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Ivana Nikolic

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About Ivana
Ivana Nikolic is a journalist based in Belgrade, Serbia.
Work experience
•	June 2019 – present 
Fixer and mentor on the documentary project of the British documentary filmmaker Joseph Shawyer. Responsible for finding interviewees, translations, etc.
•	June 2018 – present
Eastern European representative for the promotion of the debut solo album by British musician David Clayton, a keyboard player with the band Simply Red. 
•	November 2016 – present
Founder, editor in chief and web developer at Australiana Serba Internet Magazine (a magazine dedicated to Serbian-Australian ties and other related topics). Built and designed own WordPress Website for the magazine. 
•	February 2016 – present
Taking part in various projects as a freelance journalist. Writing articles and content for different companies, creating videos, conducting interviews, etc. Created and designed own personal website for this purpose as well.
2.	TV Studio B, Masarikova 5 Belgrade
•	September 2003 – February 2016
As an editor, author and host of the popular documentary TV series “Moj Beograd” (“My Belgrade”), conducted over 300 long interviews with renowned Serbian, Italian, Russian, American and other international writers, scientists, actors, musicians, artists, academics, etc. 
•	April 2015 – February 2016
Author of a TV project created in cooperation with the Australian Embassy in Serbia. Worked as editor, author, coordinator and cameraman on this project. The result was the miniseries “Moj Beograd i moj Melburn” ("My Belgrade and My Melbourne"). It was sponsored by the Australian Embassy in Serbia, Etihad Airways and Air Serbia. Most of the episodes are on YouTube:
- TV reporter on the morning program “Beograde dobro jutro” ("Good Morning Belgrade") and the news
	Co-hosted live morning program
English Serbian
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries
Arts & Books Film & Theatre Entertainment & Celebrity

Serbia Convicts Yugoslav Army Soldiers of Kosovo Village Massacres

24 Apr 2024  |  Balkan Insight
Seven former members of the 177th Yugoslav Army Unit were convicted by the Belgrade Higher Court for war crimes committed during the Kosovo war in 1999, receiving various prison sentences. The unit's commander, Toplica Miladinovic, was sentenced to 20 years for ordering the crimes. The retrial, which began in 2010, faced numerous delays and was marked by the challenge of securing witness testimonies. Two defendants were acquitted, and the verdict can be appealed within 30 days.

China in the Balkans: Controversy and Cost

15 Dec 2021  |  Balkan Insight
The article examines China's growing influence in the Balkans, particularly in Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece, highlighting concerns over environmental damage, human rights violations, and economic dependency. Chinese investments in heavy industrial projects, infrastructure, and technology are scrutinized for their lack of transparency and sustainability. The article also discusses the geopolitical implications of China's presence in the region, including its impact on local governance and EU integration efforts.

Governments Continue to Undermine Right to Information Under Cover of COVID-19

28 Sep 2020  |  Balkan Insight
Governments in the Balkans and Central Europe have been undermining the right to information under the guise of COVID-19 measures, with significant drops in responses to freedom of information requests. BIRN's data reveals a decline in transparency, with only 33.6% of FOI requests answered in 2020. Despite commitments to the Open Government Partnership, countries like Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia struggle to meet transparency standards. Authorities in several countries extended FOI response times, raising concerns about press freedom. Proposed legislation in Poland and Romania could further restrict access to public information, drawing criticism from pro-transparency NGOs and experts.

North Macedonia: Facebook Pages Target Users with ‘Identical Content’

25 Jun 2020  |  Balkan Insight
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) identified coordinated disinformation efforts by Facebook pages linked to Macedonian news outlets, amplifying identical content to influence political opinions. These networks, some connected to Adinamic Media and Hungary's Magyar Televizio, have contributed to political polarization in North Macedonia ahead of elections. The networks support the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party and promote pro-Russian content. The findings raise concerns about the integrity of North Macedonia's electoral process.

Tech Giants Urged to Preserve Blocked Content About Virus

22 Apr 2020  |  Balkan Insight
A coalition of 75 signatories, including the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, has urged social media and content-sharing platforms to preserve and make public all data blocked or removed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter emphasizes the importance of this data for researchers, journalists, and public health officials, and calls for transparency reports and access to this information while ensuring privacy safeguards. The letter is addressed to major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, among others, highlighting the need to study the impact of automated content moderation on health outcomes.

Social Media a Help and Hindrance in Balkan Coronavirus Fight

27 Feb 2020  |  Balkan Insight
The article discusses the dual role of social media in the Balkans during the coronavirus outbreak, highlighting both its utility in disseminating information and its potential to spread misinformation. It details specific incidents in Serbia and Croatia where false claims circulated on WhatsApp, causing public panic. Governments in the region are actively combating misinformation and providing accurate updates through official channels. Expert opinions, such as those from Croatian scientist Igor Rudan, emphasize that the public's panic is disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the virus. The article also provides an overview of the current state of the outbreak in the Balkans and measures taken by various governments to address it.

Live reporting

„Moj Beograd i moj Melburn“ (My Belgrade And My Melbourne) is a special edition of documentary TV series „Moj Beograd“. It is the project created by Ivana Nikolić and brought to life thanks to sponsorship of honour by Embassy of Australia in Serbia and shonsorhips by Air Serbia and Etihad Airways. This miniseries consists of 9 epizodes and it is screened in Melbourne, Sydney, Elaine and Belgrade. Ivana’s interviewees for this miniseries were H.E. ambassador of Australia in Serbia Juila Feeney, professor at RMIT University PhD Aleksandra Acker, renowned New Zealand-Australian harpsichordist PhD Donald Nicolson and few other respected members of Serbian diaspora in Australia and Australians who love Serbia and it’s culture, perform Serbian music, learn Serbian language, etc.

Ivana Nikolić interviewed over 300 renowned people as an author and host of „Moj Beograd“ for more than 12 years. Documentary series “Moj Beograd” (My Belgrade) broadcasted at TV Studio B (Serbia) is dedicated to everyone who love Belgrade. It is a valuable document and mosaic of life in Belgrade made of stories told by artists, scientists, bohemians, doctors, writers, sportsmen, journalists, musicians and other „ordinary“ and „extraordinary“ citizens of this city and other people who are in some other way connected to it. All of these people like witnesses of our and past times talk about themselves, people and places dear to them, their memories and hopes and all in all about their experience of Belgrade. Initial ideal was to collect interesting stories about Belgrade, but with time this documentary series became a mission of preserving true values and spirit of Belgrade.

Serbian Village Refuses to Forget WWII Chetnik Massacre

20 Dec 2019  |  Balkan Insight
The article discusses the efforts of a Serbian village to remember the massacre committed by Chetnik forces during World War II, where 67 people, including women and children, were killed. Pantic, a descendant of the victims, established the December 20 Association to commemorate the event. The article details the atrocities committed by the Chetniks, their collaboration with Nazi forces, and the controversial rehabilitation of Chetnik leaders like Draza Mihailovic by a Serbian court in 2015, which has sparked outrage among the victims' descendants and the broader region.

Inspired by NATO Bombing, Serbian Artist Turns Trauma into Art

30 May 2019  |  Balkan Insight
Serbian artist Stojcetovic transforms his trauma from the 1999 NATO bombing into compelling outsider art, gaining regional and European recognition. His works, created with pen and reflecting surreal and disturbing themes, helped him cope with the chaos and fear during the bombing. Stojcetovic now uses his art to assist psychiatric patients and runs Art Brut Serbia, promoting the philosophy that art exists within everyone. Despite international interest, the Serbian outsider art movement remains largely unrecognized at home. Stojcetovic's journey underscores the therapeutic power of art and its role in personal and collective healing.

Nedic Case Reopens Wartime Wounds in Serbia

27 Jul 2018  |  Balkan Insight
The article discusses the controversial case of Milan Nedic, the Nazi-backed wartime leader of Serbia, whose supporters sought to rehabilitate his name. The Belgrade court rejected the rehabilitation request, sparking debates about Nedic's legacy. Proponents argue Nedic saved Serbian lives and took in refugees, while opponents claim his collaboration with Nazis and enforcement of racial laws cannot be excused. The case has reopened old divisions in Serbia, with historians and legal experts providing conflicting testimonies on Nedic's role during World War II.

Belgrade Journalist Takes Cancer Fight to Film

16 Jul 2018  |  Balkan Insight
Marija Ratkovic, a Serbian journalist, turned her personal battle with cervical cancer into a documentary produced by VICE to raise awareness about the disease in Serbia. The film, 'One and a half women, each day,' highlights the high incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer in Serbia, emphasizing the importance of regular medical check-ups and the HPV vaccine. Ratkovic's journey, including her surgery and emotional struggles, is depicted to encourage dialogue on reproductive health and the need for societal change in addressing sexual health openly. Her work aims to promote healthy living, regular check-ups, and the importance of sexual education.

