Djordje Padejski, United States and Serbia, is a freelance investigative and data journalist, and founding director of the FOIA Machine, a transparency platform for journalists hosted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Padejski works for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, where he provides strategic coaching to journalists, Knight Alumni and Fellows, who are developing innovative journalism projects around the world. He himself was a Knight Fellow in 2012, when he conceptualized the FOIA Machine project.
Padejski entered journalism as a student, joining the independent media outlets during the Milosevic regime in Serbia to cover the political repression. In the years since, he has become one of Serbia’s leading investigative journalists working for several Serbian newspapers.
In 2006, his stories about organized crime and animal smuggling won the Serbian Award for Investigative Reporting. In 2007, he started the Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia with the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia and acted as its founding director, conducting trainings and overseeing award-winning investigative projects on white-collar criminal groups, government corruption, drugs and tobacco smuggling, and the energy sector. In 2008, he joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project to work with regional investigative nonprofits on cross-border investigative projects in the Balkans. In 2013 he was also part of a team of journalists working on ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks investigation.
Padejski is a contributor to the Data Journalism Handbook, and also spends time training international journalists in investigative journalism, data reporting and FOI laws and kickstarting investigative initiatives.