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Kristina Jovanovski

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About Kristina
Kristina is a Canadian journalist based in Berlin with more than 15 years of experience, reporting across all platforms, as well as producing in television newsrooms. She has done a mix of video, radio and written reports, including for Euronews, NBC News, The Times of London, BBC, and DW among others.

She films and edits her own packages using a Sony A73 and Adobe Premiere Pro.

She has done lives for Euronews, BBC (radio and television), Sky News, France 24, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Monocle Radio and CBC television.

Previous to Germany, she was based in Turkey, which she still often covers, and before that, she reported on the war in Ukraine from 2014 to 2016 from both sides of the frontline.

Prior to Ukraine, she was based in Hungary. 

Kristina has extensive experience in enterprise reporting in challenging environments, from facing sniper fire to a massive natural disaster. A feature story she did on the 2023 earthquake in Turkey led the entire NBC News website, several packages she filmed, edited and reported for Euronews were picked up by EBU, and a digital video she pitched and filmed for Al Jazeera received a million views online.

She also worked as a news producer for Sky in London and as a news producer and writer for CBC and CTV in Toronto.

She has done hostile environment training, with the help of a Rory Peck Trust bursary.

She received a MA in journalism from Western University and Honours BA with distinction from the University of Toronto, specialising in political science.
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A selection of my on-air work. I set these shots up myself without the help of a camera person or producer.

Filmed, edited and reported TV package. "Israeli and Palestinian restaurant owners in Berlin unite despite war"

West Narrative, Analysts Say

31 Oct 2023  |  themedialine.org
Russia is leveraging the Israel-Hamas war to push an anti-West narrative, capitalizing on perceived double standards by the US. Analysts suggest that Russia is presenting itself as a defender of a Palestinian state to strengthen ties with Muslim-majority countries. China is also seen as using the conflict to criticize US policies. The US faces criticism from both adversaries and allies, including Turkey, for its stance on the conflict. The article highlights the geopolitical maneuvering by Russia, China, and the US, and the complex dynamics involving Turkey's relations with these powers.

Turkey Volunteers To Mediate in Israeli

10 Oct 2023  |  themedialine.org
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed Turkey's willingness to mediate in the aftermath of Hamas' attack on Israel, following improved relations between Turkey and Israel. Erdoğan has engaged in talks with both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Isaac Herzog, emphasizing Turkey's readiness to mediate, including in prisoner exchanges. The US has shown support for Turkey's role, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraging continued engagement. Experts highlight Turkey's unique position due to its relationships with both Israel and Hamas, though caution that Israel's willingness to accept mediation is crucial. The article also notes Turkey's recent diplomatic efforts to attract foreign investment amid economic struggles.

Madeleine McCann suspect’s unrelated rape trial paused after criticism of judge

06 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
The trial of Christian Brueckner, the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, for unrelated sexual offences was adjourned after questions were raised about a judge's fitness to serve. Brueckner, already serving a sentence for a previous rape, faces five new charges. His defense team challenged the judge's impartiality based on a controversial online comment. The trial's outcome remains uncertain, with a back-up judge on standby. The case continues to draw significant media attention, reflecting the high-profile nature of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

Berliners campaign for a new referendum due to high rents

05 Oct 2023  |  hu.euronews.com
Berliners, led by activist Chris Anders, are campaigning for a new referendum to address the city's high rents by proposing a law to expropriate properties from large landlords. The initiative aims to protect tenants and make housing more affordable. Critics, including the German Construction Industry Association, argue that such a law would deter investment and exacerbate the housing shortage, especially given the current challenges in the construction industry due to the Ukraine war.

Germany: 'Noose' around Berlin residents' necks due to high rents

05 Oct 2023  |  gr.euronews.com
Berlin residents face a severe housing crisis with skyrocketing rents and limited availability. Activist group 'Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co' is pushing for a referendum to allow the municipality to purchase over 200,000 apartments from large real estate companies to control rent increases. The Berlin municipality has formed a committee to explore implementing a previous non-binding referendum's decision. Critics argue that such measures could harm the construction industry, already strained by rising material costs due to the war in Ukraine. The debate highlights the tension between protecting tenants and maintaining investment incentives in the housing market.

I study penguins – here’s what they’ve taught me about coping on little sleep

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Researchers studying penguins in Antarctica have discovered that chinstrap penguins take over 10,000 microsleeps a day, totaling about 11 hours of sleep, to cope with the demands of guarding their offspring during breeding season. This fragmented sleep pattern, observed for the first time in an animal, suggests that the benefits of sleep can be achieved gradually. The study, led by Paul-Antoine Libourel and Won Young Lee, highlights the adaptability of penguins to their environment, which may be crucial as climate change alters their habitat. While the findings offer insights into animal behavior, the researchers caution against applying these sleep patterns to humans.

