What we do

Kosovo 2.0 was founded as a new type of journalistic platform for Kosovo, the region and beyond — a platform that rejects the tabloidization of important issues. We are committed to explanatory, contextual and narrative journalism, where storytelling is not just about documenting the world around us, but also contributing to its reimagining.

Established in 2010 as Kosovo’s very first blogging platform, K2.0 expanded and established itself as a critical and credible journalistic voice in the country and beyond. Over the years, K2.0 produced a number of theme-based print magazines before transitioning to an online magazine model. Throughout, we have always organized a diverse range of public events and non-formal education initiatives that we see as fundamental to our broader journalistic mission.

In short:

  • We are a magazine focusing on explanatory, contextual and narrative journalism.
  • We remain independent from political parties and other forms of outside influence.
  • We work to uphold human rights through our editorial and dialogue programs.
  • We work to support critical debate in the fields of arts and culture through our journalism.
  • We organize a range of public programs that seek to inspire conversations about progressive, socially-engaged journalism, and about media, human rights and citizen-based activism.
  • We organize tailor-made non-formal educational programs to enhance young people’s critical thinking skills and to address gaps in the formal education system.
  • We work with a regional network of writers to publish articles that build and strengthen regional ties.
  • We cooperate with other media outlets and organizations in Kosovo and the region that uphold our journalistic values and principles.
  • We are working to build a hybrid financial media model drawing on support from institutional donors and from the public in order to secure our long-term independence.
  • We go beyond Kosovo and the neighboring region to engage diaspora audiences wherever they are found.
  • We work in three languages: Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English.

Our vision is a society that understands, questions and reimagines the world around us. And therefore we have made it our mission to create powerful, uncompromising journalism that listens to people’s experiences, explains complex realities, provides context and provokes conversations.

In order to do so, our team has guiding principles that drive our work.

  • Our journalism is informed by the process of listening to people’s experiences.
  • Our journalism centers around social justice, people’s struggles and hopes.
  • Our journalism is guided by solidarity; we seek to create a space of dialogue, empathy and better understanding.
  • Our journalism is guided by the principle of always providing context to stories and news by taking our time to truly understand the issues. 
  • Our journalism is guided by professionalism; we don’t compromise on quality and we remain independent, critical and fair. 
  • We don’t settle for the mainstream. We are persistent on the issues we believe are important, regardless of whether they are a current topic of debate or not. 
  • We are creatively driven; we value aesthetics, innovation and experimentation in our journalism. 
  • We are passionate about continuously improving our work and are always reflecting with a good dose of self-criticism. 

 

K2.0’s print magazine

Born in 2011 at a time when print media was globally in decline, K2.0’s print magazine collection was launched just a year after the birth of our organization. Now more than a decade later, we have issues on topics ranging from migration to sex to pubic space. 

Visit our Print section to find out more about each of our editions and to purchase our eleven-issue collection or individual copies (most are in stock!). 

Kosovo 2.0 was founded as a new type of journalistic platform for Kosovo, the region and beyond — a platform that rejects the tabloidization of important issues. We are committed to explanatory, contextual and narrative journalism, where storytelling is not just about documenting the world around us, but also contributing to its reimagining.

Established in 2010 as Kosovo’s very first blogging platform, K2.0 expanded and established itself as a critical and credible journalistic voice in the country and beyond. Over the years, K2.0 produced a number of theme-based print magazines before transitioning to an online magazine model. Throughout, we have always organized a diverse range of public events and non-formal education initiatives that we see as fundamental to our broader journalistic mission.

