"Live from Europe": Western Balkan TV Journalists reporting from Brussels


Live from Europe in 2009

In 2009, 12 journalists from 12 TV channels in Western Balkan countries came to Brussels during the second edition of "Live from Europe" programme, a customized training project for Western Balkans journalists on EU Affairs and European integration coverage. During their "Inside Europe Experience", visiting journalists spent 10-15 days reporting on Brussels world of EU affairs, acting as "special Brussels correspondents".

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As such, they got the chance to meet key EU personalities, expand their network of contacts in TV services of the EU and, ultimately, build stronger links between Balkan journalists and key actors of the European institutions. The 12 visiting journalists were invited to share their best stories produced under the "Live from Europe" project via a specially designed web platform.

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In 2009, 12 journalists had the opportunity to get a hands-on experience in EU Affairs coverage. Click on journalist's name to find out more about his/ her reporting experience in Brussels:

Natasa Baranin RTCG
Ivana Brkic RTL-TV
Ana Glisic Production group “Mreza”
Muhamet Hajrullahu BIRN Kosovo
Aleksandra Mudresa Vijesti TV
Borjan Jovanovski A1 TV/ Evrozum
Elda Pepa RTSH
Sinisa Prica TV Kapital Network
Adnan Rondic Hayat TV
Biljana Sekulovska A1 TV
Ljiljana Smiljanic Alternativa televizija Banja Luka
Aristea Stakic RTV Panonija


About the 2007/08 Visiting Journalists programme

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About the 2007/08 Journalist Programme

Radomir Krackovic interviews the Montenegrin ambassador to the EU

A first phase of SEETV visiting journalist programme was implemented in 2007, with the support of the Norwegian Government. The testimonies and feedbacks on this first round of exchanges reflect the added-value of a tailored training on EU affairs reporting:

“My internship with SEETV gave me the chance to meet and talk to the people who are creating EU policies and to make contacts which I can use in my future work. It always makes a big difference if you can be on the spot and witness the events from the vicinity, than reporting from a distance”. Maja Divac, editor of Evronet TV magazine on RTS (Serbian public TV)

“We appreciated very much the possibility to send our journalist to Brussels, especially knowing that Montenegro doesn't have a single correspondent from the capital of the EU. By using the footage made during his visit we made a mini series of "EU reports" that were broadcast every evening during one week. It is not something that you see every day on the program of our TV and the feedback from our audience was very good.”
Ljiljana Cagorovic, Editor in chief, TV Montena

“I would like to thank you for the assistance and support that the SEETV team provided to our journalist Milijana Kos during her stay in Brussels. I think I don't need to explain to much how important it was for us to have her reports from the EU during those important days, including the meeting of the Peace Implementation Council.. Many thanks once again.”
Slavica Isaretovic, Head of News, ATV Banja Luka

“I do consider the trip to Brussels very much helpful. I was able to understand the challenges that correspondents face in daily bases-totally different from the one I deal everyday. It was a great
experience in a professional sense as well; checking out how things can be done when you deal with a bureaucracy such as the one exists at the European Union. Actually one of the differences is that when I work in Kosovo most of the interviews can be arranged in the same day when you realize the interview.
This is something I don’t believe that can be done in Brussels because everything seems to be arranged days before. So planning is different almost completely from the place where I work. I will not mention everything I did, but I must say that staying in Brussels, the place that most of the journalists I talked to said it’s the Mecca for journalists was useful to understand how someone can do great work with a very good planning in a place where schedule is almost the most important thing. One of the things I am very much happy of noticing is the very good cooperation between journalists (especially the ones from the
Balkans).”

Artan Haraqija, Journalist at RTK, Kosovo

A typical programme of activities

Maja Divac reporting from the European Commission

A typical programme of activities for the interns consisted of the following:

  • visit of the three main EU institutions: Council, Commission and Parliament. In each of the institutions, meeting with the persons in charge of press relations.
  • attending the midday press briefing in the Commission
  • informal introduction to the audiovisual services of the European Commission, Council and Parliament
  • visit to the mission of the journalist’s home country to the EU for a special briefing
  • meeting with permanent correspondents from the Western Balkans and other journalist covering the region
  • briefings or interviews with Commission officials dealing with Western Balkan countries
  • briefings and interviews with Brussels think tank analysts