From Estonia to South Africa, Brazil to Philippines, 16 journalists around the world gather in Bonn, Germany to create another edition of Orange Magazine. This time, the team will publish a printed magazine available to the readers even before the end of the Forum.
This year, the main topic of the conference is “Media and foreign policy in the digital age”.
The event brings together talented young media makers, ready to show the world the perspective from their own country as well as stick to good reporting in the event. Meet them here:
Anna Valmero, Philippines
As co-manager of the project, I will help mentor the team before and during the event coverage. I was a participant editor in 2014 for the same event, my first project with Orange Magazine.
I cover Asia Pacific stories on development, science and environment/climate change and my work has appeared in some 18 US, UK, Asia Pacific, and Philippine publications, and a book. I also help facilitate trainings in national and ASEAN meetings on climate change, DRRM, and deep learning.
My most recent trainings attended are with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Erasmus University Rotterdam IHS, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. I hold a degree in development communication from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. Outside work, I prefer to spend my time outdoors.
Triin Ilves, Estonia
Choosing public administration for my masters degree, I changed my educational path after finishing a degree in BA in journalism and communication from the University of Tartu. My interests include foreign affairs and international media development. I have been a public diplomacy intern at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I have participated in the M100 media workshop and I am a proud TFAS AIPES alumna.
My first project with Orange Magazine was during the coverage of the World Investment Forum in October 2014. As co-manager of this project, I will serve as editor for this year’s edition. During my spare time, I enjoy music and going to concerts. I am also a proper pop culture nerd.
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Mélody Dafonseca, France
My name is Mélody, I am a French graphic designer and art director living in Paris. I graduated in 2014, from the ENSAAMA, High School of Applied Arts and Crafts. I am a multidisciplinary designer, at ease in different graphic and artistic universe. I worked in an NGO in Egypt, teaching French to children through arts. I’ve also worked in Budapest, Barcelona, and recently for the luxe industry, at Guerlain, as a junior graphic designer.
Currently, I am teaching in the digital field on motion design and filmmaking. I love to share my knowledge and keep people aware of the visual impact surrounding us by setting up graphic design and photography workshops.
Gabrielle Nina Mitch, Democratic Republic of the Congo
I’m Gabrielle Nina Mitch. I started my journalism career in 2006 as a full-time journalist reporter, language translator and TV and radio news presenter at Mwangaza Radio and TV. I am currently working for Malaika Radio and TV since 2012 as a freelance journalist. I am a volunteer for a nonprofit organization Impact Media Generation since February 2013.
During my professional life I have gained a good experience in using media and communication tools. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2010. I received my first award as best TV news presenter in 2008, and my second award as best language translator in 2011 by local organizations in my country. I have reported and written about politics, justice, health, and human rights issues.
Dmitri Romanovski, Moldova
I am a Board Member of the European Youth Press and a Supervisor of the Orange Magazine.
I am originally from Moldova. I used to work as a reporter for BBC, Russian International News Agency, Transitions Online Magazine as well as in various local media companies in Moldova. Currently, I am doing an Erasmus Mundus Master in Russian, Central and East European Studies in the UK and Poland. I enjoy hiking, I am passionate about Japanese culture, and I do not drink alcohol.
Marina Shupac, Moldova
I published my first magazine made of album sheets, newspaper clippings, and abstract paintings when I was eight. It was the very first time I clearly understood that telling stories is kind of my way of living. My experience of working for the youth TV program of Basarabeasca region during my school years proved this assumption. Since then I have been working with a women’s magazine, contributing for the cultural and social section of an analytical newspaper, and submitting photo reports. I graduated from the communication science faculty of Free International University of Moldova and got my MA in Human Rights and Democratization.
Currently, I am a freelance journalist mostly contributing stories on human rights and justice reform with one of Moldova’s independent media, newsmaker.md. I hope to find funds to continue publishing the First Socio-Cultural magazine of Moldova NOUA with a group of young publishers.
Kourosh Ziabari, Iran
I’ve been a journalist since I was 16 years old. I specialise in covering foreign policy issues and international relations. I also write about culture, technology, society, science, and economics. I hold a degree in BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Guilan. Throughout my years of working as a journalist, I’ve contributed to almost all of Iran’s major Persian-language newspapers and magazines, including Shargh, Etemaad, Jam-e-Jam, Ham-Mihan, Sarmayeh, Kargozaaran, and Hamshahri. I’ve won three awards in Iran’s National Press Festival and bagged a top media award at the Superior Iranian Youth Festival in 2012. I was a student assembly member at the International Student Energy Summit 2009 held in Calgary, Canada.
Currently, I work as an Iran correspondent with Fair Observer. I am privileged to have interviewed great names in global politics, including many prime and foreign ministers and presidents.