In short:

  • We are a magazine focusing on explanatory, contextual and narrative journalism.
  • We remain independent from political parties and other forms of outside influence.
  • We work to uphold human rights through our editorial and dialogue programs.
  • We work to support critical debate in the fields of arts and culture through our journalism.
  • We organize a range of public programs that seek to inspire conversations about progressive, socially-engaged journalism, and about media, human rights and citizen-based activism.
  • We organize tailor-made non-formal educational programs to enhance young people’s critical thinking skills and to address gaps in the formal education system.
  • We work with a regional network of writers to publish articles that build and strengthen regional ties.
  • We cooperate with other media outlets and organizations in Kosovo and the region that uphold our journalistic values and principles.
  • We are working to build a hybrid financial media model drawing on support from institutional donors and from the public in order to secure our long-term independence.
  • We go beyond Kosovo and the neighboring region to engage diaspora audiences wherever they are found.
  • We work in three languages: Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English.

Our vision is a society that understands, questions and reimagines the world around us. And therefore we have made it our mission to create powerful, uncompromising journalism that listens to people’s experiences, explains complex realities, provides context and provokes conversations.

In order to do so, our team has guiding principles that drive our work.

  • Our journalism is informed by the process of listening to people’s experiences.
  • Our journalism centers around social justice, people’s struggles and hopes.
  • Our journalism is guided by solidarity; we seek to create a space of dialogue, empathy and better understanding.
  • Our journalism is guided by the principle of always providing context to stories and news by taking our time to truly understand the issues. 
  • Our journalism is guided by professionalism; we don’t compromise on quality and we remain independent, critical and fair. 
  • We don’t settle for the mainstream. We are persistent on the issues we believe are important, regardless of whether they are a current topic of debate or not. 
  • We are creatively driven; we value aesthetics, innovation and experimentation in our journalism. 
  • We are passionate about continuously improving our work and are always reflecting with a good dose of self-criticism. 

 

K2.0’s print magazine

Born in 2011 at a time when print media was globally in decline, K2.0’s print magazine collection was launched just a year after the birth of our organization. Now more than a decade later, we have issues on topics ranging from migration to sex to pubic space. Visit our Print section to find out more about each of our editions and to purchase our eleven-issue collection or individual copies (most are in stock!).

Staff

Board

Joan de Boer

Chairperson

Joan de Boer is Chairperson of the Board of K2.0. Joan holds a bachelors degree in fine arts from the St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Breda, the Netherlands and is currently managing and a founding partner at SPRIGS.  

Linda Gusia

Board member

Linda Gusia is a board member of K2.0. Linda is a lecturer at the University of Prishtina, in the Faculty of Philosophy.

Alban Muja

Board member

Alban Muja is a board member of K2.0. He is a visual artist based in Berlin and Prishtina. His works cover a wide range of media including video installation, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and performance which have been exhibited extensively in various exhibitions and festivals.

Work with K2.0

Current job openings

There are no job openings at K2.0 currently. But keep an eye out for any updates here and or on our social media. 

Writing for K2.0

We are always looking for new voices at K2.0. We collaborate frequently with external authors, photographers and other creatives. If you want to work with us, pitch us a story.

As a regional magazine, we look for stories that offer a deeper understanding of the salient topics affecting Kosovo, the Balkans and beyond. Our mainstays are politics, social justice, human rights, culture and the arts, but we are always open to fresh angles and new topics.

We are a trilingual magazine that accepts submissions in Albanian, Serbian and English and our translators work with every article to publish each piece in all three languages. While our core focus is Kosovo, we also love stories related to Albania, the countries of former Yugoslavia (North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia), and the diasporas of these countries.

How to pitch

The best pitches make us excited to publish your article. Excite us.

Your pitch should answer these questions in a clear and succinct manner: What’s the story? What’s the narrative hook? Who are the characters? Why does the story need to be told now? Why are you the right person to tell it?

Your pitch should tell us this information in a captivating and elegant manner that convinces us you are a strong story-teller who can craft a compelling narrative.

We also want to see that you have read K2.0 and understand our editorial voice and interests. Your pitch should indicate which section of the magazine your story will be for.

Please keep your pitch down to a couple brief paragraphs at most. Also include a brief biographical statement so we know your background, and if you’ve published in the past, include links or clips to some of that work.

If you have already written your story and would like us to consider it for publishing, feel free to send us a draft, accompanied by a short biography about yourself and a picture of yours that we could include in the author bio.

