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Team

Organisational structure

The organizational structure of Factcheck.bg includes a Project Manager, Partnership Coordinator, Editor, Database Consultant, Social Media Manager and four journalists.

The editor has editorial control over all content published on Factcheck.bg. The journalists conduct the fact checks and write the articles which are edited by the editor before appearing on the site. Decisions about which claims to check, how they are checked and how the fact checks are written are made jointly by the journalists and the editor.

The Project Manager is responsible for the financial, legal and technical sustainability of the project. She also leads the long-term strategy of Factcheck.bg. The Partnerships Coordinator is responsible for the project's external relations with donors and partner organizations. The Database Consultant supports the team in their technology- and data-related investigations. The Social Media Manager helps promote published fact checks and the broader mission of Factcheck.bg.

Editor

Ralitsa Kovacheva

Ralitsa Kovacheva is a doctor of journalism and a lecturer in international journalism at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”. She has published three books and numerous scientific articles. Her research interests are in the European Union, international politics and disinformation. Ralitsa Kovacheva has many years of journalistic experience. She has worked as a journalist at BNT, FM Plus radio, published in various online media and is one of the founders of RE:TV and BiT.

Contact: [email protected]

Ralitsa Kovacheva

Ralitsa Kovacheva is a doctor of journalism and a lecturer in international journalism at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”. She has published three books and numerous scientific articles. Her research interests are in the European Union, international politics and disinformation. Ralitsa Kovacheva has many years of journalistic experience. She has worked as a journalist at BNT, FM Plus radio, published in various online media and is one of the founders of RE:TV and BiT.

Contact: [email protected]

Journalists

Georgy Marchev

Georgy Marchev is a founder, video producer and narrator at Story Films. He is experienced in creating video stories on the Internet, and the national tv channels bTV and Nova. He started from the newspaper and online news journalism - Dnevnik newspaper, Dnevnik.bg website and Capital Daily newspaper. He graduated in journalism and production at the University of National and World Economy. Part of the author's team of the text entitled "From the Istanbul Convention to the fraud k0vid-19", awarded first place in the hackathon "Health on target" of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria.

Georgi Marchev

Georgi Marchev is a founder, video producer and narrator at Story Films. He is experienced in creating video stories on the Internet, and the national tv channels bTV and Nova. He started from the newspaper and online news journalism - Dnevnik newspaper, Dnevnik.bg website and Capital Daily newspaper. He graduated in journalism and production at the University of National and World Economy. Part of the author's team of the text entitled "From the Istanbul Convention to the fraud k0vid-19", awarded first place in the hackathon "Health on target" of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria.

Mina Kirkova

Mina Kirkova received her education at the Classical High School (National High School for Ancient Languages ​​and Cultures) in Sofia and the University of Glasgow in Great Britain with a degree in Cinema and Television. Her professional career began at BiT TV, where she worked as an international editor. After the channel ceased to exist, she began working in the field of entertainment television as an editor in many of the most successful reality formats in the country. In December 2020, in a team with Georgi Marchev and Simona Kostadinova, she investigated the fake news about the PCR tests for coronavirus. The investigation won a prize from the Health on Target hackathon, organized by AEJ.

Mina Kirkova

Mina Kirkova received her education at the Classical High School (National High School for Ancient Languages ​​and Cultures) in Sofia and the University of Glasgow in Great Britain with a degree in Cinema and Television. Her professional career began at BiT TV, where she worked as an international editor. After the channel ceased to exist, she began working in the field of entertainment television as an editor in many of the most successful reality formats in the country. In December 2020, in a team with Georgi Marchev and Simona Kostadinova, she investigated the fake news about the PCR tests for coronavirus. The investigation won a prize from the Health on Target hackathon, organized by AEJ.

Bozhidar Angelov

Bozhidar Angelov is a PhD student in EU media policy and law at the Department of European Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His path in journalism began as an intern at BiT TV and the regional center of BNT (Bulgarian National Television) in Blagoevgrad. He was an editor in the media websites News.bg and Money.bg, and later he became a tv news anchor of the Money.bg show on Bulgaria ON AIR TV. The topic of the fight against misinformation and his interest in verifying the facts started from the US presidential election in 2016. A year later he defended his master's thesis on "The role of the media in limiting fake news (fact-checking)" in the master's program "E-Europe“.

Yordan Barzakov

Yordan Barzakov graduated from the German Language High School in Blagoevgrad, after which he became a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University "Kliment Ohridski". His professional career began in the TV show "Masters of the Air" ("Gospodari na efira"), went through other television projects and several print media. Since 2019 he has been working in Club Z. He covers mainly finance, economics, energy and transport. He also writes on topics related to the Middle East and the neighboring countries.

Bozhidar Angelov

Bozhidar Angelov is a PhD student in EU media policy and law at the Department of European Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. His path in journalism began as an intern at BiT TV and the regional center of BNT (Bulgarian National Television) in Blagoevgrad. He was an editor in the media websites News.bg and Money.bg, and later he became a tv news anchor of the Money.bg show on Bulgaria ON AIR TV. The topic of the fight against misinformation and his interest in verifying the facts started from the US presidential election in 2016. A year later he defended his master's thesis on "The role of the media in limiting fake news (fact-checking)" in the master's program "E-Europe“.