Orthodox Easter Amid Serbia’s Shifting Political Tides

05 Apr 2018  |  Balkan Insight
The article explores the evolution of Orthodox Easter celebrations in Serbia, reflecting on personal family traditions and the broader political shifts from the Communist era to the present day. It highlights how religious practices were suppressed under Tito's Yugoslavia and how they have been revived in recent decades, linking the resurgence of religious observance to the rise of nationalism. The narrative is interwoven with personal anecdotes, providing a nuanced view of how political changes have influenced cultural and religious traditions.

Beer Museums: Another Reason to Visit Serbia

30 Mar 2017  |  Balkan Insight
Serbia is becoming a notable destination for beer enthusiasts with the opening of three beer museums in the northern province of Vojvodina. The museums in Pancevo, Celarevo, and Zrenjanin highlight the region's brewing history and aim to attract tourists. The Zrenjanin museum, set in a historic brewery, will feature old production machines and exhibits. The Celarevo museum, owned by Carlsberg Group, showcases the legacy of Lazar Dundjerski. The Pancevo museum, dedicated to Djordje Vajfert, is part of a revitalization project. These museums are expected to boost local tourism and create a 'Beer Roads' route for visitors.

Belgrade Master Shoemaker Reboots the Family Business

14 Dec 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Branislav Bane Stajic, a master shoemaker in Belgrade, has revitalized his family business by transitioning from shoe repair to custom shoemaking. Despite economic challenges, Bane remains enthusiastic about his craft and has started offering shoemaking lessons, attracting a diverse group of students. His story reflects the resilience and adaptability required to sustain a small business in fluctuating economic conditions.

Designers of Handcrafted Shoes Find Their Feet in Serbia

10 Nov 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Serbian designers Iva Ljubinkovic and Dusan Dokic are gaining recognition for their handcrafted shoes. Ljubinkovic, who started her ABO brand in 2014, focuses on colorful leather shoes and emphasizes quality and design. Dokic, with 15 years of experience, specializes in custom-made men's footwear and highlights the growing trend towards handmade clothing in Serbia. Both designers stress the superior quality of handcrafted shoes compared to factory-made ones, with Dokic criticizing the high prices of designer shoes produced in the Balkans.

Belgrade’s Festival Offers Trip to Planet Jazz

26 Oct 2016  |  Balkan Insight
The 32nd Belgrade Jazz Festival, themed 'Planet Jazz', showcases the globalisation of jazz with artists from Latin America, Scandinavia, and beyond. Running from October 26 to 30 at various venues in Belgrade, the festival features 21 artists from 17 countries. Highlights include performances by the Vlada Maricic Quartet with Brian Lynch, the Alfredo Rodriges Trio, and the Tord Gustavsen Quartet. The festival, with a budget of €200,000, aims to sell 10,000 tickets, marking a significant increase from the previous year. The event, first held in 1971, resumed in 2005 after a hiatus and remains a popular annual attraction.

Serbia Prepares for First Royal Wedding in Decades

21 Oct 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic, grandson of King Alexander I, is set to have a Serbian church wedding at St George’s Church in Oplenac, marking the first royal wedding in Serbia since 1922. The event will include a reception at the White Palace in Belgrade. The article provides historical context about the Karadjordjevic dynasty, including the family's ties to British royalty and the impact of post-war Communist authorities on their property and citizenship. The wedding is expected to attract numerous guests, including a British royal, highlighting the enduring connections between the Serbian and British royal families.

Belgrade Residents Fear ‘Toxic Smoke’ From Tyre-Burning

07 Oct 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Residents of the Cukarica neighborhood in Belgrade are deeply concerned about the health risks posed by the burning of tyres and other materials in a nearby Roma settlement. Despite forming an initiative and alerting local authorities, the burning continues, leading to dense, acrid smoke that affects the community's health. The issue highlights the poor living conditions of the Roma community and the lack of effective action from state institutions. Activists and residents are calling for better housing and living conditions for the Roma, while some residents consider relocating due to the ongoing pollution.

Belgrade’s Artistic Salon Returns with Love Theme

23 Sep 2016  |  Balkan Insight
The October Salon, a significant contemporary arts event in Serbia, returns with the theme 'The Pleasure of Love,' exploring the role of emotion in art. Curated by David Elliott, the exhibition features nearly 60 artists from Serbia, the Balkans, and beyond. The theme is inspired by the French love song 'Plaisir d’Amour.' The Salon, established in 1960, became an international showcase in 2005. The decision to make the exhibition biannual in 2014 sparked controversy, leading to the firing of Mia David Zaric, the acting head of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, who opposed the changes.