Which magazine section?

Perspectives

We are looking for opinions, analysis and commentary on current social issues you feel should be discussed.

These should be in your own words, meaning, this is not the section for field reporting. You have some space here to include personal interpretation, though everything must be absolutely factually accurate, well argued and have coherent reasoning. We’ll want to be convinced that you have some expertise or unique perspective on the proposed topic. Perspectives are usually around 1,000 to 1,500 words.

In our Perspectives section we’ve covered topics like sexism in local media, Albanian socialist realist art, anti-Roma racism, femicide in Kosovo, and anti-Albanian attitudes in the Macedonian literary scene

If you have an idea for an op-ed or a commentary on current political or social affairs, this is where it would run. 

BlogBox

This is a creative space for people to share ideas, thoughts, experiences, fiction, poetry — pieces in our BlogBox section usually have a touch of the personal, and are more conversational than a Perspectives article. We often work with first time authors in this section. The length of these pieces can vary but you should aim for a minimum of 800 words.

In our BlogBox section we’ve published a personal account of what the complicated border regime between Serbia and Kosovo means for families, an obituary of an inspiring woman who built cultural bridges between Prishtina and Belgrade, and the story of a Jewish doctor who made his home in Prizren.

Some of our most popular blogs have been opinions and commentary from the diaspora and we love to facilitate these conversations, but we also want to publish more local voices and opinions as well.

In-depth

This is our section for narrative, explanatory or “news magazine” features. Here we proactively explore an issue at our own pace, rather than responding to the rapid news cycle. In-depth articles take the time to contextualize and explain the topic from a well-researched journalistic angle. Articles in this section are usually between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

The topics we’ve covered include the struggles of interpreters at the ICTY, the labor conditions of miners in northern Albania, and exciting new women artists in Kosovo. We’ve published profiles of significant figures in the arts and sciences as well as human-driven stories about marital rape, police misconduct, and war crimes investigations.

We often work with journalists outside K2.0 for In-depth articles and want to see your pitches, but we’ll want to see evidence that you have experience handling bigger journalistic projects and can access sources, get great quotes and tell important stories in a compelling manner.

Longform

Our Longform section is for ambitious pieces of literary journalism. We’ve published essays with a personal touch about complicated family histories and the “Albanian Ice Cream Bey of Zagreb,” as well as deeply researched articles about environmental activism, the failures of privatization and impediments to women claiming their property rights.

We love publishing Longform essays from external authors and want to hear your pitches, but you’ll need to convince us that you can pull off the article you are proposing and you should be prepared for extensive rounds of editing.

Photostories

Our photostories use images and light reporting to tell a narrative. If you’re a photographer with a journalistic or story-telling drive, we’re interested in hearing from you. Check out some of our previous photostories to see what we’re looking for.

Internship Program

At K2.0, we love working with young talent. If you are an aspiring journalist or editor in any of the mediums we work in or want to get experience in project management, get in touch. We occasionally offer ad hoc internship positions. Check out our staff page and contact the person you imagine working with. Let us know what you hope to learn from the experience and what you think you can offer.

OUR 2021-2025 STRATEGY

K2.0 2021-2025 Strategy

In 2020, as K2.0 marked its first decade, we started to prepare for what’s next. This was a pivotal moment for us to identify and address the various actions necessary to consolidate our work and plan for our future growth and impact.

In planning our five-year strategy, we took into account the current situation of journalism and media in Kosovo and beyond. Since our beginning, we have continuously reimagined and restructured K2.0‘s content and mission to better address the gaps we see in the broader media environment. Not only are we always trying to stay aware of the political context in which our journalism takes place, we strive to respond to the ever-changing ways people engage with the media.

The new K2.0 strategy aims to respond to these trends in the regional media landscape and the broader political climate. We hope to further expand our presence, engagement and impact as an independent, critical magazine committed to serving the public interest.

