Aleksandra Denkovska Gocevska

Aleksandra Denkovska Gocevska

Aleksandra Denkovska Gocevska

Macedonia | Correspondent, NOVA TV

Macedonian Fellow | Host: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gocevska, 30, joined two colleagues from NOVA TV this year to launch a new media organization in Macedonia called the Investigative Reporting Lab.

Young journalists in Macedonia lack skills and practical experience in investigative reporting methods, and that is inhibiting their professional growth, Gocevska wrote in her application essay. “Even with a university degree, journalists are provided little applicable skills to tackle real-life investigations with proper reporting.”

Gocevska was a reporter for a daily newspaper and then a news service before joining NOVA TV. Gocevska says her “real love for journalism” came during an investigative reporting training session when she heard a talk by Paul Radu, a former Alfred Friendly Fellow and a co-founder of Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium operating in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Central America.

“The way he talked about his work, and how he and his colleagues worked on stories inspired me,” Gocevska said. “I knew what I wanted in life.” For her first investigative story, she went undercover to visit an institution in Skopje for children with educational and social problems.

Gocevska will work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after her training at the Missouri School of Journalism.