Year Postgraduate Studies and also offers One-Semester Programs twice a year as part of its program.
The DSJ initiated journalism trainings in many countries around the world. Its partners are media institutes from Mongolia, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Cambodia, Russia, Balkan countries, Czech Republic and Macedonia.
IREX is international non-profit organization specialized in the educational field, independent media, development of Internet technology, as well as civil society programs in USA, Europe, Euroasia, Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
Since its establishment in 1968, IREX had assisted more than 20.000 students, pupils, journalists, business leaders and other professionals.
Today IREX had opened branch offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro and Macedonia.
Press Now is Holland foundation which promotes the development of an open and democratic society through support of the independent media in the transitional countries. Press Now supports the enhancement of the diversity of the media sphere, as one of the basic presumptions for development of democratic civil society.
In Macedonia Press Now was focused on the transformation of the public broadcaster MRTV - from state owned into a public broadcaster, on reform of the journalism studies at the state university Ss. Cyril and Methodius, as well as at offering structural support of multiethnic and minority media.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is independent American state organization, which supports equal economic development on the long term. USAID also works in the development of the agriculture and trade, health systems, prevention of conflicts and humanitarian aid.
USAID headquarter is in Washington DC, and its regional offices are spread across the world. USAID cooperates with private volunteering organizations, universities, domestic and international companies, governments of other countries and American state agencies.
USAID opened its office in Macedonia in 1993, and since than has undertaken more than 30 projects in the field of economy, education, reforms of the local government, media etc.
NORWEGIAN PEOPLE’S AID
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is humanitarian organization of the Norwegian Union, established in 1939. NPA in its work is guided by the values and principles of the national and international solidarity, human dignity, freedom and equality. Today, NPA is the largest NGO in Norway.
In the frames of NPA, the Local programme for Media Support (LMS) has been functioning since 1998, which goal is to support the process of strengthening of the local media in the ex-Yugoslav countries – Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. NPA supports independent media that are not connected with some political party. The media programme of NPA includes medium and long term projects, having supported around 40 projects in the region.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the biggest regional organization which includes 55 states across Europe, central Asia and North America. The Media Development Unit has been functioning in the frames of OSCE mission in Macedonia since 2002, as part of Ohrid Framework Agreement, offering support to media of the ethnic communities in the country. The Media Development Unit supported the reforms in the public broadcaster MRTV, as well as the reforms of the legislation, organized journalist trainings in many languages and projects for strengthening the pluralism, journalism standards and multiethnic media.
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT – BRITISH EMBASSY
The Department for International Development (DFID) is a part of the British Government that works to help and support of under-developed countries and fights against poverty in the world.
DFID in Macedonia has been present since 1995, and since 2001 has been supporting technically the reforms in the public administration through different activities.
Bilateral programme between DFID and Macedonia ended in December 2005.
EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR RECONSTRUCTION
The European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) is established in 2000. It performs its activities in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia. EAR headquarter is in Thessaloniki, but it also has operational centres in Skopje, Pristina, Podgorica and Belgrade. The Agency has been present in Macedonia since December 2001, when the Council of Europe decided to extend the official mandate of the Agency. Three months later, EAR opened its centre in Macedonia.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATIONS
International Organization for Migrations (IOM) was established in 1951 as an organization that supported the displaced persons, refugees and emigrants in Europe. Despite it is not a part of UN, the Organization closely cooperates with UN institutions, as well as with many others international and non-governmental organizations.
UNESCO is an organization which works in the frames of the UN and focuses on the issues related to the education, social and natural sciences, culture and communications.
Since its establishment in 1945, UNESCO has been pledging for development and promotion of the international cooperation among all 191 member states.
IFA/STABILITY PACT IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE SPONSORED BY GERMANY
IFA is an agency for foreign cooperation supported by the German agency for foreign affairs, and supports several aspects in the process of European integration and transformation in the multicultural and multiethnic society. IFA cooperates with many national and international organizations on different projects.
In the media sphere, IFA carries out the program for support of independent and free media in the countries of South East Europe, one of the presumptions of the democratic society.
