This is a selection of pieces from my published work as multimedia journalist for the period 2010-2017.
My work digs international news and finds the human interest behind events and numbers. I wrote articles and produced video and audio reports about society, culture, development, science, crime and much more. I was a enthusiastic podcast producer and host.
In 2017 I joined the communication departement at the European Parliament as digital editor, facing the most challenging task of my professional life: communicating to the public the dream of a European integration.
Italian by birth, French by choice, European by values, I've been at home in three continents.
Maybe we've met in Johannesburg, Paris, Accra, Libreville, Boston, Beijing or Leipzig. Now, you will most likely find me in Brussels.
When I do not write, I travel, bake and make mistakes.
South African university students are continuing the struggle for a free decolonised higher education. The protests of 2016 reignited when in October the government allowed universities to increase fees for 2017, after any increase was frozen for 2016. As an emergency response to demonstrations, which in some cases ended with violence, universities decided to close their doors while still holding end of year exams. The protesters are first and foremost students and had to cope with the fact...
The subject of hair and how you wear it has made headlines in South Africa. Back in August, a group of students at Pretoria Girls High School staged a protest against a school policy they say banned their natural hair, requiring them to chemically straighten or braid it to conform to the school's strict code of conduct.
Non si placano le proteste degli studenti universitari sudafricani esplose a settembre, dopo l'annuncio del ministro dell'Istruzione superiore - Iama Nzimande - di un aumento delle tasse universitarie per l'anno accademico 2016-2017. Spetterà alle università sudafricane applicare l'aumento sulle tasse accademiche, che dovrebbe aggirarsi intorno all'otto per cento. La decisione crea un profondo divario sociale fra studenti abbienti e meno abbienti con un reddito familiare ridotto e riaccende...
Dalla fine di giugno di quest’anno in Zimbabwe si susseguono proteste, repressioni, scioperi e rivolte. Dall’indipendenza, avvenuta nel 1980, il Paese è sempre stato governato da Robert Mugabe, ormai 92enne. Ora lo Zimbabwe sembra per la prima volta realmente vicino al cambiamento. Gaia Manco, di ritorno da Harare, la capitale dello Zimbabwe.
A new electronic music project with a difference is teaching respect and tolerance in South Africa. Put down your smartphones - an old past-time is making a come-back in a big way -and it might just help you score a date! Batuk, a club act with a message A new electronic music project, Batuk, is making people dance in the clubs of Johannesburg, South Africa. But Batuk is not the average club act. This house music spreads a universal message of respect among people, by mixing African...
Protesta degli universitari e tensioni sociali in Sudafrica. Gaia Manco in diretta da Johannesburg
Il 3 agosto si sono tenute le elezioni locali in 278 comuni sudafricani. Il risultato mostra un sostanzioso calo di consensi da parte dell'African National Congress, a favore di una avanzata della Democratic Alliance e del partito di estrema sinistra Economic Freedom Fighters. La Malesia è un paese dinamico in grande sviluppo. Gaia Manco lo racconta da Pretoria per Radio24
Le proteste nello Zimbabwe, #thisflag. Ne parliamo con Gaia Manco, giornalista freelance in collegamento da Johannesburg
Si è appena conclusa la fiera dell’arte contemporanea di Johannesburg, Sudafrica, uno spazio di primo piano per la produzione artistica di tutto il continente africano. La fiera rappresenta per l’Africa quello che la nostra Art Basel rappresenta per l’arte in Occidente. Nella fiera Joburg Art fair, questo il suo nome, sono state presentate opere di ogni tipo, dalla scultura, alla pittura, dal video ai tessuti: ci colleghiamo adesso con Gaia Manco a Johannesburg, che ha visitato la fiera per noi.
La politica sudafricana e la nuova legge sull'esprorio terriero. In diretta da Johannesburg.
E' stata ritenuta irrazionale la decisione di non processare l'attuale presidente del Sudafrica, Jacob Zuma. Lo ritiene l'Alta Corte di Giustizia di Pretoria che ha deciso di riaccendere i riflettori sui guai giudiziari del presidente sudafricano bocciando così il mancato rinvio a giudizio, nel 2009. Zuma sarà in grado di terminare il suo mandato?
Maia Marie wants to end the separation between black and white people in South Africa, even 20 years after the end of Apartheid. So she created "The Mobile Living Library," a project in which young South Africans become open books, telling their personal stories to strangers.
Wouldn't the world be a boring place if we were all the same? Today on Pulse we're going to delve into the realms of self-expression and the arts - we go inside the studio of a tattoo artist in the Old City of Jerusalem. Get futuristic in Africa.
