This handbook is about experiences and best practices in reporting on terrorism by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Terrorism is a complex and sensitive topic, and so is reporting on terrorism. There are several practical ways in which to report on the phenomenon of terrorism. For journalists, reporting on an actual terrorist incident is certainly the most stressful and demanding.
This handbook will look at various ways of reporting on terrorism; mistakes, traps and positive experiences; the journalistic formats that can be used when doing reports, and also practical advice on how to make your reporting better and more relevant.
The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, developed by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains information about all convictions for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as verdicts from trials of people accused of going to fight in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
The database also contains a case-by-case overview which includes photographs and videos, utilising BIRN’s extensive coverage of these cases, as well as a resource centre which offers video explainers and PDF booklets on how to report on violent extremism and terrorism.