K2.0 is an independent media organization. This means that everything we produce — our articles, podcasts or videos, whether on our website or on social media — are free of any political or corporate influence, conflicts of interest, or other kinds of external pressure. At K2.0 we are guided by our conscience, the ethical standards of our profession and our responsibility to our readers. This is to make sure that we and our contributors feel empowered to say exactly what we need to say — with no exception.
How do we do this?
First, we have strict internal procedures that ensure that our editorial production abides by the highest professional standards. We take this matter very seriously; journalism for us is not only a job — it is a civic vocation.
Second, because we do not rely on state funds and we refuse corporate partnerships that would threaten our independence, we are able to ensure that no political or corporate influence drives our editorial choices. This is a rare choice in the media environment in Kosovo and the region.
So, how do we keep K2.0 running?
You may have noticed that not only in Kosovo, but worldwide, the media situation is getting worse. The advent of social media and the coming of the global digital society have struck an unprecedented blow to the sustainability of the media. Many independent publications have closed. Many others have diluted the quality of their work and started producing click-bait or working in the service of vested interests. In Kosovo, the ability for a publication to support itself from reader support is slim.
We are able to do what we do thanks to our donors — who cover close to 100% of our budget. Donors — be they NGOs, development agencies, embassies or foundations — recognize our role as an independent voice in society and support our 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. Our donors respect our independence, which allows us to maintain the critical voice that our readers have come to expect from us.
Being a non-profit entity, all of our funding goes directly into our work. We receive a mixture of institutional support, which broadly supports our ongoing functions, and support for specific projects.
CRD is an international human rights organization that focuses on protecting people’s civil and political rights. Backing K2.0 since 2011, CRD now supports our ongoing editorial production, which allows us to promote, through our unique journalism, our vision of a better society.
Current support: January 2021 — December 2023
A supporter of K2.0 since 2011, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kosovo has backed some of our most innovative initiatives and creative productions, such as our print publications, advocacy campaigns and multimedia editorial productions. Currently, they support us in enabling Kosovar youth to be better equipped to critically use, understand and create digital content, with a focus on youth perspectives on issues related to gender, ethnicity and political participation.
Current support: August 2022 — July 2024
“HumanRightivism” is a project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Prishtina and implemented by the Community Development Fund (CDF). It works to promote activism and citizens’ engagement in human rights matters. As part of this project, we produce our one-of-a-kind articles, podcasts and videos — particularly on issues related to justice, healthcare and the environment. We also support young and aspiring journalists in getting involved in high-quality multimedia productions, and we advocate for better professional standards in the media.
Current support: December 2019 — December 2023
“Diversifying voices in journalism” is a project funded by the European Union that seeks to promote media pluralism in Kosovo, counter disinformation and build the capacity of media outlets and young or aspiring journalists to produce journalistic content that adheres to the highest professional standards.
Through this project we provide funding and training to media outlets and related organizations to help them realize their own innovative, high-quality media projects. We are also raising the capacity and interest of the youth and journalism students and professionals to understand and produce good journalism, by, among other things, involving them in the editorial work of K2.0 and by producing short documentaries that investigate under and misreported topics of high social significance.
Current support: January 2023 — December 2025
“Enhancing public support for the protection of workers” is a project funded by the European Union that seeks to strengthen the interest and ability of the public to individually and collectively protect labor rights in Kosovo. It is part of “Protecting and Promoting Labour Rights of Vulnerable Groups in the Labour Market,” a larger project implemented by ATRC and BIRN Kosovo.
This project helps us produce in-depth coverage and multimedia content on the rights and conditions of workers in Kosovo, especially those who find themselves in conditions of vulnerability.
Current support: January 2023 — October 2023
“Media Innovation Europe” is a project supported by the European Union and implemented by the International Press Institute, Thomson Foundation, the Media Development Foundation and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. This project helps us expand our capacity to invest in self-generated revenue streams and integrate audience-engaged journalism tools into our editorial production.
Current support: March 2023 — March 2024
“Support to Media Freedom and Pluralism in the Western Balkans” is a project commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in collaboration with Internews and DW Akademie. Through this project, we receive tailor-made support to enhance our financial sustainability and audience reach, in line with the key strategic priorities of our 2021-2025 strategy.
Current support: March 2023 — August 2025
The Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS) is part of the Open Society Foundations — a network of philanthropic foundations supporting independent groups dedicated to justice, democratic governance and human rights. With the backing of KFOS, we employ written and multimedia journalistic tools to empower the public in Kosovo and the wider region, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding environmental issues, actively engage in conversations about energy transition and contribute to the advancement of sustainable energy systems.
Current support: September 2023 — August 2024
“SMART Balkans – Civil society for shared society in the Western Balkans” is a regional project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign affairs and implemented by the Center for Civil Society Promotion (Centar za promociju civilnog društva – CPCD) in partnership with the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) and the Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM). The project aims to strengthen participatory democracy and Euro Atlantic integration in the Western Balkans. As part of this initiative, K2.0 is implementing a media grant that supports our editorial production from Kosovo and the region, aiming to promote transparency, accountability and human rights by fostering a vibrant media landscape.
Current support: May 2023 — December 2023
RBF is a philanthropic foundation advancing social change that contributes to justice, sustainability and peace. Since 2020, RBF has been an institutional supporter of K2.0, funding some of our most innovative products — such as our 2020 HOPE Media Carnival and HOPE magazine. RBF supports our ongoing editorial production, among other things.
Current support: April 2021 — April 2024
RLS is a German foundation committed to a radical perspective emphasizing public awareness, enlightenment and social critique. It follows in the footsteps of the workers’ and women’s movements, and has a strong anti-fascist and anti-racist emphasis. A donor since 2020, RLS currently supports K2.0’s video and article production.
Current support: January 2023 — December 2023
Designed as a pooled funding mechanism, “Engagement for Joint Action” (EJA Kosovo) is a KCSF program that supports civil society initiatives contributing to a democratic and inclusive society in Kosovo. Since 2016, KCSF and its donors have repeatedly supported K2.0, recognizing our unique commitment to a democratic Kosovo. Currently, EJA Kosovo supports K2.0 institutionally, helping us make waves in media and society through talks, articles and multimedia production.
Current support: January 2022 — December 2023
“Reporting Diversity Network 2.0 – RDN 2.0” is a network funded by the European Union, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The network aims to fight hate speech and improve media representation of diversity, particularly of gender, religion and ethnicity. It operates in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Our partners in this project are the Media Diversity Institute (lead), the Albanian Media Institute, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro, the Institute of Communication Studies and SEENPM.
Project duration: April 2020 — March 2024
This project builds upon the success of our regional initiative, the “Reporting Diversity Network 2.0.” It is funded by the European Union and seeks to expand our efforts in monitoring hate speech and media malpractice throughout the region. Our primary objectives include increasing the capacity of media and journalists to uphold professional standards, promoting better representation of diversity in the media and raising awareness among citizens about the vital role that media plays in shaping our societies. The project is active in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Our partners in this project are the Media Diversity Institute Western Balkans (lead), Albanian Woman in Audiovisual, the Foundation ‘Mediacentar’, the Center for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro and Innovative Media.
Project duration: March 2023 — February 2027