Baltic Centre for Media Excellence is a hub for smart journalism in the Baltics, the countries of Eastern Partnership and beyond

Our mission

We promote professional growth, media intelligence and critical thinking and strive for positive change in journalism and communities it serves

What do we do

We deliver needs-based media training to editorial offices of independent nationwide and local media, gather intelligence on regional media trends and skills, as well as research media audiences with a focus on those most vulnerable to propaganda messages




  • We work individually with Newsrooms, fine-tuning each workshop or consultancy to their particular requests and ambitions, but also bring them together for a conversation on pressing issues in today’s journalism, thereby contributing to building stronger journalistic community, a key element in societal resilience.

  • We work with media audiences, too, equipping them with user-friendly tools for critical and constructive media consumption and informed media production. Our experts and trainers are internationally renowned professionals whom we are proud to work with.

BCME Board

The executive institution of the BCME is the Board. Currently, the Board consists of seven members.




  • Jolanta Tarasevičiene

    LT, chairperson of the board, head of international relations, the Lithuanian Public Broadcaster LRT

  • Aiste Žilinskiene

    LT, head of the Lithuanian Online Media Association

  • Nika Aleksejeva

    LV, data literacy trainer, chair of the board of School of Data

  • Andres Jõesaar

    EE, vice-rector for creative activities and cooperation, Tallinn University and head of Media Research at the Estonian Public Broadcaster ERR

  • Riina Rõõmus

    EE, board member of the Estonian Public Broadcaster ERR

  • Bettina Ruigies

    GE, DW Akademie, regional coordinator for Europe and Central Asia

  • Anna Peipiņa

    LV, Head of Faculty of Communication, Riga Stradiņš University




EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Gunta Sloga

    LV, executive director of the BCME

  • Gunta Sloga, executive director of the BCME, is an experienced Latvian journalist and editor, who has won a recognition for her reporting and investigations done for newspaper “Diena”. As a commissioning editor for Latvian Television she has made an input in developing high quality content and has been working on future strategies of public broadcasting. Gunta Sloga has also been working on strengthening quality journalism and supporting new media initiatives as a Media programme director at Soros Foundation Latvia.

Our partners

The BCME has developed a network of meaningful partnerships with distinguished media development organizations in the region and wider Europe.




  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • IREX Europe
  • Transitions Online
  • BBC Media Action
  • DW Akademie
  • Norwegian Institute of Journalism
  • Independent Journalism Centre of Moldova
  • European Federation of Journalists

Our donors

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
  • The Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia
  • The Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  • The Embassy of Canada to Latvia
  • The European Endowment for Democracy
  • The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • The United States Embassy in Latvia
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • British Council

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