Nikoleta Popkostadinova

Nikoleta Popkostadinova from Sofia, Bulgaria, is a freelance journalist specializing in social affairs.  She has worked as a reporter for the Bulgarian weekly Capital and Transitions Online, and as an editor for the monthly magazine Vice


Nikoleta received the 2006 UNDP-sponsored media award for ethnic and religious tolerance. In 2007, she won first prize for her Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence report: Jobs Boom in Bulgaria Leaves Roma Behind.

She received a 2008 Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation award for her work covering issues connected to fund-raising and charitable causes.

Her interest in social and minority issues prompted her to investigate how Bulgarian Roma have been affected by Sofia’s recent EU accession and the extent to which they benefit from the physical and social mobility it affords.

In her research, she also examined conditions and prospects for Roma communities throughout the Balkans.

Nikoleta is now a freelance journalist based in the Netherlands, where she is studying for her Master of Science in communication studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Her fellowship research was supervised by Albena Shkodrova, an editor for BIRN’s Balkan Insight.

Fellowship Portfolio

Jobs Boom in Bulgaria Leaves Roma Behind

If no investment is made soon in the marginalised Roma, Europe’s largest minority will remain in a poverty trap.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

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.

Roma Decade

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?