On the 10th of September the existence of the Homo Naledi was revealed to the world. The remains of a hitherto unknown relative of the human species was unearthed near Johannesburg, South Africa. Interview: Gaia Manco, Johannesburg, South Africa
World in Progress explores issues of globalization, education, economic development, poverty alleviation, human rights and more. On this week's program: The water crisis facing residents in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, and how heat-resistant beans can help farmers cope with global warming. Plus, German startups step up to the sustainability plate, and the new generation of artists using science fiction to create a different future for Africa. Details Date: 01.12.2015 Type:...
Data from the World Health Organisation show worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014 over 600 million adults were obese. At the same time, here in Sub-Saharan Africa, one person in four is undernourished*. How, then, to improve food consumption and distribution?
South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV infections in the world. More than one in ten South Africans are currently living with the disease. That's why the South African Department of Health is now distributing free condoms in different colors and scents.
South African Masandre Ntshanga has been disillusioned with his home country for a while. The 29-year-old author channeled his frustrations into creating a gripping novel. "The Reactive" is about three young friends in Cape Town dealing with unemployment, disease and substance abuse. In an interview, Ntshanga talks about what it's like growing up in urban South Africa.
He may be blind, but 20-year-old Eric is determined to see change in his country, Gabon. He makes his living singing rap songs, weaving the discontent he hears around him into his texts - and demanding change.
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Io volevo andare a Parigi e a Pechino. Il resto è successo, praticamente per caso, dicendo "perché no?" Podcast + immagini su tutto ciò che è troppo interessante per fare notizia
Yebo! in Zulu significa Sì! ed è un intercalare comune in Sudafrica. Yebo! per Gaia Manco, che realizza questa rubrica da Johannesburg, rappresenta un continente che si da fare, che risponde positivamente. Yebo! ogni settimana racconta le storie dall'Africa sub-sahariana e di quelle donne e quegli uomini che, fra mille sfide, ne stanno costruendo il futuro.
The Italian editorial that went viral. Almost 65.000 visits in less than a week! Parigi 2005 tornando a casa la sera con la mia coinquilina, nel decimo arrondissement: un uomo ci segue, ci fa delle proposte volgari, ci allontaniamo, lo ignoriamo, continua, abbiamo paura, ci insegue per un tratto di strada finché arriviamo in un viale più trafficato. 2008 Mercato Bastille, a fare la spesa il sabato...
By Gaia Manco Paris 2005 Evening, I'm walking home with my roommate, we live in the 10th arrondissement: A man follows us, makes vulgar advances, we walk away, we ignore him. He doesn't stop, we are afraid, he keeps on following us until we get to a busier avenue.
"Per dimensioni, organizzazione, numero e intensità, un evento come quello di Colonia mai sicuramente prima d'ora è accaduto, o comunque mai se n'è avuta notizia. E' stato purtroppo l'apice di ciò che in misura minore ci accade tutti i giorni".
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Una curiosità sulla società sudafricana: Christmas in July. Siccome ci troviamo nell’emisfero Sud, i sudafricani stanno prendendo l’abitudine di festeggiare una sorta di Natale a luglio, perché quello è il nostro inverno. Questo dà l’occasione per trovarsi intorno al fuoco, bere gluehwein e mangiare piatti sostanziosi che, appunto, in Europa si mangerebbero a Natale. Il nostro inverno non ha nulla a che vedere col vostro però: ogni giorno splende il sole e non si è mai vista la neve, anche se...
In questi giorni a cavallo fra Agosto e Settembre si tiene in Sudafrica e Swaziland una delle feste tradizionali più famose di tutta l’Africa, l’Umhlanga, che potremmo tradurre come “La danza delle Canne”. Si tratta di una festa lunga diversi giorni durante la quale le ragazze danzano per le famiglie reali locali. E’ il momento dell’anno in cui si celebra la cultura secolare del sud dell’Africa.
Johannesburg, in Sudafrica, è conosciuta come una città pericolosa, in cui in molti quartieri sono chiamati “no-go areas”, aree dove dove, se si ha a cuore la propria sicurezza, è meglio non avventurarsi. Ma proprio in questi quartieri del centro, dove i grattacieli sono ormai abbandonati a loro stessi, sorgono bolle di sviluppo urbano. Edifici rimessi a nuovo secondo le ultime tendenze dell’architettura, ristoranti che offrono piatti provenienti da ogni parte dell’Africa e del mondo,...