Tara Mountain, a True Touch of Nature

21 Sep 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Tara Mountain, located 180km from Belgrade in western Serbia, offers a perfect getaway with its lakes, rivers, hills, and rich history. Declared a National Park in 1981, it is famous for the Serbian spruce. Accommodation options range from state-owned hotels to rustic cottages. The area is ideal for hiking, biking, and fishing, with scenic viewpoints like Banjska stena. The village of Mitrovac offers family-friendly activities and local delicacies. Nearby attractions include the artificial Zaovine lake and the village of Kremna, known for its prophecies. Tara Mountain is accessible by car and public transport, making it a convenient destination for nature lovers.

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

26 Aug 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Mijomir Aleksic, known as Kiri, continues his family's nearly century-old tradition of handcrafting opanci, traditional Serbian footwear, in his Belgrade shop. Despite historical challenges, including wars and political changes, Kiri has successfully maintained and expanded the business to include traditional national costumes. His daughter Katarina is poised to continue the family legacy, making her the fourth generation to do so. The article highlights the resilience and pride of the Aleksic family in preserving their cultural heritage.

German Bunker Found on Serbian Construction Site

11 Aug 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Serbian workers discovered a World War II-era German bunker in Belgrade's Vidikovac district during the construction of a Lidl supermarket. The bunker, believed to have multiple levels, is one of several found in the city. The fate of the bunker remains uncertain, as construction plans require any underground objects to be excavated and destroyed. Another bunker near the Sava river is set to be demolished for the Belgrade Waterfront redevelopment project.

Bulgaria Claims Gold Artefact is World’s Oldest

11 Aug 2016  |  Balkan Insight
A four-millimetre gold bead discovered in Yunatsite, Bulgaria, is claimed by archaeologists to be the world's oldest processed gold artefact, dating back to 4,500-4,600 BC. This discovery, led by Yavor Boyadzhiev of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, predates the previously oldest known gold items from Varna by 200 years. The bead, found in a site believed to be Europe's first urban settlement, will be exhibited in the historical museum in Pazardzhik after analysis. This follows another significant archaeological find in Serbia, where golden and silver tiles were discovered at Viminacium.

Serbian Basketball Heroine Leaves Court

Adventurers Ride the Belgrade Skies

13 Jun 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Skydiving has become a popular adventure sport in Belgrade, Serbia, with several agencies offering jumps from heights of 3,000 to 4,000 meters. Tandem Skok Beograd, operating at Lisicji Jarak sports airport, provides tandem jumps for beginners and solo jumps for advanced skydivers. The experience is described as exhilarating and safe, with instructors like Zeljko Djurdjev ensuring a memorable and secure jump. Prices range from €150 to €280, and the activity is available from spring to fall.

Belgrade Swimming Season Ready to Kick Off

09 Jun 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Belgrade's swimming season at Sava Lake and Ada Ciganlija will officially open on June 10, with facilities available daily until September. The lakes and beaches are free, and various activities and concerts are planned, including a performance by Kiki Lesendric and his band Piloti. Additional swimming options include public and private pools in various neighborhoods, with opening dates in mid-June. GSP will introduce new bus lines to the lake.

Belgrade Pastry Shop Guards Grandpa’s Secrets

15 May 2016  |  Balkan Insight
The 164-year-old Pelivan pastry shop in Belgrade, run by the Al-Shukeir family, has been passed down through generations since its founding by Mustafa, a Goranci wrestler. Despite historical challenges, including the Nazi bombing of Belgrade and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the shop has maintained its original recipes, especially its renowned ice cream. The family has faced economic difficulties but remains committed to preserving their cultural heritage. The shop has served notable figures, including the Yugoslav royal family and Josip Broz Tito, and continues to be a beloved local establishment.

Thousands Mark Tito’s Death Anniversary in Serbia

04 May 2016  |  Balkan Insight
Several thousand people from the former Yugoslav region gathered in Belgrade to mark the 36th anniversary of Josip Broz Tito's death. The event, held at the Museum of Yugoslav History, featured mourners carrying flowers, Communist flags, and pictures of Tito. Attendees included veterans' associations, Tito's relatives, and ordinary citizens, many of whom expressed nostalgia for the perceived better living conditions under Tito's rule. Vendors sold memorabilia, and the event highlighted the enduring legacy and mixed sentiments towards Tito's era.

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