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In 2021, she was included among #WomenInTheSpotlight by Creative EU, official European Commission account focusing on the creative & cultural sectors in Europe.


  • April 2015 –: founder, journalist and editor-in-chief of Slovenia’s first online newspaper for children Časoris (
  • Februar 2017 –: media literacy workshops and tools for children and adults.
  • 2009 – 2017: adjunct professor of journalism courses at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska.
  • 2005 – 2008: adjunct professor of journalism courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
  • 1998 – 2017: Journalist, editor, columnist at national daily newspaper Delo.


Doctor of Literature (Tom Wolfe’s New Journalism in USA and Slovenia), 2004, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts. 

Selected Bibliography

MERLJAK ZDOVC, Sonja. 2011. The Subversive Reporter: Literary Journalism in Slovenia. In: BAK, John (ed.). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, pp. 238-259.

MERLJAK ZDOVC, Sonja. 2008. Literary Journalism in the United States of America and Slovenia. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Awards & Grants

  • 2020: grant from the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund
  • 2020: grant from Internews’s Information Saves Lives: Rapid Response Fund
  • 2019: Intercultural Achievement Award (media)
  • 2019: Clarinet Project Award (Web and Social Media)
  • 2019: shortlisted for the European Media Literacy Award
  • 2001/2002: a Fulbright Fellow at the University Missouri – Columbia, Graduate School of Journalism, attending journalism classes with the Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski.


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