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Another live report from Beijing for the Italian radio. This time I talk about the APEC Summit that is ending today in Beijing. Did you know which shade APEC blue is? You can find the podcast on CaterpillarAm, Radio2Rai page Details Date: 12.11.2014 Type: 10 min Radio live two-way Language: Italian Outlet: CaterpillarAm, Radio2Rai Place: Beijing, China Note: I am in China thanks to the “Media Ambassador” programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation.
I didn’t expect my first gig as a German journalist in China to be on… Italian radio. Tiananmen Square was full of umbrellas, but I’m afraid that the analogies with the Honk Kong demonstrations stop here. Details Date: 1.10.2014 Type: 10 min Radio live two-way Language: Italian Outlet: CaterpillarAm, Radio2Rai Place: Beijing, China Note: I am in China thanks to the “Media Ambassador” programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Il progetto di una moschea a Lipsia ha dato vita a un dibattito infuocato e a tensioni inaspettate in una città fino ad oggi ritenuta tollerante.
One street at a time, Flaneur digs into human stories at the local level. But don't expect to find the tales online. Though the print-only magazine flirts with global and local media, it shies from a big online presence.
If you grow up in a place plagued by crime and unemployment, like the inner city of Johannesburg, you might think your fate is already mapped out for you. But, a skateboarding crew is aiming to change all that. Ayanda Mnyandu wants to change the way young people in his neighborhood think about themselves – by introducing them to skateboarding. DW’s Gaia Manco went to meet Ayanda at the Troyeville skate park in Johannesburg, to discover what skateboarding is able to teach about life in a...
Gaia Manco und Mark Michel begleiten Ärzte in einer afrikanischen Klinik, die den Wirkstoff an Patienten testen Besser als gar kein Schutz vor Malaria: Moskitonetze. (picture-alliance | dpa) Gut 30 Jahre hat es gedauert, nun will der Pharmakonzern Glaxo Smith Kline den ersten Malaria-Impfstoff auf den Markt bringen: RTS,S heißt der Wirkstoff, der nun in Afrika getestet wird.
Santa Claus goes through his mail in Napapiiri, Finland. Photos: IC A woman and child with Santa Claus dolls in a furniture store in Leipzig, Germany Zuzu women dancing in Lesedi Cultural Village near Johannesburg, South Africa Demonstrators surround a Christmas tree at City Hall in Philadelphia, the US.
As the weather continues to get chilly you've probably started to feel the need to comfort yourself with food. What better than a heart-warming apple cake? Apples are excellent for your health, being rich in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus let's face it, they're delicious with butter and sugar. I love to taste and bake cakes from around the world and note recipes down in my blog in my spare time. So here I've made a short selection of recipes - all tested - of an all-time classic:...
A young German cyclist repairs used bikes and ships them to African countries. There, they're not just a way to get some exercise, but can be an essential means of transportation for small business owners.
As a result of a growing concern about environmental protection and food safety, Chinese consumers are turning their attention towards organic food. "Organic" means that the food is produced by farmers who do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, chemical additives or GMO seeds. In addition to that, organic farmers try and reduce the impact of their farming on the soil and in general on the environment. Because of the way it is produced, organic food tends to be more expensive than...
The APEC meeting is bringing leaders from all over the world to Beijing. More importantly, the occasion of the summit is giving many of us a few extra free days. If you are among the lucky ones and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital, here are a few tips for how to best enjoy the short break.
La 56esima edizione del festival del documentario e del film d'animazione di Lipsia ha visto protagonisti i registi italiani. La Colomba d'oro come miglior documentario straniero è andata a "Stop the pounding heart” del regista italiano Roberto Minervini. Il documentario è una co-produzione americana, belga e italiana. Anche la Colomba d'oro per il miglior documentario tedesco è stata vinta da un italiano, il friulano Carlo Zoratti, regista di "The special need”.
Scientists in Africa are in the final stages of trials for a malaria vaccine that's raising hopes of reducing child infections - and deaths - by half. But is 50 percent good enough? Figures from the World Health Organization suggest that malaria infects more than 200 million people every year - causing 700,000 deaths around the world.
Bei einer Konferenz im südafrikanischen Durban haben Forscher die neuesten Ergebnisse einer großangelegten Malaria-Impfstudie vorgestellt. Daran beteiligt waren Kliniken in sieben Ländern Afrikas. Die Albert-Schweitzer-Klinik in Lambarené ist Teil einer breiten Anti-Malaria-Allianz In Gabun erkrankt jedes Kind durchschnittlich einmal im Jahr an Malaria. Für Forscher ist es der ideale Ort, um eine neue Impfung zu erproben.