Current context

Though Kosovo appears to have a diverse media landscape at first glance, this plurality of media outlets does not mean there are a plurality of voices. In fact, today, media independence — both financial and editorial — continues to be at risk. Consequently, media outlets that critically scrutinize society are scarce. 

Editorial policies are often driven by the pressure to monetize, which encourages an overemphasis on the trivial and sensational. Fact-based and contextualized information in the media has become an anomaly, whereas tabloidization and politicization have emerged as the norm.

Much of the current public debate in the mainstream media appeals to emotion and personal beliefs, which tend to take precedence over fact-based discussions, reporting or independent research. Such a media culture reinforces divisions among communities and contributes to political polarization while deeper topics such as political representation, social and environmental justice, economic equity, gender equality or human rights are passed over.

Additionally, the current political climate suppresses media freedoms. Governments across the region are increasingly seeking to undermine, delegitimize or threaten journalists. This comes in the form of direct verbal attacks (calling journalists “enemies of the people”), legislative attacks on media freedom or even by directly threatening the physical safety of individual journalists.

Another aspect to take into account is that online behavior and practices make it ever more difficult for media outlets to attract the public’s attention. In order to overcome these barriers, media outlets need to be attuned to how they communicate with different communities. However, this challenge is also an opportunity for the media to take innovative approaches to storytelling.

Such a context calls for independent media professionals to rethink and redefine our relationship with the public, you all, the people who are at the center of our work. This means reassessing how we engage with readers and inform them about our work.

Building on 10 years of experience, based on the assessment of our most recent three-year strategy and taking into account the aforementioned media context, K2.0 has prepared a five-year strategy that aims to strengthen and build upon our position in Kosovo and the regional media landscape and to increase our societal impact as an independent, critical magazine committed to the public. 

K2.0 Into the New Decade 

As part of our new strategy, heading into the new decade, K2.0 has prepared a new Vision and Mission statement. In addition, we have outlined a summary of how we define our work today and the grounding principles that guide our work. 

New Vision and Mission

Vision: A society that understands, questions and reimagines the world around us.

Mission: To create powerful, uncompromising journalism that listens to people’s experiences, explains complex realities, provides context and provokes conversations in Kosovo, the region and beyond.

Where we are headed: 

The main goals of our new five-year strategy are:

  1. To produce journalism that is bold, powerful, and impactful through our new magazine model.

Everything at K2.0 magazine is about journalism. Our journalism can be a story or conversation in text, video, photography, or sound; a public lecture, talk, gathering or discussion on salient affairs or marginalized narratives; a workshop, masterclass or program with youth; or all of the above.

The newsroom will significantly change to make sure we are producing this multivariate and multimedia journalism. The priority will be to develop an internal team where everyone possesses multiple talents so that together we can explore each team member’s creativity and know-how to apply their skills across different types of editorial production. Particular emphasis will be placed on cultivating team members who possess both editing and reporting skills, as well as in engaging journalists with the capacities to be slowly trained and promoted to editors as well. 

  1. To make our magazine a venue encouraging a more reflective, attentive and critical society through exploring more groundbreaking and thought-provoking topics, and using captivating media formats.

In the next five-year period, K2.0 aims to embrace a bolder approach in our journalism, as well as expand the scope of topics and perspectives we tackle. We will apply this approach throughout the existing magazine sections. We will work toward consolidating the range of innovative, multimedia formats we have already launched, while also continuing to introduce new formats.

  1. To strengthen our magazine as a space that informs, engages and affects a larger number of people through strengthening our outreach and public engagement.

K2.0 has the potential for a larger readership and more public engagement and impact. We want to leverage this potential, as well as our experience and insight as a space for learning and teaching, to promote social transformation among young people.

  1. To strengthen our financial sustainability and independence by consolidating and diversifying our financial streams of self-generated income, alongside ongoing donor support. 

The main, predominant source of funding for K2.0 is through donor support. However, K2.0 also has a small stream of self-generated revenue, such as through print magazine sales or through providing journalistic services (workshops, lectures, etc). In the coming five years K2.0 will focus on strengthening and broadening our existing revenue sources.

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