The European Solidarity Centre, New Eastern Europe, Eastbook.eu and the Marshal of Pomeranian Voivodeship are pleased to invite young (20-30 years old) journalists to the 11th edition of the Solidarity Academy.
The aim of Solidarity Academy 2015 was to raise awareness among young journalists about aspects of multiculturalism and solidarity with nations fighting for freedom as well as integrating young contributors to New Eastern Europe and Eastbook.eu.
Alexey Sidorenko, PhD, director of the Russia-focused project” Teplisa. Technologies for Social Good”. Alexey is an expert on the Russian internet and an experienced web developer. His knowledge of the Russian new media and politics field includes web development, data analysis, regional political analysis, freedom of online speech issues, reporting, and editing. In 2009- 2012, Sidorenko has been a reporter and an editor of the “RuNet Echo” project at Global Voices Online, where he researched and analyzed developments in the Russian internet sphere including ie. freedom of speech, information security and cyber warfare. Alex has also contributed to reports of Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders. In 2010, he served as the web developer behind the “Help Map” project, an award-winning crowdsourcing initiative to help the victims of the summer wildfires. Starting 2012, Alexey leads Teplitsa.
Magdalena Horodecka, PhD, is assistant professor at the Institute of Polish Literature and Liguistics at University of Gdańsk. Author of the book Narrative strategies in Ryszard Kapuściński’s reportages (Zbieranie głosów. Sztuka opowiadania Ryszarda Kapuścińskiego; słowo/obraz terytoria, Gdańsk, 2010). She is currently working on a book about contemporary literarary reportage about the Other. Her articles were published in „Pamiętnik literacki”, „Ruch literacki”, „Dekada literacka”, „Literary Journalism Studies” and „Forum for World Literature Studies”. She is a member of International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Hobby: traveling, biking, gardening, reading books with her two children.
Sylwia Korsak is social media advisor and practitioner helping individuals, organisations and brands articulate their stories with the help of the social web. Personal coach working with individuals wishing to understand, manage and own their own goals with the help of tech and social media. Word of mouth marketer advising nonprofits and commercial brands on informed, realistic, sustainable digital strategies. Consultant supporting clients in understanding the growing range of choices related to their on-line activities and in making decisions benefiting their personal careers and organizational goals. Event speaker and educator passionate about kids in tech, women in tech, tech for social good. Founder of BarcampNFP, unconference bringing together tech and non-profits. Founder of antagePixelClub.com, Minecraft club for families in Oxfordshire, UK. Trustee of Wantage Betjeman Park. Lead organizer of Wantage Summer Festival. Active social media practitioner, blogger and writer.
Maria Baronova is a Russian political activist. She is an activist of the anti- Putin opposition famous for, in particular, having organised the Bolotnaya Square protests in Moscow in May 2012.
Karolina Demus is child of the 1980s, fan of intellectual journeys across Eurasia. A die hard believer in human studies and graduate of Warsaw University, she has been immersed in the European NGO, media and publishing sectors since 2005. Within the Common Europe Foundation, as a member of an international team, she works on interdisciplinary concepts, including transborder and transcultural media projects dealing with politics, society… and food.
Girolamo Battaglia is a data miner and intercultural animator. He studied Chinese and Intercultural Geography at Milano Bicocca University and Intercultural Psychology at University of Gdansk.
Jacek Kołtan, PhD, is a philosopher and political scientist. He is the Head of the Department of Social Thought at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk and responsible for research programmes in social theory, new social movements (including Polish Solidarity) and the ECS publishing series. Koltan has a PhD in Social Philosophy from the Freie Universitat in Berlin. He took part in many projects on social and political theory (conferences, debates) and also organises international education projects and conferences on solidarity and modern society.
Adam Reichardt is the Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe. Prior to assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adam served as the magazine’s Managing Editor. He previously spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, as well as a large portion of his studies in Krakow, Poland, where he now permanently resides. Adam has an MA in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. In 2012, Adam was short-listed for the European Press Prize in the category of “editor” and in 2014 was named to the “New Europe 100” list of the region’s top innovators.
Adam Jagiełło-Rusiłowski, PhD, is an educator and social innovator. He studied English at University of Gdansk, Community Leadership at Picker Centre for Executive Education at Columbia (USA) Social Business at INSEAD (FRANCE) and Innovation Pedagogy at TUAS (Finland). He trained changemakers working for excluded communities in Gaza, West Bank (Palestinian Autonomy) and Roma ghettos in the Balcans. Currently he works as a Dean of International Affairs at Faculty of Social Sciences, UG.
Konrad Knoch, PhD is the Head of the Historical Research Department at the European Solidarity Centre, and lecturer at the University of Gdansk. He is the author of the paper entitled The Regional Coordination Committee of NSZZ Solidarity in the Gdansk Region in 1982–1989, published in the book by A. Friszke et al. Solidarnosc podziemna 1981–1989 [Underground Solidarity 1981–1989] (2006), and the book Pisma liberalne drugiego obiegu w Polsce w latach 1979-1990 [The Liberal Underground Press in Poland in the years 1979-1990], which was awarded the best history book debut (2012).
Iwona Reichardt, PhD, is the Deputy Editor and Lead Translator for New Eastern Europe. She has been part of the editorial team since the very beginning of the magazine. She holds a PhD in political science from the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). Her previous experience includes spending one year as an intern with Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington, DC. She also worked for five years as policy researcher with the World Bank. Iwona Reichardt is also the author of a number of academic and policy papers, published in Polish and English.
Łukasz Wojtusik is a journalist, editor, publisher and reporter. Graduate of journalism at the Jagiellonian University /Cracow/. Head of the Agora Radio Group’s Krakow newsroom (Tok FM/Złote Przeboje/Rock radio). Author of a number of interviews broadcast at the Tok FM radio station / “Krakowskie Przedmieście”/. Member of the Malopolska Journalists’ Award chapter house. At 2013 awarded as the best culture journalist in Malopolska. Lecturer at the Children’s University and a long-standing collaborator of New Eastern Europe Magazine.
Basil Kerski is a director of the European Solidarity Centre. A Polish-German manager of culture, political scientist and essayist of Polish-Iraqi descent. He worked as the international politics expert at the Aspen Institute in Berlin, the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Bundestag. He was a lecturer of political science and modern history. Since 1998 he is an editor-in-chief of the Polish-German Magazine DIALOG”. Kerski is author and editor of many publications about history, culture and politics translated into German and Ukrainian.
Patrycja Medowska is a deputy director of the European Solidarity Centre, head of Civic Culture Department. She holds MA in German from University of Warsaw. Journalist, culture manager and translator. She has worked as a journalist for several Polish media, such as Nasza TV, Radio dla Ciebie S.A. and Polskie Radio S.A. She has also worked for a Konrad Adenauer Foundation as a PR specialist. In European Solidarity Centre since 2008.
Kacper Dziekan is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. He works as a European Projects Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at European Solidarity Centre. He is also a PhD student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Dziekan holds BA and MA in history and BA in Eastern Studies from the abovementioned University. He is also a graduate of a European Academy of Diplomats, Moscow School of Civic Education and a former student of Irkutsk State University, Russia. Kacper Dziekan worked as a Project Coordinator and Youth Worker for several government organizations and NGOs. Moreover he is Involved in educational, cultural, social, history and civic projects, especially regarding post soviet countries.
Dobrosława Korczyńska-Partyka is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Gdansk. Her academic interests are related to urban studies, memory studies, post-dependence studies and innovation pedagogy. She is a certified academic tutor. Dobrosława has experience in coordinating many international cultural and educational projects. She currently works as a researcher at the University of Gdansk and as a Polish language teacher in the Center for Youth Co-operation and Mobility in Gdynia.
Anna Fedas is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She works as a Civic Education Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at the European Solidarity Centre. Besides, she is a manager of civic, social and cultural projects. She is also a trainer, facilitator and PhD student of Wrocław University. Her previous experience includes working for both nongovernmental and governmental organizations in Polish and foreign projects in the field of social inclusion, social and civic development of local communities, civic awareness, human rights and multicultural dialogue. One of her biggest projects was the Polish Social Responsibility Program of POLAND UKRAINE UEFA EURO 2012. Supporting civic and social initiatives never makes her tired.
Katarzyna Komar-Macyńska, financial coordinator of Solidarity Academy. She’s a graduate of International Economic Relations and Culture studies at University of Gdansk. Katarzyna Komar-Macyńska belongs to Ukrainian minority in Poland, so speaks fluent Ukrainian. All her passions are connected with culture, politics, economy, social changes and development of this country. During last few years she has worked for small non-government organisation, big international corporation and public school, where she taught Ukrainian culture. In her free time she plays in an amateur theater Navpaky – founded by Ukrainian students in Gdańsk. Currently in the Solidarity Academy she tries to keep her finger on the pulse of the project budget and all financial issues.
TUTORS/ PROJECT COORDINATORS
Bartosz Marcinkowski is an Assistant Editor with New Eastern Europe. He holds a MA in Political Science from Jagiellonian University. He has studied also at the University of Zagreb and the University of Split. He previously served as a trainee at the Polish Embassy in Belgrade.
Felix Blatt is a law student at the University of Saarland, Germany. He completed a voluntary service in Ghana, West Africa, where he taught students the basics of journalism. Currently located in Warsaw, he works in the European Volunteer Service for the Common Europe Foundation, writing articles for the website eastbook.eu and assisting in the organization of events.
Claudia Scharioth, PhD candidate, is a cultural scientist and linguist based in Berlin and currently working in different departments of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. She is a facilitator of Solidarity Academy 2015. Scharioth holds a MA in cultural sciences and has successfully defended her PhD thesis (to be published this autumn) at the European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany). She worked in a research project on Language Variation in Northern Germany (Sprachvariation in Norddeutschland, SiN) and has experience in coordinating international cultural projects on language and social issues as well as on films, which she did in Germany, France, USA and Argentina.
Ary Khoshnaw is the Regional Director of an American Organization, Global Next, in Iraq. Further, he is a co-founder of a Youth Network (US-Middle East Youth Network). Ary is a fresh graduate of Business Management University of Kurdistan- Hawler. He has participated in several Youth and Community Development programs inside and outside of his county. Khoshnaw is a proud participant of the Solidarity Academy 2014 and IYLEP Alumni, Iraqi Youth Leaders Exchange program. He has also worked as an active Journalist in Rudaw Media Network, and still writes for different Iraqi Medias. Moreover, he is very interested to talk with people from different cultures and backgrounds especially those who are directly involved in their community.
Olga Irisova is a journalist, she holds a specialist degree in International Relations from Udmurt State University, Department of History, Izhevsk, Russia and a MA in multimedia journalism from Higher School of Economics, Department of Media Communications, Moscow, Russia. Since 2012 she worked with several outlets as a chief contributor and editor such as Research & Trends (November 2012 to December 2013) and World Economic Journal (February 2013 – October 2014). Her publications have appeared in Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Forbes Russia, Slon.ru, RBC journal, The Insider among others. Since March 2015, she works as a senior editor with Intersection Project.
Jana Oparii is a Ukrainian and Poland-based journalist, who has been working and studying in Warsaw for the last two years. She also worked for the Ukrainian regional TV channel and Radio in Sumy, Ukraine. Jana Oparii was working at the Russian Department of the Polish Radio and web-portal “Posetitpolshu” in Poland. Now she is working as a journalist at the webportal “Eastbook.eu”. Jana Oparii is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. She has written a Master’s thesis on the topic “Information war in Ukraine and Russia (2013-2015)”. She is interested in emigrations issues in the world, discrimination, human rights.
Richard Martyn-Hemphill is the editor-in-chief of The Baltic Times. He has reported for the Moscow Times, the Kyiv Post, the Daily Telegraph, the Economist, the New York Times, and Politico Europe.
Alexey Gorbachev is a political correspondent at Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia. Alexey’s interests focus on foreign policy issues as well as the opposition movement in Russia. In his free time, Alexey likes to hang out with friends, read books, bike and travel.
Maria Makarova is a journalist, editor, anthropologist. She is working for Polish Radio (informational portal www.radiopolsha.pl) and for Russianlanguage edition of a portal Culture.pl in Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Maria Makarova is writing a PhD about language and identity of Jews from Birobidzhan. Co-founder of NGO «For Free Russia», which concentrates Russians from Poland.
Urszula Jackowska is a Polish journalist dealing with culture and foreign affairs issues. She holds MA in Journalism and International Relations at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Also studied at the Salford University in Manchester, United Kingdom. Involved animator in international cooperation. Active participant of media, art and educational projects in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands. Co-worked with the Rzeczpospolita newspaper and televisions: TVN, Channel M, TVP Lublin. Passionate in photographing and making short documentaries.
Kaja Puto has studied philosophy, film studies and history at the College of Interdepartamental Studies in the Humanities of the Jagiellonian University and at the Tbilisi State University. Her interests include political philosophy, the culture of Austria and the contemporary history of Middle-Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. She is preparing an MA thesis devoted to the ideology of Polish popular cinema of the political transformation period. She work as a journalist, editor, translator, fundraiser and project coordinator. She is the author of several articles (devoted mostly to Middle-Eastern European subjects, especially Georgia) and scientific papers (from the fields of film studies and political science). She is a permanent collaborator of the publishing house Korporacja Ha!art.
Natalia Smolentceva is a MA student of Global Communication and International Journalism double-degree program. This program is organized between St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin, where she is studying right now. Previously Natalia has received a Bachelor in International Journalism and worked in various media outlets. She was a freelance journalist for local English-speaking newspaper in her home city St. Petersburg. She also worked as a journalist on the international events held in Russia, for instance SportAccord Convention in St. Petersburg in 2012 and Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. During the Olympics as a part of international ENG crew within Olympic Broadcasting Services Natalia was making video feature stories for ONC (Olympic News Channel). Lately, together with her colleagues from the master program Natalia started an English-speaking online magazine in St. Petersburg, where she is playing a role of site-manager and author.
Ainur Zinnatullin is the television host, journalist, author of TV youth programms broadcasting on “KZN” channel. He received a lot of victories in Russian and international television contests. Among them “Boomerang” and “There is a solution”. Ainur got international experience in Berlin during the seminar “Policy bottom up – Europe & NGOs”. Besides, last year he participated in two-weeks courses of project management in Prague, Vienna and Dresden. Field of his professional interests contain social activities, youth policy, politics and IT.
Michael E. Lambert is a PhD candidate in International Relation at the Sorbonne Doctoral College and the University of Tampere in Finland, Research Fellow at the French Ministry of Defence (IRSEM) and Visiting Researcher at the Franco-German Institute (DFI). His research focuses on Transatlantic smart power following the Cold War, European soft power implementation strategies and use of hybrid warfare by Moscow. He also published articles for the CIPS and CDA Institute in Canada and several newspapers in France.
Monika Hałaś is a student of English with German and Russian and a freelance journalist. She has been freelancing for Polish weekly newspapers “Warszawska Gazeta”, “Polska Niepodległa” and “Życie Bytomskie” as well as Eastbook.eu. She focuses mostly on Ukrainian politics and events in the region of Silesia, Poland. Monika is a passionate traveler.
Paulina Siegień is an ethnographer, Russian philologist, graduate of East European Studies at University of Warsaw. Now, PhD student at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Gdansk. She lives partly in Kaliningrad Russia, from where she writes column for Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto.
Maciej Zaniewicz is a journalist and Student of Eastern Studies at Warsaw University. He is an Editor at Eastbook.eu portal and Editor in Chief of then Polish version of Belarus Votes – a blog about presidential elections in Belarus. He graduated from International Relations and Russian Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. During his studies he was an active member of the Russian Studies Students’ Association of the Jagiellonian University, where he organized many international projects and conferences. He spent a year in Russia, where he was teaching Polish language in a Polish Club. As correspondent of Eastbook.eu he reports on events in Russia. He is the author of weekly Russian press overviews and specializes in Russian mass media. His hobby is travelling around the post-Soviet countries.
Catia Bruno is a journalist based in Lisbon, Portugal, the city where she was born in 1990. Catia graduated in 2011 with a BA in Journalism. Since then, she already worked for two national newspapers in the country – the prestigious “Expresso” and the innovative “I”. She also freelanced for some international publications like GlobalPost and New Statesman. Currently, she writes mainly about foreign affairs. The issues she cares most about are minorities’ rights, inequality, social changes and life stories, with a particular interest in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries. She is also deeply interested in approaching these topics in Portugal.
Ksenia Omelchenko is a TV producer in “Smena-Saint Petersburg” Youth TV Channel and a Journalist in Fontanka.ru and Cossa.ru. As a MA Student of journalism in Saint-Petersburg State University, she graduated from the law faculty of Kiev National Economic University. She is head of press department in Junior Chamber International (Saint-Petersburg) and ex-journalist of “The Village”, “Hopes&Fears” magazines and Jetsetter.ua (Kiev) as well as exproducer and radiohost of “Behind the scenes” show – Radio KPI (Kiev).
Aresnii Vesnin is a historian, graduated from the history department of St. Petersburg state University. For several wonderful years, every summer worked as an archaeologist. Two years ago he came to work at the radio station Echo of Moscow in St. Petersburg. Started as a reporter, and now he has his two own programs about sport and about urbanism. He participated in many rallies of the opposition, several times spent the night at the police station. Likes St Petersburg, impressionist, jazz, and poetry of Nikolai Gumilev.