What would their grandparents say? That's what design students from two German schools asked themselves. They found that designing everyday objects for the elderly is both a creative challenge and a smart career move.
Last week, more than a thousand skilled apprentices competed against each other for the gold medal in their trade - everything from car painting to floristry. Worldskills in Leipzig is the Olympics of vocational training.
Their bodies are still strong and they haven't spent much time at cemeteries. The challenge for a group of German design students was to meet the needs of people three times their age with innovative everyday objects.
Mao Ju, 29, was concerned when she found out that many Chinese children don’t read for fun. She founded a free library in Beijing, for migrant children in particular, to help them discover the pleasure of reading. She involves the kids in the management of the library and encourages them to express their own opinions on the library blog. Listen to the report by Gaia Manco in Beijing:
Which battles are you involved in? European artists provide answers 200 years after Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Nations in Leipzig. Their experimental communal theater project brings audiences to the "front."
[Radio report, Italian, German public radio] Lontani dalle mete di emigrazione tradizionali, alcuni italiani hanno raggiunto il successo nell'impresa, nell'arte e nella cultura a Lipsia, in Sassonia. Tre di loro si raccontano.
Jay, 28, is passionate about preserving traditional African dance – and about watching out for the street kids in the impoverished city of Accra. She and her husband Nii, a drummer, have founded a dancing troupe whose purpose is not only to spread West African dance theater but also to improve local children’s lives. 5 minute reportage recorded, written and edited by Gaia Manco
Eleven research centers in Africa are completing the testing of a malaria vaccine, which, if approved and introduced to the market, could reduce the number of cases of the disease in children by 50 percent. That’s the aim, anyway.
Getting trained as a musician in Leipzig has long been tuition-free for everyone. But now the conservatory has announced steep tuition for non-EU students. Students are protesting in the way they know best: with music.
In Europe, only 17 per cent of researchers in the natural sciences are women. Their experiences can shed light on why women remain underrepresented. A profile of Dr Alya Pender at the Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification in Leipzig.
[Correspondence, Italian] On April 27th, 28th and 29th I reported for the radio shows “Caterpillar” and "28 minuti"as Royal wedding reporter
[interview, Italian, German public radio] Ha vissuto e lavorato in Inghilterra e in Francia, prima di approdare in Sassonia, a Lipsia. Gaia Manco, 30 anni, giornalista per radio e tv, proprio per la sua ultima città d'adozione ha ideato "The Leipziger".
[Restaurant review] Bike riding doesn't mean having to give up on the finer things of life.
Design For those with limited mobility, everyday activities can become impossible. A group of German design students set out to find creative - and stylish - solutions to make the lives of the disabled just a bit easier.
The West African nation of Ghana is listed among the top 30 nations on the latest Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, scoring far above the majority of African countries as well as EU members such as France, Spain and Italy. What is Ghana doing right?
Bologna is a university city with a vibrant cultural life. It hold a special place in the history of music and it has a tradition of political activism. Does any of this ring a bell?
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In Europe depression is the leading cause of disability and every year 18 to 21 million people suffer from it. Around half of the cases are unrecognised, undiagnosed, and untreated. The multitude of therapies, the fear of antidepressants, taboos, prejudices and the shame always connected with a mental illness have put a lid on this widespread disease. Let this multimedia investigation guide you through the "madness" of depression.
Multimedia reporter and video editor: the video was produced, filmed and edited and broadcasted on the same day of the conference by a two-people staff
Entrepreneurial journalism + local journalism + recklessness = The Leipziger
On 16 July 2013 Leipzig commemorated the victims of the Holocaust by adding 22 new Stolperstein stones in memory of its persecuted residents. German artist Gunter Demnig plante...
You have time until 6 pm to decide. And you haven’t made up your mind yet. “The candidates are all the same!” Well, they are not. Here is why.
On Sunday -27 January 2013- you will be called to vote for Leipzig’s next mayor. I met the candidates for you, so that you can have a clearer idea before going to the ballot box.
On the occasion of the visit of Mikhail Gorbachev in Leipzig, on 15 March 2013, Leipzigers gathered inside and around Peterskirche (Sudvorstadt) to see him presenting his book about his life with beloved (late) wife Raiss
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Researcher and assistant producer April 2011
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[Investigative journalism, Italian] "Danilo Restivo è stato condannato all’ergastolo per l’omicidio di Heather Barnett commesso con crudeltà e premeditazione, ha sentenziato il giudice del tribunale di Winchester ieri 30 giugno."