Mediana Halili

Mediana is in the last year of her bachelor’s studies at the Department of Journalism at the University of Pristina. She joined the BIRN team in September 2019.

She is mainly focused on the field of local governance but is also exploring new areas.

Ardita Zeqiri

Ardita joined the BIRN team in October 2019.

She graduated from the Philosophy Department at the University of Pristina, and before joining BIRN completed an internship at the Dean’s Office at the University of Pristina. She has also undertaken a number of training courses, including at Sbunker, The American Corner and at BIRN.

Ardita covers governance in the Municipality of Pristina but also focuses on international politics, both in the region and around the world.

Sasa Dragojlo

Sasa joined BIRN in 2020 as a correspondent for Balkan Insight. Previously, he has worked for Balkan Insight from 2015 to 2016.

He has also worked for Insajder, the Serbian investigative media portal and a television show in Belgrade. As a part of Insajder team, he worked on documentaries involving political corruption, financial crime and social and workers’ rights. He is the co-author of the investigational documentary entitled, “State against the Workers”, about financial crime in Gosa, Serbia’s railway line factory, author of the documentary, “Bristolska straza” (Bristol guard), about homeless war veterans, and of the documentary “In a Vicious Circle”, which dealt real estate fraud in the country.

During his journalism career, Sasa has published articles in Serbian and regional media, such as the investigative portal KRIK, weeklies NIN and Vreme, daily Danas, the fact-check portal Istinomer, Vice Serbia, Kosovo 2.0 and others.

Sasa has a bachelor degree in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and speaks Serbian and English.

Nejra Mulaomerovic

Based in Sarajevo, Nejra is working closely with project coordinator teams, carrying out and assisting in the implementation of programmes across all of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s platforms.

Before joining BIRN, she worked in the Gallery 11/07/95 and the museum sector for five years, focusing on improving cultural development and programming within the projects on memorialisation, the culture of remembrance and promotion of human rights.

Nejra is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow – a programme that explores issues of democracy, pluralism, human rights, and social justice and brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance.

She graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. She is currently working on a master thesis in the same department.

Nejra speaks Bosnian, English and Italian.

Seid Hrncic

Seid joined BIRN in November 2019 after 11 years of working experience in the business sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Before BIRN Seid worked as a marketing manager, and later as a director of marketing and finance for RTV SLON in Tuzla. After ten years in private media, he went into the business sector and started to work as a marketing manager for Sarajevo brewery, where he worked since 2008. He graduated at the University of Tuzla, at the Faculty of Economics.

Minja Ranisavljevic

Based in Belgrade, Minja manages the output of BIRN’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other relevant platforms.

Before joining BIRN, Minja worked for METRO TV News, Media Indonesia/Jakarta, Indonesia and at Lui & Frasca, P.C., as a Legal Assistant in Newton, MA, USA.

She is a recipient of the Haupt Scholarship, Jessica A Morten Scholarship, and Megan McAdams’ 2008 International Community Award, at Skidmore College in the United States.

Minja holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Skidmore College.

She speaks Serbian, English, French and some Indonesian, Spanish, and Russian.

Katerina Petrovska

Based in Belgrade, Katerina is working on strategies and ideas for BIRN’s social media team, including providing new and creative ideas to help attract more readers.

Before joining BIRN, Katerina volunteered at Share Foundation, worked on their newsletter, an was also part of its organisational team for the event “European Journalism in the Digital Age” in Perast.

Katerina graduated in business management from the University of Skopje, and digital marketing at the Faculty of Media and Communication (FMK) in Belgrade.

Currently, she is working on her masters in the creative industries field.

She speaks Serbian, Macedonian and English.

Ivana Nikolic

Ivana joined BIRN in 2020. Based in Belgrade, she is responsible for managing and coordinating all activities within the BIRN Investigative Resource Desk programme, including BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting.

Ivana first joined BIRN in 2014 as a Balkan Insight correspondent for Serbia. She also contributed to Balkan Insight’s Transitional Justice programme and was a coordinator for BIRN’s bi-weekly newspaper, Belgrade Insight. In recent years, she worked as a freelance journalist for various media outlets in Serbia, including BBC News in Serbian as well as several LGBT+ and popular science magazines in the country.

As a student, Ivana was awarded a European Commission scholarship for a student exchange programme at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She also received grants from Serbia’s Ministry of Education on several occasions.

Ivana holds a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Political Sciences.

She is currently working on her master thesis about culture of remembrance at the same Faculty.

Ivana speaks Serbian and English, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Nuhi Shala

Nuhi Shala joined BIRN in 2019 after 18 years of experience as an interpreter, administrative assistant and registrar with international missions in Kosovo.

Nuhi completed his postgraduate studies at the Department of Political Science in the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Prishtina. His hobbies are reading and sports, football and Formula One in particular, as well as domestic and international politics. Nuhi’s main motto is “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as he is one of the most passionate fans of Liverpool FC on our staff.

Blendi Shaqiri

Blendi is currently a student at the Computer Science branch of Iliria College.

After his dreams of becoming a footballer faded, Blendi found another release for his creative side by exploring video editing. He currently works as a Cameraman and Junior Video Editor at BIRN.