Marija Šajkaš

Marija Šajkaš (pronounced as Maria Shay-kash) is a U.S. based writer, media expert and advocate,  focusing on freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, and the state of media in the U.S. and the Balkans. She is a founder of 4 Better Media. Some of her most recent appearances and projects include consulting for Safety of Female Journalists Online OSCE (2018-2019), The Peter Mackler Award, The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY (2018), The State of Independent Media in Former Yugoslavia, Columbia University (2018),  the Freedom of the Press , Freedom House (2017), High-Level OSCE Chairmanship Conference “Freedom of the Media in the Western Balkans” in co-operation with the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (2017), Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in New York City (2016), Global Freedom of Expression Initiative at Columbia University (2016), CORO- Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (2015) and Association of Media in Bosnia (2015).

Before that, Šajkaš was the Head of Development and Operations for Media Diversity Institute –USA, the Advocacy Manager for New York Immigration Coalition, a Press Officer for The International Committee of the Red Cross, and a Deputy-Editor-in-Chief of The Bridges Magazine, the first media outlet distributed in post-war Bosnia, produced by the United Nations, SFOR Forces.

Marija Šajkaš is the author of the novel Esther Jovanovich's Scrapbook (Klett, 2013), a historical fiction about World War 2 and immigration, and a co-author of the documentaries Common Ground: Survivors- A conversation between communities (2019) in which survivors of the Holocaust and Sino-Japanese war talk to each other about their experiences and  Missing- the Right to Know (2003) that chronicles lives of families who are looking for their loved ones in mass graves. Since 2018, Šajkaš is a curator of Freedom of Speech block at the Queens World Film Festival.

She holds an M.S. in International Affairs, with a concentration in Culture and Media Studies, from The New School University in New York, and a BS in Serbian Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade.