Ani Hovhannisyan 

Project Manager at Hetq Media Factory

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Ani Hovhannisyan is an investigative journalist, co-founder and manager of Hetq Media Factory which is an innovative media school.

She has been working at the Investigative Journalists NGO since 2009, first as a blogger and then as a multimedia storyteller and data journalist.

As a result of the articles I (co)authored, the director of a boarding school was prosecuted for embezzlement, an organized crime group was identified in Yerevan and official decisions were changed. She participated in the Troika Laundromat Investigation in the framework of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which won the Sigma Award 2020 as the best example of data journalism.

Ani has a Master of Science in journalism from West Virginia University in the United States through the Fulbright program. As a graduation project, she founded the Hetq data journalism team, and together they created, an open database of Armenian officials’ asset and income declarations. She co-authored two research papers which won first and second places at the American Broadcast Education Association conference.

In 2011-2012, she studied at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and got a Master’s degree in Media and Management. In 2010-2011, she joined the European Voluntary Service as a volunteer at the Day Care Center for socially vulnerable children in the village of Vievis, Lithuania. In 2006-2010 she studied at Yerevan State University, Faculty of Journalism.