Djurdja Jovanovic Padejski joined the Center on Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (CDDRL) as the communication manager in July 2016, to work with CDDRL’s associate director in supporting the center’s communications strategy. She is leading CDDRL’s efforts to enhance its multimedia and digital presence, as well as working with the faculty, research and practitioner programs on their various communications needs.
Djurdja is a seasoned journalist and editor from Serbia with a strong background in multimedia and digital storytelling. She held various roles in news media, including being a managing editor of the public radio in Serbia. Prior to joining CDDRL, she was the founder of a Palo Alto-based web development business that provided content production services, research, and marketing solutions.
In 2012, Djurdja was a William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, where she conducted a six-month multimedia project entitled, “The Balkans in America,” which explored democracy building in post-conflict regions with a focus on former Yugoslavia. As an affiliate of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford in 2011, Djurdja examined online models for the education of journalists and citizens in post-conflict societies and developing countries. In 2010, she was on the Open Society’s team for the research project "Mapping Digital Media," which assessed the global opportunities and risks for online media outlets posed by the emergence of new online news platforms.
Djurdja is interested in the role of new media and storytelling in international relations and the promotion of democracy, as well as understanding the performative role of language and political myths. She is committed to CDDRL’s mission of advancing democratic reform after having personally lived through the Yugoslav crisis. As a Serbian native and a young revolutionary, she witnessed the disintegration of the state, the wars from 1991-1999, and repression, and then as a journalist took an active role to cover politics, democracy building, and human rights. While she studied literature at Belgrade University, the Milosevic regime terminated her department in 1998, because of the opposition work and student protests.
She holds a B.A. in journalism and media production from Singidunum University, Faculty of Media and Communication, Belgrade. Other than native Serbian, she speaks English and Russian.