In Montenegro, a project by Association “Spektra” and Queer Montenegro improved media literacy skills of trans activists and journalists. It also sought to educate the general public about human rights of transgender, gender diverse and intersex persons, including the issue of gender equality. The education involved tackling stereotypes in the public discourse and media content.
105 teachers from pre-school institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina learned how to teach children about the media within a project supported by sub-granting scheme of the regional project »Media for Citizens, Citizens for Media«, implemented in 5 countries of the Western Balkans.
The Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia (CMEM), a media self-regulatory body, implemented a project focused on awareness-raising activities for recognizing tendentious and unprofessional reporting. It did so through an active partnership with the civil society sector and the media at a local level to build media literacy skills among the younger population.
20 high school students in Albania took part in the production of creative videos intended to raise awareness among their peers and the wider society about European values that the Albanian society either shares or aims to adopt.
A project by Media & Reform Centre Niš focused on visual literacy – on what we can and cannot see in the media – by producing and airing four seven-minute video episodes (in Serbian) distributed via traditional and social media.
In several eastern European countries, misinformation is a lucrative business, reliant on advertising revenue, and pulling in cash from a variety of other sources including government subsidies, crowdfunding, tax designations, donations and sales of merchandise.
An unsigned and suspicious article, featured on the website of the Kosovar public broadcaster in the middle of the last election campaign, resparked the debate in Pristina on the use of false news as a tool for propaganda and political struggle.
A new MIL resource in Albanian language produced by third-year students of journalism at University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”, aimed at passing on knowledge and information on media and information literacy (MIL), was published in February 2020.
Journalists and other specialists delivered a series of workshops on media and information literacy (MIL) in elementary and high schools in five Western Balkan countries in 2019 within a regional project that continues in 2020.