Maja Hrgovic from Zagreb, Croatia, currently works for daily newspaper Novi list as a journalist in the culture section
She has several years’ experience of covering gender issues and she is one of the leading bloggers in Croatia. One of her fictional works was included in an anthology of the best Croatian short stories of 2007.
In 2009 Maja was awarded with the first prize at the end of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence annual programme for the article “Families Pay the Price as Women Go West”.
She took research trips to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria, to discover the consequences of female economic migration from the Balkans.
Maja's research was supervised by Srecko Latal, an editor from Bosnia and Herzegovina and a BIRN associate.
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The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.
Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?