Investigative Reporting Lab
Saška Cvetkovska is an investigative reporter and a media freedom activist. She was one of the founders of the online news media "NOVATV" in 2013, where she worked as an investigative editor until the January 2018. She then decided to set up the "Investigative Reporting Lab" - an NGO whose mission is to fight misinformation with real reporting through inter-disciplinary approaches that include technology, academic researchers, marketing experts and investigative reporters. She also works as an investigative reporter for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project - a cross-border platform with over 30 member centres in Europe, Central Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.
Cvetkovska is Skopje’s leading investigative reporter, and has already received over 10 domestic and regional awards. She follows both national and international corruption and organized crime on national and international level, and is also the author of "Mediapedia" - the first database of media ownership to have mapped online news media in Skopje in 2014.
Since 2016, she has been working on a project called "Spooks and Spins: Information Wars in the Balkans", currently finding solutions and testing ideas to help lessen the impact of propaganda and strengthen that of real journalism as an essential tool in the fight against misinformation.
Over the past few years, Cvetkovska has also worked on series of national and cross-border investigations that have exposed corruption, the illicit arms trade, espionage and the trading of influence in the global information wars, as well as propaganda and misinformation and their connections to high-level corruption and their use as a new tool to threaten democracy. Many of the stories that she published were researched while she and her team were under constant threat of attack and the targets of long-term government surveillance and wire-tapping. Cvetkovska herself was wire-tapped by Skopje’s counter-intelligence services between 2014 and 2016. Her work has been published in the Guardian, on Buzzfeed and through other leading global media outlets.