Exceptional individuals from various areas of journalism and media will watch over Oštro.
Today, when we are faced with a decline in democratic norms and principles, investigative journalism is the last frontier before all kinds of totalitarisms.
She was taken by investigative journalism in 2006, when she was a journalist of the daily Delo, that she divorced at the end of March 2018. Until today she has acquired extensive experiences and specialized skills in investigative and data journalism, and she will continue to build on those as a the founder of Oštro, Center for investigative journalism in the Adriatic region.
She spent the year 2015 in courtrooms, because she was persecuted for allegedly publishing clasified information in stories about neo-Nazis in the ranks of the party SDS. She faced a three year prison sentence, but was eventually acquitted of all charges. In the same year she founded The MEPs Project which brought together journalists that represent all 28 EU member states. They demand the European Parliament releases data on how Membersa of the European Parliament spend their professional allowances.
She works for OCCRP as an editor and coordinator of cross-border investigative projects. She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the network of journalists behind Forbidden Stories. For her work and that of her colleagues she received the Websi award in the media category, and the Watchdog award for exceptional achievements given by the Slovene Association of Journalists. For her work on The MEPs Project the European online media outlet Politico Europe ranked her 6th among 28 most influential Europeans in 2018.
Her heart is divided to Slovenian on her mother’s side, and Croatian on her father’s side, therefore she will cover both Slovenia and Croatia at Oštro.
Investigative journalism is one of few things that still make a big difference for the better in the world.
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucić is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money. She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the network of journalists behind Forbidden Stories.
dr. Nataša Pirc Musar
The main role of investigative journalism should and must be to investigate what others do not want or do not know how to. Investigative journalism takes time to uncover the truth, and yes it is worth it – a true change maker.
After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana in 1992, Nataša passed the national bar examination in 1997 and completed PhD studies in 2015 at Vienna University, Austria. She was employed for six years at the Slovenian national TV station as a journalist and news presenter for the main news programme. Subsequently, she worked for five years as a news presenter at »24 ur« , the prime news programme of the largest commercial TV broadcaster in Slovenia, POP TV. In April 2003 she became the Director of the Training and Communications Centre of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia. From 2004 until 2014 Nataša has held the office of Information Commissioner (in charge of Data Protection and Access to public information). In October 2009, she was elected Vice President of the Europol Joint Supervisory Body, and in March 2013 President of the JSB Europol. Nataša has her own law firm since 1 January 2015.
The role of investigative journalism is uncovering all kind of wrongdoings and lies of people and organisations in power.
Nils Mulvad is a co-founder of the Global Network for Investigative Journalism and other international networks such as Farmsubsidy.org. He was CEO for the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting, Dicar, 2001-2006, European journalist of the year in 2006, and he also teaches data and web courses for journalists with focus on using social and mobile media. Nils Mulvad is partner and editor at Kaas & Mulvad and has been associate professor at the Danish School of Media and Journalism from 2001 to 2015.
Investigative journalism today is a guarantee of a free future for all, not just a few. It’s more important than even the majority of journalists is willing to admit.
Journalist and media activist turned entrepreneur. Partner and Story Producer at Dobre zgodbe storytelling studio. Still a media geek and an NGO freak at heart. Believer. Democracy stands or fails with quality journalism.
Members of the Board of Experts
Marina Walker Guevara
The role of investigative reporting is to uncover broken systems and abuses of power that harm people.
Marina Walker Guevara is the deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a network of reporters in 80 countries who collaborate on stories of global concern. She has managed the two largest collaborations of reporters in journalism’s history: the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which involved hundreds of journalists and media partners using technology to unravel stories of public interest from terabytes of leaked financial data.
dr. Marko Milosavljević
As a former music journalist, I will quote Peter Gabriel: we will always need investigative journalism to keep »Digging in the dirt«. And if it is powerful enough, it can be a true force to improve our societies, a true »Sledgehammer«.
Marko Milosavljević is Associate Professor at the Chair of Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He is a member of the Core Experts Group (EENCA) for Media and Culture, advising European Commission. He is a vice-president of ECREA Communication Law and Policy section. He is regular partner of different international institutions including European University Institute (Center for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom) Florence, Open Society Foundations London, European Journalism Centre Maastricht, and South East European Network for Professionalization of Media.
His research examines the role of media and journalism within the wider political, regulatory and economic framework, particularly the economic sustainability, digital disruption, and political and policy interventions.
He was, among others, the chairman of National Fund for Pluralisation at Ministry of Culture, a member of National Committee for Information Society, and adviser to the Slovenian Ministry of Culture for National Strategy on Media Development.
Oštro is a partner center of OCCRP
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