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©Mélania Avanzato
©Mélania Avanzato

Hi!

I’m Prune –that means « plum »-, a (very) independent awarded journalist, editor and author.

Born in France in 1981, I am based in Berlin since 2008, after having lived in England, Spain, Hungary, Brussels or Paris.

During the last decade, I was dedicating myself to reportages. My print and multimedia stories have been published by Médiapart, L’Obs, GEO, Le Magazine du Monde, The Guardian, Elle, Grazia, Madame Figaro, Vice….and have been awarded two times the Prix Louise Weiss du journalisme européen, the Prix Philippe Chaffanjon du reportage multimedia, shortlisted for the European Press Prize and encouraged by countless grants (SCAM*, EU Journalism Fund…)

As a freelance reporter 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 also 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 non fiction 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).

Between 2016 and 2018, I worked as Germany’s correspondent for L’Obs, France’s biggest weekly magazine, and as an author for Arte/Karambolage show.

I am currently thinking of switching from journalism to fiction (indeed, call me crazy). My first novel L’Heure d’été just came out in January 2019 (Editions Anne Carrière).

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.

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