United States Agency for Global Media

Affiliate Training and Relationship Building Tour

September/October 2014

Funded and organized by the BBG/VOA, VOA’s Elez Biberaj and Slobodan Svrzo–Team leaders from the Bosnian service–led an affiliate training in Sarajevo. The training was for the VOA Bosnian and RFE/RL Balkans Service affiliates from Serbia and Kosovo, on Multimedia Production and Investigative Journalism. The trip was an opportunity to visit with the RFE/RL staff in Sarajevo, including Miljenko Vockic, the head of RFE/RL’s Sarajevo office. In addition to the conference on best practices of journalism and TV production, participants visited an NGO called Prijatalji Srebrenice, which is focused on promoting unity and media growth in the town of Srebrenice. Slobodan Svrzo laid the groundwork for the creation of a final affiliation agreement with FACE TV. FACE TV will air VOA Bosnian’s Studio Washington program live at 11:00 PM Sarajevo time, Monday-Friday. The goal of this agreement with FACE TV is to enhance the VOA Bosnian’s already significant reach and impact in the area.