Apr 262010

Pursuing story on energy prices helps resolve municipal problems

Business stories can develop in unexpected, almost mysterious ways, I was reminded recently when the business desk at my host organization took a closer at soaring electricity prices in Serbia. Exploring the factors behind the price hikes showed that some of the long standing problems may not be so impossible to solve as people thought.

Serbia’s state-run power company Elektroprivreda Srbije, or EPS, has been a huge monopoly for decades, a remnant of the Communist era that has dodged several privatization attempts.

Oct 312009

Partner in Serbia launches new web site with integrated content

Belgrade-based Beta news agency launched a new web site this week, presenting its neatly integrated text, video, audio and photo production.

The first private and independent news agency in Serbia, Beta, has been a great host organization. Its young and dedicated reporters continuously strive to beat the competition and provide superior service to the agency's more than 250 subscribers. Their efforts meant a better Web was needed to present Beta's diverse production.

Sep 222009

Serbia’s liberals are not so liberal when it comes to media freedom

We all know that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but what happened in Serbia this summer is amazing even by Balkan standards. The country’s long and winding road to democracy took a very strange turn with a new law regulating the media industry. Outlets now face steep fines and the only immediate winners are - lawyers.


Jan 232009

Holidays In Liberia: 9 journalists receive certificates

Just in time for the holiday season, I gave 9 Liberian journalists a dose of cheer and goodwill. The group of court reporters received certificates of honor on Saturday from ICFJ and Knight International for completing 12 weeks of intensive training on covering the justice system.

Just in time for the holiday season, I gave 9 Liberian journalists a dose of cheer and goodwill.