Yordan Barzakov

Yordan Barzakov graduated from the German Language High School in Blagoevgrad, after which he became a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University "Kliment Ohridski". His professional career began in the TV show "Masters of the Air" ("Gospodari na efira"), went through other television projects and several print media. Since 2019 he has been working in Club Z. He covers mainly finance, economics, energy and transport. He also writes on topics related to the Middle East and the neighboring countries.

Database Consultant

Nikola Tulechki

Nikola Tulechki has been a data expert at Ontotext since 2017 and one of the founders of the Data for Good Association. He holds a PhD in Toulouse (France) on the applications of automatic language processing of aviation incident reports. At Ontotext, Nikola works on a variety of research projects, where he mainly deals with semantic modeling and data integration. More generally, he is interested in related open data, both from a structural point of view and from the perspective of their social significance. Nikola also teaches Semantic Technologies at Sofia University and the New Bulgarian University.

Nikola Tulechki

Nikola Tulechki has been a data expert at Ontotext since 2017 and one of the founders of the Data for Good Association. He holds a PhD in Toulouse (France) on the applications of automatic language processing of aviation incident reports. At Ontotext, Nikola works on a variety of research projects, where he mainly deals with semantic modeling and data integration. More generally, he is interested in related open data, both from a structural point of view and from the perspective of their social significance. Nikola also teaches Semantic Technologies at Sofia University and the New Bulgarian University.

Project Manager

Kristina Hristova

Kristina Hristova is chair of the Coalition for Media Literacy and project manager at the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. Christina is one of the founders and chairwoman of AEJ-Bulgaria in the period 2010-2016. For many years she managed an online section of Dnevnik newspaper, dedicated to European issues - Europa Dnevnik. For her journalistic work on European issues she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria with the Robert Schuman Award in the Internet Media category. She graduated in international relations in Sofia, political science and political sociology in Paris.

Kristina Hristova

Kristina Hristova is chair of the Coalition for Media Literacy and project manager at the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. Christina is one of the founders and chairwoman of AEJ-Bulgaria in the period 2010-2016. For many years she managed an online section of Dnevnik newspaper, dedicated to European issues - Europa Dnevnik. For her journalistic work on European issues she has been awarded three times by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria with the Robert Schuman Award in the Internet Media category. She graduated in international relations in Sofia, political science and political sociology in Paris.

Partnership Coordinator

Maria Cheresheva

Maria Cheresheva is a member of the Management Board and is among the founders of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. A freelance journalist currently. She started her career in 2008 in the European portal of Dnevnik.bg, and since then she has worked with numerous Bulgarian and international publications. Among them are Balkan Insight, OCCRP, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Ethical Journalism Network, etc. She studied European Studies in Sofia and Maastricht, the Netherlands, and did an internship in the Media Monitoring Department of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Communication.

Maria Cheresheva

Maria Cheresheva is a member of the Management Board and is among the founders of the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. A freelance journalist currently. She started her career in 2008 in the European portal of Dnevnik.bg, and since then she has worked with numerous Bulgarian and international publications. Among them are Balkan Insight, OCCRP, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, BBC, Ethical Journalism Network, etc. She studied European Studies in Sofia and Maastricht, the Netherlands, and did an internship in the Media Monitoring Department of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Communication.

Social Media Manager

Fani Bachvarova

Fani Bachvarova is a digital media specialist, journalist and co-founder of Motif Media, covering documentary stories on human rights, environmental protection, inequality and access to education. She works for international organizations such as WWF, UNICEF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. She holds a master's degree in business and media from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, a master's degree in journalism from Sofia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of National and World Economy.

Fani Bachvarova

Fani Bachvarova is a digital media specialist, journalist and co-founder of Motif Media, covering documentary stories on human rights, environmental protection, inequality and access to education. She works for international organizations such as WWF, UNICEF, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria. She holds a master's degree in business and media from Erasmus University of Rotterdam, a master's degree in journalism from Sofia University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of National and World Economy.

Development Advisor

Matthew Brunwasser

Journalist Matthew Brunwasser is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2020-21) researching disinformation in Bulgaria and working with the team of Factcheck.bg. He has been living and working in the Balkans for 20 years. Specializing in investigative journalism, human rights and international affairs, he has reported and produced stories from 30 countries in Europe, the ex-USSR, Africa and the Middle East for more than 40 international print, radio, online and television media including regular reports for The New York Times and The World broadcast nationally on U.S. public radio. He was an Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has also taught university-level investigative journalism courses in Bulgaria and Kosovo and advised international donors on media development projects in Eastern Europe. http://matthewbrunwasser.com/

Matthew Brunwasser

Journalist Matthew Brunwasser is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2020-21) researching disinformation in Bulgaria and working with the team of Factcheck.bg. He has been living and working in the Balkans for 20 years. Specializing in investigative journalism, human rights and international affairs, he has reported and produced stories from 30 countries in Europe, the ex-USSR, Africa and the Middle East for more than 40 international print, radio, online and television media including regular reports for The New York Times and The World broadcast nationally on U.S. public radio. He was an Investigative Reporting Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has also taught university-level investigative journalism courses in Bulgaria and Kosovo and advised international donors on media development projects in Eastern Europe. http://matthewbrunwasser.com/