Balkans Voices


To enable a new generation of young talents to reclaim the language used in media and to express themselves openly on subjects that inspire them in each country.
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The media organizations within the Western Balkan countries still offer little in the way of content and formats that are truly adapted to the concerns of young people. The region is not immune, as elsewhere, to the spread of fake news and to logics of instrumentalization of opinions on social networks.

The Balkans Voices project identifies several ways to help young people to make their voices heard including: ensuring they are aware of the importance of images and what they can convey, helping them to develop critical thinking skills with regard to the media, encouraging and strengthening digital production, supporting audiovisual creation, etc.

Resolutely focused on the future and implemented in close collaboration with the cooperation and cultural action services of French Embassies in each country, this project thus uses digital media to promote freedom of expression throughout the Western Balkans region, which is being reinvigorated by the input of young people, in particular young women.

I am already in the process of implementing this knowledge in my project. I now have a clear roadmap that I intend to follow.
Djellza, 19-year-old student in Kosovo

Project beneficiaries

Young people (15-35 years old) in 6 Western Balkan countries: around 1600 direct beneficiaries 
- Around 1000 young people aged 15-20 years old, particularly those at secondary school (pupils).
- Around 450 young people aged 18-30 particularly those studying journalism and communication.
- Around 60 Media project leaders (bloggers and influencers in each country).
- Around 100 young students in film schools and young talented individuals working in audiovisual creation.

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Balkans Voices


Developing critical thinking skills among young people with regard to the media

  • Designing pedagogical tools for decrypting information (educational online platform and training regional trainers).
  • Regional Training of Trainers on media and information literacy tools.
  • Workshops on decryption and raising awareness towards fake news with young people aged from 15 to 19 years-old.
  • Masterclasses on how news is produced and fact-checking for students, in particular those studying journalism and communication.
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November 13, 2020, helping young people to develop critical thinking skills with regard to the media

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January 7, 2021

Tools to raise awareness of media and information among young people from the Balkans

Fifteen professionals reaped the rewards of an online training course held on 12/13 November 2020, the purpose of which was to make use of the...
December 15, 2021

New content on TALMIL, the Balkan media education platform

The “Media in the Balkans” section of the site was expanded to include a contextual analysis of the state of press freedom, which presents the...
March 30, 2022

New training sessions on media and information education launched in the Balkans

More than 100 young high school pupils in six Western Balkan states (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia)...
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April 22, 2022

Réa Godot: from bookworm to digital entrepreneur

At just 24 years old, Réa, an avid bookworm, media lover and businesswoman, has just launched her own company, NEFOS.

July 10, 2023

Miriam Neziri Angoni: "I think, therefore I am"

Originally from Albania, Miriam Neziri Angoni quickly understood the importance of media literacy in the fight against propaganda and misinformation...

Strengthening the skills of the new Media contributors

  • A regional conference bringing together influencers, bloggers, digital Media project leaders, and online news contributors.
  • Regional Practical Workshops and Training.
  • Introductory one-week workshop in Paris and six months of individual coaching.
Related news
June 24, 2021

Sixty young people from the Western Balkans offered support to develop their media projects

The “Influencing with purpose” regional conference, which was held online on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June 2021, marked the opening of the...
October 21, 2021

Introducing young people from the Balkans to the basics of online journalism

14 young men and women, all bloggers, podcasters or influencers from various online media in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia...
December 14, 2021

Around 20 young people from the Balkans in an incubation session for their media projects in Paris

From 8 to 12 November 2021, 21 young online media project leaders from six Balkan countries — Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North...
Grand angle
April 22, 2022

Ivan Durgutov: building a better informed and more open society

Still just 27 years of age, Ivan Durgutov from Macedonia was born to travel. He has travelled to several continents and visited more countries than...

Developing audiovisual and digital productions that enable young people to present their reality

  • Workshops in film and audiovisual schools in the region: scriptwriting, web documentary, mobile video, web series, video games, etc.
  • Regional seminar on the challenges of multimedia production and new forms of writing.
  • Financial support for audiovisual, digital and interactive production on topics that interest young people (ecology, technology, art, culture, etc.)
  • Financial support for projects gathering young professionals from the six countries.
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November 26, 2020

Balkans Voices : Regional audiovisual and digital productions within Western Balkans

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