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE – BUDAPEST
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is established in 1993 by George Soros, as a support to his foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and back than in USSR. The foundations were created in 1984 as a help to the countries which passed through the process of transition.
OSI promotes the democratic management, human rights, as well as economic, legal and social reforms. On the local level OSI implements more projects for support of judiciary, education, health and independent media.
ACADEMY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE EDUCATION
The Academy for Development of the Education (AED) was established in 1961 as non-profit, charity organization. Since that it has been representing one of the biggest world organizations which support the human social development. AED mission is to improve peoples’ lives and help solving the social problems, offering contemporary technology and multidisciplinary approach towards human development. AED is engaged in more than 250 programs in more than 150 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East,, as well as on the territory of the USA.
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS (formerly known as SWEDISH HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights (SHC) exists since 1982 as politically and religiously independent non-government organization. The SHC goal is to increase the respect for human rights and freedoms, as well as to contribute towards democratic development of all countries-signatories of the Helsinki Agreement.
SHC has around 170 members from the Swedish Parliament, Swedish Academy, Royal Academy of Sciences, Swedish Union of Authors, unions as well as individuals interested in human rights.
The Secretariat of SHC is in Stockholm, with regional office in Belgrade and field offices in Skopje and Saraevo. As of year 2009, this organization changed its name into Human Rights Defenders
BALKAN TRUST FOR DEMOCRACY
The Balkan Trust for Democracy is ten-year long initiative which distributes grants for support of good management in South East Europe. This award-winning public-private partnership was created in 2003 by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. BTD headquarter is located in Belgrade, distributing grants to Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania.
The grants are allocated to NGOs, civil groups, educational institutions and media in order to strengthen the democratic institutions in this part of Europe.
FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER
The Centre for cultural and lingual cooperation was opened in 1974, representing one of the oldest foreign institutions which are still active in Macedonia. The Centre main goal is to spread the French language and culture through its activities, including learning French through different programs-starting in preschool institutions to universities. The Centre also organizes program for cultural cooperation, which in the past years brought many French artists and French culture closer to the Macedonian public.
MEDIA DIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Media Diversity Institute (MDI) in non-for-profit organization that mobilises the power of media to lessen inter-group conflict, advance human rights – especially minority rights – and support deeper public understanding of all types of social diversity. It is based in London, but has branch offices in Armenia, Azerbejdzan and Georgia. MDI cooperates with media organizations, journalists, journalism educators, NGOs and governments in order to prevent inter-group conflicts and to promote balanced non-biased journalism.
The Macedonian Institute for Media (MIM) Is a member of the Reporting Diversities Network. www.media-divesrity.org
CENTRE FOR WAR, PEACE AND MEDIA
The Centre for War, peace and Media works in the frames of the New York University and represents non profit and independent organization, which supports the journalists and media organizations in their efforts for faster and better informing of the citizens.
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM FROM LILLE (ЕСЈ)
The Journalism School from Lille, France is established in 1925. Today the School represents one of the best institutions which offers journalism education in France. The School organizes in-house training programs in more than 40 countries across the world. The School is in constant cooperation with foreign training centres, as well as foreign media – print, radio, TV etc. The School cooperates with media organizations from South East Europe, among which is the Macedonian Institute for Media.
The cooperation between ECJ and MIM was established in 2001 through organization of trainings for media professionals in Macedonia. One of the primary goals of EJC, when it is up to journalism education in Macedonia, is strengthening the training capacities of MIM. www.esj-lille.fr
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR JOURNALISTS
In its quarter century existence, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) from Washington has been aiming towards accomplishing its mission – development of free and professional journalism as a precondition for democratic society. Taking in consideration that journalists often lack high quality education in journalism, and on the other hand many journalists are neither paid nor motivated enough to perform their duties, ICFJ pledge for objective journalism, well managed and financially independent media.
MIM had participated in several projects that ICFJ had organized.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) from Brussels is the world largest organization of journalists, established in 1926. Today the Federation represents around 600.000 members in more than 100 countries. IFJ promotes free journalism, human rights, democracy and pluralism against misuse of media in political purposes, promotion of intolerance and initiation of ethnic conflicts. IFJ protects the journalism interests in the frames of the UN system and International Union of Journalists.