For some time, STINA news agency has been developing
and implementing unique media projects aimed at informing and educating
the public about processes of democratization in transition societies.
Through its various services and projects, STINA
covered various aspects of developing civic society, development
of local democracy, protection of minority rights and strengthening
of inter-ethnic tolerance, media freedom, return of refugees, encouraging
citizens to adopt a more active role in political life, etc.
STINA Institute was founded 2003 to further improve
the mentioned specific activities.
The Institute will act as an NGO contributing to
research, promotion and education of civic society values and development
of democratic institutions and relations, culture of peace and tolerance,
multi-ethnicity and multi-culture, protection and development of
human rights, ecologically-sustainable development and harmonious
social and economic progress.
These goals will be achieved through various activities
of the Institute: scientific and expert gatherings, lectures and
roundtables; inter-disciplinary research, publishing activity and,
especially, media-based education.
STINA Institute will base its activities on a synthesis
of significant media experience and active role in promotion and
development of civic society and democratic standards in transition
societies. With its numerous projects including both Croatian and
international experts, the Institute will try to contribute to complete
democratization of Croatian society on its way to integration into
Also, STINA Institute will especially address joint
regional problems in its projects, thus contributing to better understanding,
cooperation and stability in the region.
Realised project of the STINE Institute:
Informational educational media campaign for encouraging
As part of this project STIAN realised 13 radio shows on all
relevant aspects of return such as reconstruction, security
situation, inter-ethnic relations, relations between immigrants and
returnees, economic situation, property return, issues with tenants'
rights, education, etc. The shows described situation in a large
number of towns and municipalities in five croatian counties. The
project was realised in 2004 with the financial assistance of the
OSCE mission in Croatia.
Reconstruction of multi-ethnic communities
This project has been realised through informative-educational
radio shwos which have been broadcast by the 10 local radio stations
across Croatia. The goal was to contribute to inter-ethnic trust and
social reconstruction of multi-ethnic communities where ethnic and
social relations had been destroyed by the war. The project was
realised in 2006/2007 with the financial assistance of the US
Embassy in Croatia.
Strengthening public conciousness about the importance of
succesful return as a factor of stabilisation and improvement of
Six radio shows have been realised during this project, the goal
of which was to inform the general public about the importance and
positive influence of the return and harmonisation of inter-ethnic
relations in post-conflict areas for their further development and
prosperity. Shows have been broadcast by 7 radio stations in areas
affected by conflict, now places with intensive return. The project
was realised in 2006 with the financial assistance of the National
Foundation for the Development of Civic Society.
Sensitizing the public for successful functioning of minority
The project has been realised as informative-education shows
with the goal of sensitizing minority and general public for
minority self-government elections. There was a total of 10 radio
shows produced which have been broadcast by 10 radio stations across
Croatia. The project was realisedi n 2007 with the financial
assistance of the National Foundation for the Development of Civic
Regional educational seminars for journalists covering
minorities and inter-ethnic tolerance
The project has been realised as three educational seminars held
in Vukovar, Sarajevo and Novi Sad with the participation of 15
journalists from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia at every
seminar. The project was realised in 2007 with the financial
King Baudouin Foundation.
"Learning for Europe – media campaign for promotion of
European integration in Croatia"
The project has been realised as informative-educational live
radio shows at the local radio stations and informative electronic
bulletin. About 20 local radio stations have been involved in the
project, which was realised in 2007 at the national level, with the
assistance of the EU PHARE programme.
Media support to realisation of minority rights in the
Republic of Croatia
The project has been realised as informative-educational shows
on minority issues broadcast by the local radio station in areas
with greater concetration of minorities. The project was realised
with the asssistance of the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Matra
Programme) in 2008.
Regional media network
STINE Institute has a broad regional cooperation and is
currently participating in the creation of the regional project "New
Media Initiatives" together with its partners from Bosnia and
Herzegovina (Media Plan Institute) and Serbia (Novi Sad School of
Journalism). The project is developing institutional network for
educating journalists for public media campaigns aimed at the
processes of stabilisation and demcoratisation of post-conflict