Vida Taing, Cambodia
My name is Vida Taing. I am from Cambodia. Currently, I am working with The Phnom Penh Post newspaper, one of Cambodia’s two leading independent print media. I have started my career in journalism about three years ago as a radio reporter, online reporter, and print reporter. I am also a freelance writer for a US-based Khmer newspaper.
Anna Romandash, Ukraine
Being a journalist means capturing the moment and recognizing the opportunity, so it’s a very dynamic job. I love it because it keeps me moving forward and I never limit myself in this sphere. Currently, I work as a freelance journalist in an English newspaper KyivPost and contribute to the media monitoring platform Telekrytyka.
As I am fascinated with image building, branding, and promotion, my professional interests include analysing the perceptions and attitudes that news are creating in society. I work in the sphere where I get a chance to break stereotypes created by media and to fight the existing unprofessionalism in the sector. Since the media is strong enough to create an alternative reality now, I try to understand this phenomenon and do something about it.
Kamilia Lahrichi, Morocco / Argentina
I am a foreign correspondent based in Argentina and I cover international affairs in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. In March 2015, Morocco’s government invited me to Rabat to reward me with a merit trophy for my work as a foreign correspondent and for representing a new generation of young female leaders in the country. Prior this, I was an editor in charge of a monthly magazine at Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong. I have published articles for CNN International, The Huffington Post, VICE News, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), International Finance Magazine (UK), Global Post (US), The Daily Star (Lebanon) and Palestine-Israel Journal (Jerusalem), among others.
I am the recipient of the 2015 National Press Foundation fellowship in Abu Dhabi and two 2014 United Nations Foundation Press fellowships in New York City. In addition, I am an Emerging Leader fellow at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Qatar, Jordan, and Morocco.
Julia Mardeusz, Poland
I am Julia Mardeusz from Poland. I am taking up American Studies at the University of Warsaw and working as a Social Media Manager at Poland’s biggest newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, but right now I am doing my Erasmus year in Venice.
Lilit Karetpayan, Armenia
My name is Lilit Karapetyan. Currently, I am working as the Head of the Photography Studio at Manana Youth Educational Cultural Centre NGO based in Yerevan, Armenia. For the last two years, I have been part of the team, which has created the Young Reporters’ Network of Armenia. During that time, I have worked with over 300 young people from different regions teaching photojournalism. I am also the photo editor of the network’s webpage.
My photos have been published in various local and international magazines and photo books, exhibited during a number of photo-exhibitions, and won in several contests.
Ahmad Al-Bazz, Jordan / Palestine
I am a Palestinian journalist living in the occupied Palestine. I graduated from the Faculty for Media at An-Najah National University in Nablus city in 2014, where I specialized in TV broadcasting. I have an excellent experience as a photojournalist. I’m a member of Activestills photographic collective (Activestills.org) since 2012. We are a group of activist photographers living in Palestine and Israel. We view ourselves as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, racism, and violations of the basic right to freedom. We believe in photography as a vehicle for change.
My work focuses on the daily life of the Palestinian population under the Israeli military occupation in the Palestinian villages and cities. My work has been shown in local exhibitions in the West Bank and Gaza and various international exhibitions across Europe, the US, and the Middle East.
Hallie Haller, Taiwan / South Africa
I am Hallie Haller, A South African video producer currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. I graduated with majors in film production and journalism. I come from a film making background. Since moving to Taiwan, I have been working mostly in video journalism, reporting on technology and entertainment news. Iam fascinated by emerging media platforms and the resulting renegotiation of power structures within the media sector. Trend and future-focused reporting is my happy place. Other loves include green tea, scuba, and hip hop.
Salome Modebadze, Georgia
My name is Salome and I am from Georgian Republic. Currently, I am a journalist at the Gender Information Agency (www.ginsc.net) of the NGO Women’s Information Center. I did my MA in Journalism and Media Management at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. I fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a journalist when I was still a teenager. Later on, I became an executive editor of Georgia’s English language newspaper The Messenger. Having spent a month at the Georgian Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic was of greatest importance for me.
I have recorded an audiobook version of Astrid Lindgren’s “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” and shot a film about amazingly talented Georgian blind children called The White Cane. In 2013, I was nominated for the European Union’s special prize in Peace Journalism. in 2015, I won the Georgian Media Development Foundation’s bloggers’ contest “Women for Changes.” I think journalism is a key for me to see interesting stories all around the world.
Felipe Silva, Brazil
My name is Felipe, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. I am a videomaker based in Brazil. I spent a year studying Advertising and went to Vancouver, Canada in the fall of 2010, to study Media and Marketing. After that, I went to Australia where I joined YWAM in 2011, and there I was part of an Outreach in Cambodia for two months.
I have worked for three different television channels, and currently I am working with two NGOs, one working on humanitarian relief and the other, sports. Thanks to it, I had the opportunity to travel around the world to all visit countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Laos. I’m a sports fan and I’ll always try the local pizza during my travels.