P-CRC organized an interactive, multimedia training program focused on cultivating participants’ skills in investigative and citizen journalism techniques. These included basic reporting skills and photography techniques, instruction in conducting interviews and identifying and verifying sources and advice on how to work in a safe, responsible and ethical manner. One of the primary goals of this training was to prepare participants for a specialized mentorship program during in which they now serve as local youth correspondents for P-CRC’s new multimedia outlet Balkan Diskurs, which is an independent multimedia platform that provides young citizen journalists, activists and academics in the Western Balkans with a space to publish their opinions, analyses, and reports on issues critical to the region.
Students with VII Photo Agency’s Sara Terry. Part of the “My City” photo assignment that students completed when they returned home. Situated 12km southwest of Sarajevo, Ilidža has long been a close retreat for city dwellers to enjoy the thermal springs, recreation center, and lovely park at the source of River Bosna called Vrelo Bosna. The springs are accessible by car, foot, or bike. You can even get there by horse and an old carriage from the Austro-Hungarian period. © Aida Mujčin
The training course was held alongside the inaugural event, “VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image”, which meant that students could attend presentations by VII Photo Agency photographers as well as discussion panels.
Student work from the “Something Sarajevo” assignment: Local artists and street performers show off their talents to passers-by, adding to Sarajevo’s charm and intrigue. This man plays his accordion, an instrument that is commonly found in one of Bosnia’s most notable genres of folk music called Sevdalinka. Sevdalinka songs are often about love or unrequited love and are characterized by slow or moderate tempos with intense, emotional melodies. © Ibrahim Khaled Al-Zoubi Located in Sarajevo’s Old Town, Baščaršija square is a place lined with restaurants that serve local cuisine and shops filled with traditional Bosnian handicrafts, clothing, decorative ceramics, art, and souvenirs. Also known as “Pigeon Square”, it is also the location of one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, the Sebilj fountain. © Mladen Topić