Based in Kyiv, Ukraine, Vlad is a staff reporter for Kyiv Post and regional editor for OCCRP. He reported from the frontline of the Kyiv barricades, and was a leader in the famous YanukovychLeaks campaign to make thousands of the former Ukraine President’s rescued documents available online. He worked on OCCRP’s Offshore Crime Inc. and Proxy Platform projects; the latter was shortlisted for the European Press Prize and the Outstanding International Reporting award. With OCCRP he investigated cigarette smuggling in the Ukraine-EU border area in Tobacco Roads, and participated in ICIJ’s Tobacco Underground, subsequently awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Tom Renner Award, the Overseas Press Club of America Award, and the Online Journalism Award for best web coverage of international affairs.
Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He is a co-founder of Pop-Up Newsroom, which has led major collaborative reporting initiatives in the UK, US and Mexico since launching in 2017.
Tom has moderated panels and led workshops on digital journalism at Personal Democracy Forum, RightsCon, Stockholm Internet Forum, Prix Italia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and the European Journalism Center’s News Impact Summit (Doha).
Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East, Europe and Latin America’s leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills. With Wafaa Heikal, Tom curates the verification and viral debunk newsletter The Checklist.
Nika is a data visualisation, data storytelling and data journalism trainer. She was working at Infogram, a popular data visualization service, for three years running workshops, webinars, and building a global Infogram Ambassador network. In 2016 Nika became the School of Data fellow with a mission to introduce data journalism in the Baltic states. She used her fellowship to establish the School of Data local chapter. Its mission is to help society make more data-driven decisions by enhancing overall data literacy level. Nika is also a data journalism trainer with the Baltic Centre of Media excellence.
Tom Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, Šarūnas Černiauskas joined OCCRP in 2015 and is a regional editor for the Baltics. He leads Siena.lt, the first Lithuanian non-profit organisation dedicated entirely to investigative reporting, and an OCCRP member centre. He has contributed to numerous investigations, including the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers. He was a key contributor to the Troika Loundromat investigation, which won the Sigma Data Journalism Award in 2020.
With an international team, he also investigated misuse of EU funds by members of the European Parliament and was shortlisted for the European Press Prize in 2017. Šarūnas has received several national awards and became the first laureate of the Investigative Journalism Prize established by the Vilnius University, awarded for his efforts to revive investigative journalism in Lithuania.
Riga-based digital designer at Meduza. In partnership with the design department, he helps the editorial board to work efficiently and makes reader experience smooth and beneficial. His role embraces all various visual formats of Meduza: from interactive infographics and games to video-explainers and social network presence. He also assists in updating and maintaining the design and templates system of the company.
Nastya is the art-director in Meduza. She is in charge of how it looks and works on every platform available: website, applications, social networks, and wherever you can find Meduza’s reports, including offline schools and
conferences. In strong collaboration with the technology and innovation departments, she is specifically focusing on product design tasks.
Taras is a specialist in psychosomatic medicine, crisis intervention and psychotherapy with work experience since 2008; Lecturer for the Riga Stradins University since 2009, co-author for the project “Burnout Syndrome: Treatment and Prevention Options for Healthcare Professionals”, commissioned by the Ministry of Health and the Disease
Control and Prevention Centre (2015). He is also an author of Sensomotoric Communication System; Aspiring for an academic grade since 2018.
Editor in Postimees – the largest and oldest daily newspaper in Estonia. Before that Jekaterina Minkova worked as a director of Russian investigative TV-show “Insight” on Estonian ETV+ and as an editor for investigative TV-show “Radar” on Estonian Channel 2 (Kanal 2).
Rūta Juknevičiūtė is a member of Lithuanian Public Broadcaster LRT investigation team. She works on political corruption cases, environmental, and national security topics. Last year Rūta‘s investigation on Seaport of Klaipėda was recognized by Vilnius University as the best investigative work in 2019. Before joining LRT‘s investigation team Rūta had worked as a political correspondent at „Info TV“ news channel, did numerous work at other various news outlets.
Jurgita Čeponytė is a member of the Lithuanian Public Broadcaster LRT investigation team. She works with a wide range of stories including nepotism, political corruption, and money laundering. Previously Jurgita worked as a business reporter that‘s why at the moment she prefers stories involving business representatives and corruption schemes. Jurgita, as other 4 members of the investigation team, publishes her stories across multiple platforms: television, radio, online, and social. That‘s why all members have the skills to adapt each investigation to different media.