Balkan Diskurs provides journalistic training for young writers, researchers, and multimedia producers. Our Youth Correspondents Training Program is open to young people throughout the Western Balkan Region. Seminars are currently conducted on an annual basis.

Our training provides foundational instruction and technical training on topics that include investigative and citizen journalism techniques, documentary photography, and filmmaking. Each interactive workshop is led by experts in the areas of report writing, interviewing, social media, multimedia production, fact checking, and journalistic ethics.

Graduates of this program have the opportunity to participate in a one-year Youth Correspondent position with Balkan Diskurs, during which time they are provided with further professional support.

Past workshops include:

Media Literacy & Resisting Manipulation

Dates: 25 – 29 October 2014

Topics covered: Investigative and citizen journalism techniques, photography, filmmaking, fair and balanced reporting, fact-checking, and interviewing.

Participants included:

  • Lejla Bečar, Visoko
  • Mladen Lakić, Istočno Sarajevo
  • Azra Bešlagić, Tešanj
  • Emir Redžić, Vitez
  • Erna Duratović, Prijedor
  • Ognjen Todorović, Laktaši
  • Mirza Halilčević, Živinice
  • Nataša Tripunović, Bijeljina
  • Elma Karahodžić, Tešanj
  • Sara Velaga, Jajce
  • Suad Baručija, Zenica
  • Amila Avdukić, Sarajevo
  • Lejla Krkić, Sarajevo
  • Muris Dobrnjić, Banovići
  • Tihomir Marelja, Mostar
  • Zoran Mateljak, Mostar

Combatting Hate Speech and Discrimination Online through Citizen Media

Dates: 12 – 15 October 2015

Topics covered: Identifying, reporting, and counteracting instances of hate speech and discrimination online, principles of citizen multimedia journalism, and documentary film and photography techniques.

Participants included:

  • Andrea Aleksić, Laktaši
  • Edina Šahmanović, Kalesija
  • Veroljub Prodanović, Nevesinje
  • Ajdin Salihović, Tuzla
  • Abdulah Kozlić, Zenica
  • Neven Hercegovac, Brčko
  • Nataša Kondić, Banjaluka
  • Zlatan Likić, Vareš
  • Danka Cvijić, Banjaluka
  • Edelhida Dervišević, Bihać
  • Nenad Jeličić, Prnjavor
  • Jasmila Talić, Sarajevo

Citizen Journalism and Documentary Photography

Dates: 30 May – 2 June 2017

Topics covered: Basic techniques of investigative journalism, news writing for online publications, writing research reports, interviewing, documentary photography techniques, editing and post-production, and visual story-telling.

Participants included:

  • Ammar Liđan, Bihać
  • Kristina Gadže, Mostar
  • Medina Rizvanović-Razić, Sarajevo
  • Milan Ilić, Pale
  • Nejra Džabija, Sarajevo
  • Nikolina Baričanin, Trebinje
  • Slobodan Blagovčanin, Tuzla
  • Anja Zulić, Banjaluka
  • Azra Memišević, Brčko
  • Eldin Mujkanović, Srebrenik
  • Tarik Čalkić, Gornji Vakuf
  • Monija Markić, Mostar
  • Alma Mujanović, Sarajevo
  • Armin Durgut, Zenica
  • Harun Bećirević, Sarajevo
  • Marko Mlikota, Mostar
  • Tamara Zrnović, Bijeljina

Citizen Journalism and Documentary Photography

Dates: 17 – 20 April 2018

Topics covered: Basic techniques of investigative journalism, news writing for online publications, writing research reports, interviewing, documentary photography techniques, editing and post-production, and visual story-telling.

Participants included:

  • Ada Hasanagić , Sarajevo
  • Lejla Burgić, Sarajevo
  • Matija Popović, Sarajevo
  • Vedrana Lemez, East Sarajevo
  • Vuk Vasović, East Sarajevo
  • Adna Musić, Sarajevo
  • Duško Majkić, Tuzla
  • Amra Džonlić, Sarajevo
  • Elena Crnalić, Prijedor / Pula, Croatia
  • Alma Bajramović, Žepče/Bratunac
  • Dženita Mašić, Kladanj
  • Ajna Nikontović, Zenica
  • Almedina Hrnjić, Zenica
  • Dobrica Kucalović, Zvornik
  • Naila Elkasović , Bužim
  • Mirza Mustafagić, Tuzla
  • Armin Halilović, Zavidovići
  • Emin Zaimović , Brčko

Citizen Journalism and Documentary Photography

Dates: 5 – 12 May 2019

Topics covered: Basic techniques of investigative journalism, news writing for online publications, writing research reports, interviewing, documentary photography techniques, editing and post-production, and visual story-telling.

Participants included:

  • Aida Mujčin, Sarajevo
  • Amer Macedonci, Banja Luka
  • Amila Žunić, Bihać
  • Anđela Knežević, Priboj
  • Azra Berbić, Kakanj
  • Azra Imširović, Sarajevo
  • Azra Zatega, Konjic
  • Belma Baralija, Mostar
  • Berina Lušija, Zenica
  • Dženita Sakić, Mostar
  • Irma Ahmetspahić, Zenica
  • Luka Čavar, Jajce
  • Mirnes Bakija, Sarajevo
  • Mladen Topić, Prozor
  • Nedžad Spahalić, Sarajevo
  • Nejra Džananović, Sarajevo
  • Nikola Kandić, Bileća
  • Sanela Tufekčić, Livno
  • Sejo Ivković, Jablanica

Balkan Diskurs gives my voice an opportunity to be heard, and allows me to tell the stories that others remain quiet about; to present my town in a different, more real light. For me, that opportunity is priceless.

Lejla Bečar, Balkan Diskurs-trained Youth Correspondent

For more information, or to get involved in trainings, please email [email protected]



Winner of the Intercultural Achievement Recognition Award by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs