The Citizen Journalist Initiative is meant for all citizens, particularly for young active people, who want to express their opinions about the issues they find interesting or worth to be discussed in public.


Irene Vivas Lalinde

Sending organization:  ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

Irene Vivas Lalinde was born in Valencia (Spain) in 1993, where she has spent most of her life. As a recent graduate in Law she is starting to develop a career in the field of human rights and environment with a focus on sustainable development. She has lived in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Bogota gaining professional and academic experience that has enriched her in many ways.
Being a young European woman, deeply optimistic, makes her believe that new values such as sustainability can bring to our worn down societies incredible opportunities.


Anna Elena Maria Ferrari

Sending organisation: JEF – Young European Federalists

Born in Italy, curious of the world by nature. She holds a Master degree in Law, obtained in Italy. She focuses in particular on European Union Law. Currently, she is a student of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Journalism Media and Globalisation and a freelance journalist. Besides Italy, she has also lived in Germany and Denmark; and her next destination is the Netherlands. During the last years, she has joined volunteering and work projects mainly linked to the EU.


Dominik Bartol

Sending organisation: CAC – Croatian Association of Counties

Dominik is a philosopher, a writer, a musician, a spiritual teacher and a visionary. The principles he follows are freedom, peace, love, joy and acceptance. He opposes ignorance, anger and greed with the power of wisdom, reason, logical judgement and creative order.


Maja Vargek

Sending organisation: CAC – Croatian Association of Counties

She was born on June 14, 1988, in Zagreb. In 2016 she finished a Master’s degree in Marketing at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. She has participated in various volunteer activities in Croatia, trying to raise people’s awareness of the needs of society and this is why she decided to become a Citizen Journalist.


Farouk Garali

Sending organization:  Lam Echaml

Farouk was born in Bizerte, an amazing city in Tunisia. Passionate for big challenges, for more than 5 years he has been involved in activities of the civil society, covering several roles: Vice President of JCI, Secretary General of Tunisian Red Crescent and Coordinator at Lam Echaml. He looks for opportunities fostering his responsibility as active citizen, contributing to projects, trainings and actions on Human rights, such as the “development of skills & the empowerment of marginalised women”, and the “contribution to conflicts resolution & civil peace through dialogue”. His goal is to involve youngsters to be active citizens in public life of his area.


Rafał Osinski

Sending organisation: Związek Gmin Wiejskich RP

Graduated of Warsaw School of Economics (major in Public Finance), Rafał is a journalist, teacher and entrepreneur. He writes articles about Polish and worldwide economy. In his spare time he likes reading books (detective stories mainly), climbing the mountains and swimming. Rafał also practises yoga and his dream is to become a yoga teacher one day.


Annamária Lehoczky

Sending organisation: ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

Annamária is a non-judgemental listener and a passionate explorer. She is doing her PhD in the Erasmus Mundus International Doctorate Program motivated by the challenge of building the bridge between science and society. She volunteers at a socio-theoretical & cultural magazine, reporting about everyday heroes, wicked problems, climate innovators and green entrepreneurs, believing that journalism is the key to give voice to the voiceless.


Salome Lemonjava

Sending organisation: NALAG – National Association of Local authorities of Georgia

Salome is an active journalist, with master degree in Public Policy at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She lives in Tbilisi, but she was born in the conflict zone of Georgia, named Abkhazia. She is actively involved in the several local and international trainings and conferences. In her opinion, her life is very interesting because she always has chance to meet new people. Generally. According to Salome, relationship and communication with people are the greatest knowledge, experience, pleasure and motivation.


Natia Shakaia

Sending organisation: NALAG – National Association of Local authorities of Georgia

Natia was born in Georgia in 1995. She is a 4th year student as English philologist, so this is her last year at university. She has two sisters. Her hobby is watching films. She has participated in many student activities, including the summer camp Buckswood in 2009, where she got experience on communicating with foreign leaders.


Sabine Eigmina

Sending organisation: LALRG – Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments

Sabine is interested in global issues: migration, Human rights, development, poverty eradication, youth engagement, citizens’ participation, solidarity, women’ rights, multiculturalism, etc. She cares about social processes that are currently ongoing around us, therefore she believes it is important to take part in decision-making processes, expressing our own opinion.


Agita Kaupuza

Sending organisation: LALRG – Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments

Agita is graduated at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science studies, and interested in international relations and social policy. Her passion is to write articles on complex topics, but in a way comprehensible for ordinary people in their daily lives.


Gerardo Fortuna

Sending organisation: CIME – Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo

Gerardo Fortuna, 25 years old, studies International Relations in Rome. As part of the Erasmus + programme, he spent time in Frankfurt and Brussels, where he had the chance to learn more about the way Europe functions. He considers himself as a bit of an analyst and a bit of a journalist, since he is a very proud writer of online analyses, that probably only a few (but selected!) people read.


Silvana Paruolo

Sending organisation: CIME – Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo

After 8 years spent in Paris, Silvana now lives in Rome. She worked for about 2 years at the WEU (Western Europen Union) as an International Civil servant. She now works in CGIL – International and European Area. She is a freelance journalist and author of three books.


Włodzimierz Lapis

Sending organisation: Związek Gmin Wiejskich RP

Graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, where he majored in discrete mathematics, Włodzimierz works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature, specialising in logics, IT, computational linguistics and mathematics. In his local community he writes for a periodical and for a blog. His articles are devoted to social issues and citizens’ participation.

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Chiara Fazio

Sending organisation: Progettarte

Chiara Fazio was born in Sicily in 1992. She loves literature and she graduated in Modern Letters. Now she is studying Modern philology for a second degree. She loves reading, music and theatre. She thinks that these three things can be the key to make the world a better place. Her dream is travelling the world to see and know different cultures and traditions.


Francesco Folloni

Sending organisation: Progettarte

Francesco Folloni was born in Modena (Italy) in 1993. Passionate about internet and social media, he has his own blog where he writes about web and social news. He is also a video maker. In 2016 he graduated in Marketing and management at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.


Rosa Uliassi

Sending organisation: ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

She was born in a small town by the sea on the east coast of Italy. Graduated in Philosophy from the University of Bologna, she is particularly focused in Philosophy of law and Political philosophy. Travel and discovery lover, she’s interested in human rights and defending the minorities, now she’s working for free with a independent online newspaper, writing about geopolitics.


Gratian Mihailescu

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

Gratian Mihailescu graduated in communication and public relations. He specialized in European Affairs, International Relations and Development, receiving scholarships from different countries. He is a blogger and a publicist, with expertise in development and politics.


Eleonora Mandelli

Sending organisation: ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

Eleonora is Italian, but she feels quite European after having spent part of her work and life experience in UK, France, Belgium, and Spain. Her education was shaped at the Political Science University of Bologna at which she obtained the degree in Economics, Markets and Institutions.


Maria Coleman

Sending organisation: Donegal City Council

Mother, community activist, artist, musician, researcher, yoga teacher. Maria has recently published a chapter on her art in ” The Performing subject in the Space of Technology” and is currently co-founding “Lamha”, a community-based Mental Health initiative. Her band, “Wee Small Gods” writes both English & Irish language material.


Ana-Maria Ilie

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

Her professional life and experience started in 2011, when she came into contact with A.R.T.Fusion and they connected instantly. Presently, within the association, she is Executive Director, also in charge with the coordination of the Human Library method and Global Education dimension. She graduated Political Science, majoring in Sociology. Now she is doing her master studies in Policy, Gender and Minorities.


Gintarė Dagytė

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

Gintare Dagyte was born in Siauliai, Lithuania. Gintare studied Journalism at Vilnius University, later moved to Barcelona where she worked as a videographer.  In 2014 Gintare graduated in Television studies at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland and presented her first documentary film “The Standing Protest” which was shot in Istanbul.


Hasan Haj

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

Hasan Haj (29), Palestinian from Israel, living in Cyprus. Financial data analyst at Thomson Reuters. His first degree is in Psychology and statistics. He is a mental trainer and he is studying for his masters’ degree in educational leadership at UCLAN Cyprus. He believes in the people’s ability to increase awareness and would love to become a journalist.


Adela Petrovic

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

Born and raised in Serbia. Since 2011 she has been active in youth NGOs and the Helsinki committee for Human Rights in her country, working on projects that deal with peace building, youth empowerment, incorporation of marginalized youth into society and youth education. She has been elected as Youth Ambassador of Serbia by the International Committee for Human Rights under the auspices of the UN.


Nataliia Midna

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

She is a student of the Joint Master’s Degree in Comparative Local development. Currently based in Budapest, she is interested in concepts of sustainable development, urbanism and cultural decentralization.


Kumlachew Getu Salilew

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

He has been teaching in the social science faculty of Bahirdar University, Ethiopia. Now he is attending Joint European Masters in Comparative Local development at Corvinus University of Budapest. Since 2011, he has been independently writing and engaging in advocacy activities in the social media platforms in the issue of Democracy and Human Rights and social Justice.


Rhomir Yanquiling

Sending organisation: ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

He is currently connected to the Pangasinan State University at Pangasinan (Philippines) as Director for External Funding Resources and as a Professor in the Open University System of the same University. He has worked as Coordinator for Extension and Research, Editor-in-Chief of Faculty Journal and Research Journal of the University. He is currently a master student of the Master CoDe program (MA in Comparative Local Development).


Addisu Tegegne Bayle

Sending organisation: ENNA – European Network of Civil Society Associations

He is from Ethiopia. He has a BA degree in Sociology and MA in Social Work. Currently, he is pursuing a Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development at Corvinus University of Budapest. He has been working in the academia for the last seven years in Jimma Unniversity, Ethiopia.


Kristina Hudekova

Sending organisation: UTCS

Journalist based in Bratislava and student of management of natural resources in Vienna. After working for the national newspaper SME she decided to concentrate on the topic of environment and its protection. Together with the environmental NGO Zivica, she started a website where articles about environment, education, society and spirituality are published.


Alexandra Pihet

Sending organisation: SOS Malta

Born in France, Alexandra has lived over a decade in Belgium and is currently based in Malta. Rich of multiple experiences such as a humanitarian mission, she has a strong interest in photography for some years now. One of her wishes is to bring awareness through images.


Áron Gödölle

Sending organisation: Foster Europe

Áron Gödölle was born in Dunajská Streda in the southwestern part of Slovakia. He is attending a private bilingual gymnasium in Bratislava. He is fluent in 3 languages and currently learning two more: German and Spanish. Áron believes that being an EU citizen also brings the responsibilities and obligation to participate in initiative such as this one and inform the youngsters and this way help the community to take action and step forward.


Shady Rabhi

Sending organisation: Lam Echaml

Shady Rabhi is a 25-year-old from Kasserine, a city located in the Central-Western part of Tunisia. He has graduated with a degree in medical biology at the University of Monastir in Tunisia. He is passionately involved in activities with associations active in promoting and supporting democracy and citizen participation.


Kenneth Spiteri

Sending organisation: SOS Malta

He was born in Australia to Maltese parents and has been based in Berlin for the past 10 years. Having worked as a theatre maker most of his life, he is just about to finish university studies in Global Politics and International Peacekeeping. Having spent regularly periods of time in Malta, he’s recently returned again, this time maybe for longer…


Gerard Moyne

Sending organisation: Donegal City Council

He is self employed and he has an interest in lessening the use of depleting fossil fuels and world’s contribution to Global warming and the extinction of creatures on this planet. He has an interest in Human rights. He attained a BA degree in Community Development in 2011 as a mature student. He is also very much interested in corporate governance at community level.


Jakob Lütgenau

Sending organisation: Foster Europe

He was born in 2002. He is a pupil of the gymnasium Neusiedl/See in Austria. His hobbies are: skating, rap, music.


Astrid Lucia Offersen

Sending organisation: Vejle Municipality

She is 18 years old and she is half Danish, half Tanzanian. She has always loved writing and she has also always been extremely interested in global citizenship, so she jumped at the chance to become a citizen reporter, since it perfectly combines the things that she loves to do.


Freja Vangsgaard Diemer

Sending organisation: Vejle Municipality

Born and raised in a smaller city in Denmark. She has always found interest in arts and travelling which is what she tries to use her time on whenever she has the opportunity. She is very passionate about 2 of the sustainable development goals in particular: Gender equality and Climate action.


Sarah Nipper

Sending organisation: Vejle Municipality

She is a 18-year-old student who currently lives in Velje, a city of Denmark. In her weekdays, she studies social studies and engages in the student council and the board of directors at her school due to the fact that she finds it really important and interesting to make a difference in whatever degree possible.


Andreas Canvin

Sending organisation: Vejle Municipality

He is an 19-year old activist from Hedensted, Denmark who is passionate bout human rights & activism in all its different forms. He has been an activist for 2 years already and he is engaged in Amnesty International. When he is not doing demos and actions, he works with children with primarily special needs.


Chiara Soletti

Sending organisation: ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy

She is the Women, Rights and Climate Section coordinator for the non-profit Italian Climate Network. She is responsible for the ICN advocacy action and projects related to human rights and climate change. She is currently working in London in the non-profit sector thanks to the experience gained in public relations, research and data analysis within UK politics, NGOs and United Nations Conferences.


Razvan Popescu

Sending organisation: Central and Eastern European Citizens Network

Razvan Popescu is passionate and hardworking. He works in the field of social economy entrepreneurship. His interests are: writing short articles on social media platforms, individual research, data mining and environment issues debates.


Dragoș-Ion Cuță

Sending organisation: Central and Eastern European Citizens Network

He studied business at the University of Craiova and holds a master’s degree in Financial Analysis and Evaluation of Organizations from the same University along with a postgraduate diploma in Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation from the University ISCTE Lisbon. In terms of professional experience, he is a project manager, project coordinator and trainer.


Kiril Danov

Sending organisation: NAMRB – National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria

He has seven years of experience in the NGO sector. Mostly, he has worked for prevention of HIV/AIDS, but he has an experience in other topics, as well. Currently, he is studying Public relations and is in his last year of studies. 


Simeon Stanchev

Sending organisation: NAMRB – National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria

He has been part of NAMRB for almost three years. During that time, he has been part of activities involving the problems of youth, theatre based trainings and cinema related endeavors in partnership with other NGOs. 


Georgi Popov

Sending organisation: NAMRB – National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria

He is a student in the Aprilov National High School. He is interested in learning foreign languages. As a hobby, he plays tennis and he participates in a club for speaking and debating in English. He won the second place on his first tournament. 


Julie Capelle

Sending organisation: The Hague Academy for Local Governance

Julie obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism in 2016. After a journalistic project in India and an internship in Lebanon, she developed a huge interest for developing countries and became even more aware of the importance of cooperation between countries in this regard. Because of her interest in public administration, she started a second Master in 2016 in Rotterdam on the topic of Public Management. 


Erdem Güler

Sending organisation: Marmara municipalities Union

He has graduated Physical Education Science. He is a master student in education science. He has organized youth projects with different topics since 2012. 


Ferhat Tomo

Sending organisation: Marmara municipalities Union

He has graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, which is in Izmir, Turkey. He has experience in the area of trade union and corporate banking. He studies local administration, urbanism and environment at a Master degree level.


Joni Wijhers

Sending organisation: The Hague Academy for Local Governance

Joni obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and is currently enrolled in a Masters programme on Comparative politics and Public administration at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Being part of the LADDER Citizen Journalist Initiative is a great chance to develop some journalistic skills and write on the topics that are close to Joni’s personal interests. 


Muriel Wagner

Sending organisation: Foster Europe

Originally from Germany, Muriel is currently based in Budapest, Hungary. She has obtained a degree in History and Hungarian studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. Interested in Central and Southeastern European cultures, as well as minorities and cross-cultural dialogue, she is now a student of cultural diplomacy.