Editor in Chief, Kosovo 2.0, Kosovo
Besa has a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Missouri, Columbia and BA degree from the American University in Bulgaria. Her fields of expertise/research interests include: Media and Civil society.
Through Kosovo 2.0, Besa gives voice to Kosovo’s silenced, disenfranchised majority – its young people. Kosovo 2.0 combines traditional and new media to create a self-sustaining platform for youth to become active participants in their communities. An independent, youth-led media outlet, the initiative publishes a print magazine and manages a robust online presence through which youth post blogs, vlogs and photo essays. Recent themes explored include Kosovo’s image, corruption, and religion and gender issues. Kosovo 2.0 also organizes trainings and workshops on citizen journalism, advocacy, and activism. Material is published in Albanian, English, and Serbian, with the website recording 70,000 unique visitors in 2011.