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 and is still today the first and really cool leading online magazine about Europe.
Back then, the media industry wasn’t really convinced that any digital revolution was coming. cafebabel was a great chance to learn about the concerns of the Erasmus generation and to run 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 (and lots of fun), 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 work as an expert in the fields of media cooperation. And I am more and more driven towards international editorial projects, conceiving, managing and gathering a new generation of journalists and photographers from Europe and beyond
Editor-in-chief of cross-border projects
cafebabel/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.
cafebabel.com/Adocate Europe/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. IThe project was published 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 presented in Berlin, Brüssels and Paris. B91 was nominated for the CIVIS Media Preis 2018.
cafebabel.com/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
- Vernissage of the Beyond91′ project and discussion about post-Perestroika generation, 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 radicalization? Mediterranean Young Leaders Forum, Anna Lindh Foundation, Essaouira, 2015.
- How journalists can use Storify to cover breaking-news event ? @ 4M conference CFI, Tbilissi, 2013.
Media Training Expert for Canal France International (CFI), France’s leading operator of cooperation programs
- Media training expert for a workshop about online journalism and social medias, Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 2013.
- Media training expert for a workshop about digitalization strategy of @L’orient-le jour, Beyrouth, Lebanon, 2012.
- Media training expert and coordinator of Eurocaucasusnews, a project about multimedia reporting in South Caucasus, Tbilisi-Baku-Erevan-Strasbourg, Southern Caucasus 2011.