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Regional Reporting Fellows 2021

Regional Fellows 2021 in Prague, March 2022

Eastern Partnership Countries

Satenik Hayrapetyan, Armenia

Satenik has more than 10 years of experience as a journalist, first preparing news for Shant TV’s “Horizon” news program, and since 2018 writing articles for the web site. A graduate of the Journalism Faculty at Northern University in Yerevan, Satenik speaks Russian and English in addition to her mother tongue, Armenian.

Hanna Malashenia, Belarus

Hanna is currently working for the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza as a freelance journalist and correspondent in Belarus, writing articles for both the printed and online editions of the newspaper. Hanna previously worked for Intex-press in the city of Baranavichy, writing articles on political, education, and fashion topics. A graduate of the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Journalism, Journalism and Media Studies, Hanna is bilingual in Russian and Belarusian, fluent in Polish, reads and understands Ukrainian and speaks English.

Ivan Petrov, Belarus

Ivan started his professional career doing social media marketing for LSTR Adziennie, organizing photo sessions, selecting texts and visuals for publication, and maintaining social media presences on Facebook, Instagram, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki. Ivan later worked for two NGO organizations, Art Siadziba and; since July 2020, he has worked for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service as a social media marketing specialist. Ivan earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia and has attended several professional courses in social media management and design. Ivan’s native languages are Russian and Belarusian, he has an basic knowledge of Polish and English.

Tamuna Chkareuli, Georgia

Tamuna is a documentary photographer and photojournalist who worked as a staff writer for OC Media and freelanced for Chai Khana. Tamuna earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts History and Theory from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and completed her master’s degree at the University of Westminster, London majoring in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. She has been a grantee of the Tbilisi Photography and Multimedia Museum in 2018, and been selected to attend the Nikon-NOOR Academy 2019. Tamuna is currently supported by Women Photograph. Tamuna’s work has received several awards and been exhibited, among others, at the Kolga International Photography festival. Tamuna’s native language is Georgian, and she speaks fluent English and Russian.

Yuliia Turchynska, Ukraine

Yuliia is currently news author for the online publication, selecting topics, writing texts, and conducting fact checking. Previously, Yuliia worked for the agency “Ukrayinska politychna arena” as a political journalist writing news, articles, and photo reports and organizing and conducting interviews, before serving as a “Thoughts” section editor for LigaBusinessInform, responsible for selecting, checking and editing materials, creating headlines, structuring, and adapting texts. Yuliia, who has earned a master’s degree in political science from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev, speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Western Balkans Countries

Sara Velaga, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sara is a journalist, writer, PR manager and translator who started her career as a correspondent for the portal Balkan Diskurs. She worked as a translator for PhD students from Canada and from Japan, carrying out interviews, research and analysis, and translating interviews into English. She has also worked as PR manager for EURO EXPRESS Brza Posta, as a journalist at Lola magazine writing and editing articles for web and local networks, and for the Banja Luka portal Buka, where she conducted interviews, did research, and wrote stories. Sara currently works as a journalist for the youth magazine KARIKE. Sara graduated from the “Cappa Phi” College of Communications in Banja Luka, majoring in communications and public relations; in addition to her native Bosnian, she speaks English and German.

Bojana Moskov, Montenegro

Bojana is an investigative journalist working as a project assistant and journalist for the crime and corruption reporting network “LUPA.” She previously worked for the Portal za mlade -, where she was a journalist, social media manager, web content manager and project assistant. Bojana also volunteered for Radio Krs, where she was an on-air host and assisted with projects and marketing. Bojana earned a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy, and took part in a six-month Erasmus program at the University of Malta; Bojana is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the University in Montenegro’s Faculty of Political Science. Bojana’s mother tongue is Montenegrin, she is a fluent speaker of Italian and English, and is learning French.

Nemanja Stevanovic, Serbia

Nemanja, a member of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina, works as an independent audio and video journalist writing for and VOICE; he is also a podcast journalist for Reaguj. Nemanja previously worked as a journalist associate at the Media and Reform Center in Nis, writing articles for the news portal and also working in video production. Nemanja is currently finishing his studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Serbian studies from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University in Nis, and has attended a number of trainings on corruption reporting, fact checking and mobile journalism. In addition to his native Serbo-Croatian, Nemanja also speaks English.