The Albanian Media Institute (AMI) is the main organization of media development and media freedom in Albania. AMI was established at the start of 1996, thanks to the grant provided by DANIDA and the assistance of the Danish School of Journalism. Now AMI is one of the main actors of civil society in Albania and one of most important media development institutions in the Balkan region. AMI was established based on an agreement between the two largest journalist associations and is open to all journalists in the country. AMI has a professional staff of 7 people (director, researcher, project coordinators, IT expert, financial manager. On the other hand, AMI has the appropriate premises and necessary equipment for implementing its projects.Each year AMI implements between 15-20 projects.For more information on our projects you can refer to www.institutemedia.org. Our annual budgets is between 300,000-400,000 Euros. AMI's activities are focused on training, media research and monitoring, media policy actions, publications etc. AMI's donors are European Union (EU), Soros Foundation, UNESCO, American Embassy in Tirana, Council of Europe (CoE), British Embassy in Tirana, IFEX, IREX, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation-Media Program, Norwegian Embassy etc. AMI is today member of several international organizations, such as IFEX, EJTA, World Association of Newspapers, Reporting Diversity Network, Global Forum for Media Development, SEENPM, SEEMO etc.
The mission of AMI is: -to become a training center for the journalists of Albania; -to co-ordinate and support the activities related to the training of journalists and the overall development of media in Albania; -to undertake studies and projects in support of the development of the free and independent Albanian media; -to establish relations with similar foreign and international organizations; -to participate in the legislative processes in the field of media.
Recent project reference list (2018-2019)
Towards Improved Labour Relations and Proffessionalism in Albanian Media /EU Commission
National consultation on MIL Policy and strategyin CIMU SEE/SEENPM UNESCO project
Media Literacy Project/EU –Media Centar Sarajevo Project
Countering Violent Extremism and Religious Radicalism/USAID ANTARC Project
Revising Albania Code of Ethics/CoE Project
Albanian Media Scheme versus European Standards/Dutch Embassy project
Media Sustanability Index report/IREX project 2019
Fostering Proffesional Media reporting SEENPM/NED Transitions Project
Soft Censorship dhe Crisis of Trust/Soros Foundation project
Mapping Local Media in Albania/FES Project
A Re-Examination of relationships Between Media and Democracy in Post Truth Era in the New Democracies/KAS Project
Strengthening the Role of the Independent Media in the Justice Reform Process in Albania/Norwegian Embassy -Partners Project
Promoting Media Information Literacy and Strengthening Independent Media in Western Balkans/Albany Project
Improvement of media coverage of children in electronic media and media literacy/Audiovisual Media Authority Project
We have a valuable experience in the fileds of Reporting Diversity, Countering Violent Extremism, Reporting Culture etc. which can help other members of the network in Albania. We have also a wide range of contacts outside of Albania, which can be with interest for other members. We bring the media angle, which is very important not only for us, but for all.
First its' widen our networkig, very important for AMI. Second, it helps us with knowing the best practices, but also challenges in other countries. Third, it creates an oportunity for us to share our experiences.