Ph.D., associate Professor at Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
Bojana Barlovac is a PhD candidate at Belgrade University’s Faculty of Political Science (Culture and Media Department). She is involved in a few media projects as a researcher, journalist or consultant. She has been working as associate editor for BIRN’s flagship website Balkan Insight since 2009. Furthermore, she serves as a lecturer at web journalism seminars for an association of Serbian journalists.
Bojana spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee in the US, where she focused on gender studies and the media. Previously, she worked as a news reporter for two of the largest media outlets in Serbia – TV B92 and Fox Television.
Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency of Republic of Serbia.
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.
Edona Fetoshi is a graduate of English Language and Literature. She was born in 1992 in Rahovec (southern Kosovo). She started working with Press Council of Kosovo since April 2014. Edona is involved in different projects of Press Council of Kosovo, including the Journalism Ethics School, Outreach program with correspondents etc.
Dan Gillmor is an American technology writer and columnist. He is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Gillmor is also the author of a popular weblog covering technology news and the Northern California technology business sector, criticizing rigid enforcement of copyrights, and commenting on politics from a liberal perspective.
The Novi Sad School of Journalism is a civil society organization, founded in 1996 and is very experienced in advocacy in the field of promotion of human rights and democratic reforms as well as in education of journalists.
NSSJ fields of activities are communications strategies, civic actions aimed at putting social problems on the public agenda, advocacy, democratization of civil society and the affirmation of European integration.
ISUF BERISHA is a PhD candidate in Political Philosophy at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He worked as a journalist (1982–1995), media development officer (1996–2005), head of media regulator (2006–2007) and a media researcher and trainer (2005–2010) in Kosovo.
Currently, he is teaching research methods and economic sociology at the Riinvest College in Pristina, Kosovo. Berisha contributed this report as a researcher engaged by the Press Council of Kosovo, a partner organisation in the SEE Media Observatory.
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.
Peter Preston is a columnist for the Guardian and the Observer. He was previously editor of the Guardian for 20 years, from 1975 to 1995, and has written two books, Bess (1999) and The 51st State (1998).
Ms. Ilona Moricz is the director of the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ), a Hungarian media development NGO which has the mission to promote quality and ethical reporting and supports independent journalism in Hungary. Since 1997, when she joined this organization, she has accumulated vast experience in projects to improve professional standards of journalism, promote fair diversity reporting and strengthen self-regulation in media in Hungary and internationally. She is a member of the Board of SEENPM, a network of 18 non-profit media development centers and institutes from 12 countries. A journalist by profession, after her university graduation she worked as a reporter then international news editor at the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) and later editor at the daily newspaper Kurír.
Milena Perović Korać
Milena Perovic Korac is the editor in chief of weekly Monitor from Podgorica. She has been writing for Monitor for 14 years, and is specialised particularly for investigative reports on issues related to non-transparent privatizations, organized crime, media, etc. She was also the first president of Commission for Appeals and Petitions of the National Television, RTCG.
Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) is an initiative to support and promote editorial independence in the Turkish press. It is a not-for-profit, civil society organization with a broad mission to build capacity in the Turkish media, create a public appetite for media independence, define and promote best journalistic practice, and more specifically to encourage the transition to web-based journalism. P24 provides content, brings issues of media integrity to public attention, encourages investigative journalism and provides assistance to news sites of proven integrity and organises trainings for young professionals.
The executive director of South East European Network for Professionalisation of Media (SEENPM)
Ljubica Grozdanovska-Dimiškovska holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication Studies from the University “Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. Currently, she is a Program and Development Director of the Foundation for Debate and Education, IDEA Southeast Europe.
Advisor at Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro
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.
Lavdim Hamidi has been covering news on the economy in Kosovo since 2002 and currently works as the Deputy Editor in Chief in daily newspaper “Zëri” in Prishtina. Lavdim was focused on public mismanagement money, involvement of government official into corruption and organized crime. For more than a decade, Hamidi published investigative stories on privatization process how this process was challenged from occupiers with powerful connections. He also investigated a lot of scandals related to high officials in government, public enterprises, private sector etc.
Lavdim has been honoured with several local and international awards for his journalistic work since 2008, including a first prize at the annual Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence program in Vienna, annual award for journalism in 2011 ‘Rexhai Surroi’ from the KOHA Media Group, the special award for investigative journalism in Kosovo, EU award for investigative journalism in Kosovo last year with the story for illegal migration, etc. Lavdim received his Master’s degree in International Economic Relations in 2012 in South Eastern European University in Macedonia.