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Bosnia-Herzegovina Journalists Visit UCLA to Consult on Investigative Crime and Terrorism ReportingDan Medina (left) discusses crime reporting. Photo by Gohar Grigorian.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Journalists Visit UCLA to Consult on Investigative Crime and Terrorism Reporting

Four prominent Bosnian and Serbian print and electronic media journalists meet with veteran investigative reporter Dan Medina.

By Gohar Grigorian

The UCLA International Visitors Bureau hosted an April 21 meeting between four newspaper, radio, and television journalists from major media in Bosnia-Herzegovina  and award winning investigative reporter Dan Medina, who teaches a course in his specialty for UCLA Extension. The delegation's visit to the United States was sponsored by the U.S. State Department, under the title "Reporting on International Criminal Cases and Organized Crime and Terrorism,  A Single Country Project for Bosnia-Herzegovina."

The members of the delegation were:

  • Mr. Predrag Klincov, reporter for the daily newspaper Nezavisne Novine (Independent News) published in Banja Luka in the Serb Republic.
  • Ms. Vildana Selimbegovic, editor in chief of the weekly magazine Dani, which is famous for its independent investigative reporting, published in Sarajevo.
  • Ms. Enisa Skenderagic, editor of the news program on BHTV 1 in Sarajevo.
  • Mr. Dragan Stegic, news editor and correspondent for BH Radio 1 (Sarajevo) and editor of the Political Talk Show on ATV.

BHTV1 and BH Radio 1 went on the air May 7, 2001, as privately funded public service stations aiming to serve all three major ethnic communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats. This is unusual in the history of public broadcasting in the former Yugoslavia, where electronic media more commonly were aimed at a single ethnic audience.

The visiting reporters were especially interested in methods used to research international crimes and cross border crime rings.

Dan Medina teaches a course entitled "Investigative Reporting Techniques" in the UCLA Extension program in the Journalism department. His course covers methods of gaining access to public and private record sources, use of computers in research, and ethical and legal issues in crime and other investigative reporting.

Medina is president of Medina Productions, Inc. He has worked as an investigative reporter for more than twenty years for local and national news outlets including KTLA, KCAL, KCOP, CNN, KNBC, and KPIX, among others.

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