Ivana Nikolić

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Programme Manager, BIRN Investigative Reporting Initiative (IRI)

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

Since February 2020, Ivana has worked as a Programme Manager for IRI, currently coordinating two projects: Paper Trail to Better Governance and Spheres of Influence Uncovered. This programme primarily deals with the production of cutting-edge country-based and cross-border stories, training of journalists and developments related to the freedom of information sphere in the Western Balkans.

Ivana 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. She also worked as a researcher and journalist on three documentaries produced by BIRN: The Unidentified, Your House Was My Home and the latest one, Forgotten Victims, published in 2023.

In recent years, Ivana 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.