Mariya Turchuna and Alyona Bereza are specialized in exposing corruption and nepotism in the city of Khmelnytskyi in Ukraine, roughly 300 kilometers southwest of Kyiv. The other seven participants of the program are based in Dnipro, Poltava and Sumy in the eastern parts of the country.
The Interlink Academy runs this coaching program together with the Ukraine’s top investigative journalism unit Bihus.Info. In 2019, eight young investigative reporters from the Ukrainian regions are supported with journalistic and legal advice, and with financial resources. Safety and security plays a major role too. The program runs for nine months, and the stories produced will be published in Ukraine nationwide. The program is sponsored by the German Foreign Office.