The third USAID BMAP Media Innovation Lab (MIL) started today where six teams will participate in next four days. For three years in a row, Media Innovation Lab has been providing a creative, collaborative space where media professionals, designers, technologists, and others can come together to develop localized tools and projects that will help tackle challenges facing digital media across the Western Balkans.
Like many other activities in 2020, the focus of this year's Media Innovation Lab is COVID19 pandemic, so the conference itself takes place online. From 18 applied projects, six teams were selected for this year's Lab. In the next four days they will have an opportunity to develop their creative ideas in accordance with this year's theme - ethical reporting during a pandemic.
With the support of mentors, these six teams will intensively develop their innovative ideas and present them to the jury on the fourth day. The three best and most innovative ideas will receive USAID BMAP support within the $5,000 USD limit.
Six teams that will develop their creative ideas over the next four days are: Montenegro Independent News Agency (MINA) from Montenegro, Covidmembrance Project and radio MOF from North Macedonia, Action for Democratic Society from Kosovo, Media Research Center from Serbia and Ermin Sočo from Bosnia and Herzegovina.