©Mélania Avanzato
©Mélania Avanzato


I’m Prune –that means « plum »-, a (very) independent award-winning reporter, editor and author. Born in France in 1981, I am based in Berlin since 2008, after having lived in England, Spain, Hungary, Brussels, Nicosia or Paris.

During the last decade, I mainly chose to dedicate myself to reportages. My print and multimedia stories have been published by l’Obs, Médiapart, GEO, Le Magazine du Monde, The Guardian, Elle, Grazia, Madame Figaro, Vice…I also collaborate regularly as an author for ARTE/Karambolage.

My work has been awarded two times the Prix Louise Weiss du journalisme européen, the Prix Philippe Chaffanjon du reportage multimedia, shortlisted for the European Press Prize, as well as encouraged by countless grants (SCAM*, EU Journalism Fund…) As a freelance journalist in a collapsing media industry, this support helped me (like a lot) to carry on in-depth stories.

Among others, I got « embedded » with the Pussy Riot, witnessing a special ‘anti-Poutine’ action in the outskirts of Moskow. I related the sufferings of raped Bosnian women during Balkan’s bloodiest conflict and investigated the rumors of organs trafficking in Kosovo. I explored the Baltic Sea to discover WW2 underwater chemical and conventional munitions and met the neo-nazis from ‘Golden Dawn‘ movement in Greece.

I covered the last presidential campaign of Ben Ali in Tunisia, asked the Azerbaidjani youths what they think about their President, wrote about the boom of islamic fashion in Turkey. I looked into surrogate mothers business in Ukraine, interviewed Belarussian dissidents and visited Georgian and Southern Ossetian displaced persons since 2008 war against Russia. More recently, I depicted the rise of the AfD party and the migrants crisis in Germany, as well as the re-militarization of Kaliningrad and the Cold War’s feelings sprouting around Eastern Europe.

My first book, La Fille & Le Moudjahidine, describing my friendship with a young MMA boxer and refugee living in Germany, flirting with the djihad, was published in France in 2015 (Editions Carnets Nord/Montparnasse). In a fake news era, I am currently thinking of switching from journalism to fiction (indeed, call me crazy). My second book and first novel, L’Heure d’été, came out in January 2019 (Editions Anne Carrière) and was among the finalists for the Prix Goncourt du premier roman. 

Lately, I am more and more driven towards editorial management, coordinating cross-border journalistic projects, such as Borderline or Sisters of Europe I co-founded. I like contributing to the emergence of innovative journalistic formats and collaborating with a new generation of journalists and photographers from Europe and beyond.

Plumaberlin is a subjective portfolio, displaying my latest publications and projects, as well as personal insights about Berlin.

 ©All pictures on the blog are mine, if the contrary is not mentioned.