Battle for Istanbul: Mayor Imamoglu seeks to upend Erdogan's hold in pivotal local vote

01 Oct 2023  |  www.jpost.com
Turkey's local elections, particularly the race for Istanbul, are seen as crucial for the opposition's chances against President Erdogan in future elections. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who previously defeated Erdogan's ally, faces off against Murat Kurum, a former member of Erdogan's cabinet. The election's outcome could significantly influence Turkey's political and economic future. The opposition faces challenges with a split vote and new leadership, while the governing party risks a split with the New Welfare Party. The election is expected to be closely contested, with significant implications for both local and national politics.

Strapped Turkey Tries To Lure Investment From the Gulf

20 Jul 2023  |  themedialine.org
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on a tour of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar, to attract foreign investment for Turkey's struggling economy. The trip aims to secure investment deals, particularly in tourism, health, and banking sectors. Turkey's devalued lira and large consumer market are highlighted as attractive for foreign investors. A significant deal for Saudi Arabia to purchase Turkish Bayraktar drones was announced. The article also discusses Turkey's economic challenges, including high inflation and foreign debt, and Erdoğan's controversial financial policies. Recent government moves to address economic criticism are noted.

Canada’s largest school system will no longer plan trips to the U.S.

24 Mar 2023  |  Los Angeles Times
The Toronto District School Board has decided to halt planning trips to the U.S. due to concerns that students might be unfairly stopped at the border, particularly those from Muslim-majority countries affected by President Trump's travel ban. Although the ban is currently blocked by judges, the board is taking a cautious approach. If any student or staff member is denied entry without a legitimate reason, all participants will return to Toronto, and future trips will be canceled. The board oversees 584 schools with many students from the listed countries. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stated that there are no new travel restrictions and that the number of Canadians denied entry has decreased compared to previous years. Other Canadian educational institutions and organizations, like the Girl Guides of Canada, have also canceled trips to the U.S. over similar concerns.

The city that didn't collapse: How Erzin became a haven from Turkey's earthquake

"Syrian Girl Flees Refugee Camp To Find Her Parents" - AJ+ This video I shot received over a million Facebook likes. I tracked down the girl in Germany six months later for a follow-up video which received 500, 000 likes in 24 hours.

Violence Mars Lead-Up to Turkish Elections as Erdogan Seeks Another Term

08 Nov 2018  |  NBC News
The article discusses the tense and violent atmosphere surrounding the upcoming elections in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking another term. The Human Rights Association in Turkey has reported numerous incidents of violence against opposition supporters. The violence includes beatings, stabbings, and even deaths, with the majority of attacks targeting opposition parties. The state of emergency following the 2016 failed coup has led to a crackdown on dissent, with many academics, politicians, and journalists detained. The elections are expected to be close, and if no presidential candidate achieves a majority, a second round will be held. Concerns about election-related violence are high, with warnings from various international entities. The elections will also introduce a new executive presidential system, increasing the president's powers. Opposition candidates, including the imprisoned Selahattin Demirtas of the HDP, are struggling to be heard in a media landscape dominated by Erdogan's allies.

Friends say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'was afraid'

09 Oct 2018  |  NBC News
The article discusses the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Friends and colleagues describe Khashoggi's fear of Saudi Arabia's rulers, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi policies, had gone into self-imposed exile in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post. The article details Khashoggi's criticism of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the crackdown on dissent, and the treatment of women's rights activists. Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, a claim Saudi officials deny. The international community, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, has expressed concern over the incident. The article includes perspectives from various individuals who knew Khashoggi or are following the case closely.

Aleppo zoo animals wait to be re-homed from Turkey rescue centre

05 Aug 2017  |  www.telegraph.co.uk
A rehabilitation centre in Turkey is caring for 13 evacuated zoo animals from Aleppo, Syria, including lions, bears, tigers, hyenas, and dogs. The animals, rescued by the charity Four Paws with support from the Turkish government, show signs of physical and psychological trauma from the war. Plans are underway to relocate the animals to sanctuaries in Jordan and the Netherlands. The article highlights the challenges faced by the animals and the efforts to ensure their recovery.

Ukraine's children of war: The mental scars of conflict

14 Apr 2016  |  www.ibtimes.co.uk
Since the conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014, over 215,000 children have been internally displaced, with many seeking refuge in Mariupol. The ongoing violence has left deep psychological scars on children, manifesting as fear, aggression, and regressive behavior. UNICEF and local organizations like the Mariupol Youth Union are providing psychosocial support to help children cope with the trauma. Despite a ceasefire agreement, shelling continues, and the mental health of children like 8-year-old Ivan and 11-year-old Valeria remains a significant concern. International monitors and UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond have noted increasing violence, and the uncertainty of the situation continues to affect the lives of those displaced by the conflict.

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