I started my way into journalism in Paris in 2005, as an editor-in-chief of what could be called today a start up of European journalism : cafebabel.com was the first and really cool leading online magazine about Europe.
Back then, the media industry wasn’t at all convinced that any digital revolution was coming. cafebabel was a great chance to learn about the concerns of the Erasmus generation, managing the French version of an online magazine published in six other languages (English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Catalan), entirely community-based. After three years of intense work, I decided to leave because I wanted to see the world. Besides, I couldn’t figure out doing journalism while sitting behind a desk.
I moved to Berlin in 2008 and started freelancing for various projects. Freelancing means precarity and is a good metaphore for life: you need to be curious and to adapt to survive. Beside writing stories, I am both struggling and slashing: working as a consultant or an expert in the fields of media cooperation, giving workshops of multimedia journalism abroad from Mongolia to Lebanon, or participating to conferences as a guest-speaker.
Because I am a pure product of the Erasmus generation, Europe is deeply rooted in my identity. Lately, I am more and more driven towards editorial management, conceiving and directing journalistic and cross-border projects, gathering a new generation of journalists and photographers from Europe and beyond.
Co-founder and editor-in-chief
European Cultural Fondation/Advocate Europe program, 2019-2020.
It’s been just over a century since the suffragettes claimed their rights. The #MeToo movement is still experiencing aftershocks.
Sisters of Europe is a project that empowers and connects women across Europe through inspiring stories from 17 countries, discussions in four European capitals and a political action with a list of proposals to improve women’s right to be submitted to the European Parliament, after the 2019 elections.
Allianz Kulturstiftung, 2020.
What is the Mediterranean Sea? The frontier of Europe? A graveyard? or a space where anything is possible? #blueborder explore the youth of five Mediterranean islands: five cobblestones lost in the great blue, each with one foot in and one foot out of the European Union.
What are the dreams of the young people living on these islands? What are their hopes? What are they fighting for? Isolated, yet at the same time anchored to their respective identities, Malta, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete and Corsica are much more than mass tourism destinations. From migration to environmental challenges to independence movements, these isles have often played an avant garde role in setting the pivotal questions that will define the future of Europe.
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), 2018.
The Borderline Project portrays parts and people of Poland that are often rendered invisible; their everyday lives, commitments, their initiatives and hopes, but also their worries and fears.
The project was created to shed light on the (g)local problems they are faced with, but also show just how similar the lives of young people in different European countries can be, regardless of location. Through eight multimedia features, the cross-border teams explored Poland’s border cities and their relationship to neighbouring regions. Because at the end of the day, stories don’t end at borders.
Advocate Europe program/Allianz Kulturstiftung, 2017.
25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Beyond91 showcases crossed portraits of the Perestroika Generation, through seven stories produced by fourteen journalists and photographers from Eastern Europe. B91 wants to unveil contemporary societies of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
The project was published by cafebabel.com as a scrollitelling website in seven languages. The website is here. Check the coulisses here. An exhibition Beyond91 Portraits of the Perestroïka Generation, with selected pictures was also presented in Berlin, Brüssels and Paris.
B91 was nominated for the CIVIS Media Preis 2018.
Allianz Kulturstiftung, 2016.
25 years after the first ex-Yougoslavia war, Balkans&Beyond features 7 multimedia cross-border stories, featuring the post-Tito generation in seven Balkans countries (Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia). The e-book is available here in three languagues (English-German and French)
Author & producer of awarded multimedia long-forms
- Les bruits de la guerre au coeur de l’Europe, Médiapart, 2016 (Prix Philippe Chaffanjon du reportage multimedia 2017)
- La fille & le moudjahidine, Inouï.cc, 2015
- Cadavre exquis au pays des merles noirs, cafebabel.com, 2014 (Prix Louise Weiss du reportage europeen, 2015)
Guest speaker for conferences
- Peut-on réussir son exil ? Débat avec Alex Taylor et Velibor Celic, Festival International de Géographie, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, 2019.
- Referentin pour la promotion 2019 du Dialogue d’avenir franco-allemand, DGAP-IFRI, Berlin, 2019.
- Beyond’91: what does the post-Perestroika generation want?, Maison Heinrich Heine, Paris, 2018.
- Media under suspicion: How can journalists regain public faith? New York Times Athens Democracy Forum, Athens, 2017.
- How to fight islamic radicalization? Mediterranean Young Leaders Forum, Anna Lindh Foundation, Essaouira, 2015.
- How to use latest digital tools to cover breaking-news event? @ 4M conference CFI, Tbilissi, 2013.
- Training about investigative journalism, OSCE, Podgorica, Montenegro, 2019.
- Training about online journalism and social medias, Canal France International, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 2013.
- Training about digital mutations for @L’Orient-Le Jour, Canal France International, Beyrouth, Lebanon, 2012.
- Training about multimedia & European reporting, coordinator of the Eurocaucasusnews project, Canal France International, Tbilisi-Baku-Erevan-Strasbourg, Southern Caucasus 2011.