Aida Kalender manages the editorial policy and development of MCOnline. As a long-term associate of Mediacentar, she has additionally worked in marketing, public relations, and event management capacities. As an experienced journalist and manager interested in culture, Kalender currently leads the NGO Akcija, which focuses on the development of the independent cultural scene, as well as the establishment of cultural policy in BiH. Additionally, she is one of the founders of the Futura music festival. Kalender holds Master's degrees in Arts and Media Management from the Utrecht School of Arts, and in European Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick.
Director of the Ethical Journalism Network and member of the SEE Media Observatory Advisory Board
Attila Bátorfy (1984): Journalist of Kreatív, Hungary's leader b2b trade monthly paper and daily news site about media and advertising topic. His main research fields are corruption, state capture and ownership relations on the media market. Awarded with Quality Journalism Award, János Eörsi Memorial Award for Outsanding Reporting on Economics and Prima Junior Award. Studied media theory and art history at Eötvös Loránd Science University.
Aslı Tunç holds a PhD in Media and Communication at Temple University. She is currently a Professor of Media Studies at Media School, Istanbul Bilgi University.
Aleksandra Bogdani is an investigative journalist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, in Albania. Bogdani has long experience as deputy editor-in-chief on daily newspapers such as MAPO and Shekulli. Bogdani was a participant in BIRN’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence programme 2012. She is the winner of the 2015 CEI - SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism and the winner of the 2014 EU Investigative Journalism Award in Albania.
Arbana Xharra is an investigative journalist from Kosovo. She has won numerous awards for her reporting and was a 2015 recipient of the International Women of Courage Award from the US State Department. Xharra has been working as a journalist since 2001. She worked for Koha Ditore, the first independent newspaper established in Kosovo. She has been a contributor to Balkan Insight and is currently editor-in-chief of Zëri newspaper.
Xharra is three-time winner of the UNDP Prize for her articles on corruption in Kosovo in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2012 she was awarded a Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence and studied the changing attitudes towards Islam in Kosovo. In 2013 she was awarded the ‘Rexhai Surroi’, award by the KOHA Group for an article on extremism and the Stirring Up Debate Award from INPO Ferizaj (Progress Initiative)for creating public discourse on religious extremism.
In 2015 she won the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award for the European division.