The South East Europe Youth Newsroom is a network of young journalists and journalists students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Kosovo* (under UNSCR 1244), established by the Centre for Development of Youth Activism (CROA) to give the young journalists an opportunity to work together, report on issues related to freedom of expression, and improve their journalism skills. Their output will be published on this platform and widely distributed in the region.
Created under the UNESCO EU-funded project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey – Phase 2,” the SEE Youth Newsroom aims to serve as a bridge between young journalists and youth to foster trust in media. The idea is to involve this network to cover global or regional conferences such as the World Press Freedom Day or the Global MIL Week to produce quality multi-media coverage of these events and raise awareness on these issues among youth in the region.
Managed by the CROA, the members of the SEE Youth Newsroom are receiving training from international experts on a wide range of topics, including international standards on freedom of expression and safety of journalists, journalists’ labour rights and working conditions, professional and ethical standards of journalism and media self-regulation, Media and Information Literacy (MIL), and how to counter disinformation.
The Room is the digital platform that presents the outputs of this SEE Youth Newsroom, basically the voices and perspectives of more than 30 young journalists, and offers a creative mix of articles, videos, photos, background stories, interviews, and other forms of journalistic reporting.