Media and Reform Center Niš (MRCN) was established in 2005 as a non-profit and non-partisan organization primarily focused on the City of Niš and the region of South Serbia. To achieve its vision – developed democratic society through active participation of citizens in decision-making processes – MRCN strengthens the capacities of journalists and media, provides support for the work and visibility of civil society organizations, cooperates with business sector and local self-government.
MRCN is a publisher of the independent online portal mediareform.rs since 2015. This media outlet offers news about the civil society and initiatives that come from active citizens in Southeast Serbia, as well as analysis, interviews and educational content. The portal is under the jurisdiction of Serbian self-regulatory body The Press Council and the Code of ethics for journalism.
As a focal point in the community, MRCN is dedicated to:
- freedom of speech
- media and thought
- promotion of the rights of minorities and tolerance
- multisector cooperation
- values of an open and democratic society
- promotion of the EU values in Serbia, including support of the Euro-Atlantic integrations.
MRCN is one of the founders of National Coalition for Decentralization, members of Association of Online Media (AOM), Media Association of Serbia and part of a South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM). The main activities of MRCN are:
- video production
- planning and organizing various public events
- conducting researches and analyzes on media environment and media content
- professional training for journalists and civil NGO representatives.
More than 500 journalists have improved their skills in MRCN’s Multimedia Reporting School, more than 5000 public events were organized – debates, press conferences, panel discussions. MRCN produced more than 10.000 video materials – short documentaries and docu-series, animated educational materials, social media packages and reportages. Through the project “Your Place in Serbia” MRCN contributed to the national coverage of 127 initiatives that came from grass-root citizen actions.