Edward Jozef Szekeres

Freelance Journalist & Fixer

Location icon Slovakia

I'm a Slovak/Hungarian stringer and fixer swinging from Bratislava, Slovakia to Ghent, Belgium and back. Yet my mail is (figuratively) addressed to my suitcase. I report news and features on a wide range of topics, but it's politics, sports, social issues and longform features/profiles that make me get up from bed on most days. On the occasional morning I prefer to sleep, though.

Bylines regularly pop up, among others, in Balkan Insight, SME, Slovak Spectator, Dennik N,, Kafkadesk and Northern Times. Currently in the last phase of obtaining my Master in Journalism degree from the University of Groningen.

My honed and unremittingly re-honed multimedia skills cover camera work (both in front and behind the lens), radio journalism, audio and video editing, and online and newspaper journalism. At the crux of it lies my insatiable drive to see, smell, hear, taste, touch and feel stories everywhere, anywhere.

Available for commissions in Europe and beyond, please reach out at [email protected]

Laying it all on the line: students join fight for the planet

Surrounded, arrested, removed, jailed - then back out on the streets to do it all over again. Students who have joined Extinction Rebellion are willing to take big risks to remind us that our planet is dying. It's a surreal scene.

Profiles, Features & Sports

Slovak education: A skeleton in the closet "exposed" by pandemic - Kafkadesk

Bratislava, Slovakia - With Slovak schools under a nationwide lockdown since March 16, the internet has become the nation's headmaster. While keeping the wheels of teaching turning, the abrupt digitization of schooling has also blown the lid off the derelict state of Slovak education, experts say.

Denník N
Zobudil sa. Holandský futbalista prekonal kómu aj predpovede lekárov

Sú to takmer tri roky, čo sa na ihrisku v tieni rakúskych Álp stretli v rámci letnej prípravy na nadchádzajúcu sezónu Ajax Amsterdam a Werder Brémy. Pre vtedy dvadsaťročného hráča Ajaxu Abdelhaka Nouriho sa priateľský zápas pod ostrým slnkom v sekunde zmenil na boj o život.

Hungary's controversial "national consultation" off-track amid virus lockdown

Budapest, Hungary - Government plans to hold a national survey gauging citizens' views on nine questions concerning, among others, segregation in schools and judicial independence, appear to be on hold among the raging coronavirus pandemic that sealed Hungary's borders and prompted Prime Minister Viktor Orban to declare a nation-wide lockdown.

Teaching without seeing

Visually impaired PhD candidate Bas Tadema teaches constitutional law and treks through jungles, all while relying on his other senses - and a distinctive white cane.

Condoms, puke, and pubic hair

Every day, a team of cleaners picks up your rubbish, wipes away your coffee stains, and scrapes your chewing gum from the urinals so you don't have to study for exams in a dump. Their job is to keep the library spotless. It's a doomed mission.

Meet the men in black (and red)

You've probably seen them around - the men in red and black always telling students to park their bikes somewhere else. You may find it annoying, but they're doing it for your safety and security. It's also a chance to get their own lives on track.

Castrum Novum
Na kurte si tykal aj s prezidentom. Do loptičky udiera aj po 80-ke

Úspešný tenisový veterán a stále aktívny hráč Ľudovít Augustín prekypuje energiou, ktorú by mu závideli aj mladšie generácie. Niekoľkonásobný majster Slovenska vo svojej vekovej kategórii je presvedčený, že základy staroby si človek musí vybudovať v tridsiatke až päťdesiatke.

Farmer ´til I die

Home and away, on a rainy Wednesday night or a scorching Sunday afternoon, these students follow FC Groningen everywhere and chant the team’s name from the stands. Why?
Koľko zarába najúspešnejší YouTuber všetkých čias?

Dá sa to aj bez vysokej školy. Aspoň to vyplýva z pohľadu na mimoriadne úspešnú kariéru Felixa Kjellberga, známeho tiež pod pseudonymom „PewDiePie". Blonďavý Švéd je historicky najúspešnejším tvorcom obsahu na platforme YouTube, kde má v súčasnosti viac ako 93 miliómená tučný balík peňazí.nov odberateľov.

'Business is bigger than studying'

You think you have enough on your plate already? Try running a café while also trying to pass exams. For Moldovan student Diana Scorpan, it is hard but rewarding work.

The person behind the pizza

In rain or shine, hail or snow, delivery people are out on the streets of Groningen, ready to answer hunger's call.

Politics & News

The Northern Times
Parkrun to sound starting pistol in Groningen in February | The Northern Times

Running enthusiasts in Groningen can start lacing up their shoes for a unique weekly event that will see them snake their way through bike-free paths tucked away in the thick of the Stadspark. Parkrun, a weekly 5 kilometers-long run with no entry fee or time limits, is coming to Groningen in late February 2020.

Emergency housing extended

Homeless students sleeping at the Metaallaan emergency housing can stay two more weeks. While the emergency housing facility was supposed to close on October 1, too many students still haven't found a permanent housing solution.

Students protest against harassment | UKrant column

Sparked by UKrant columnist Gerrit Breeuwsma's latest column, thirty students gathered on Tuesday to protest harassment. The Hold RUG Accountable organisation calls for a 'dialogue about respectful academia' in a safe space.

The Stand
Clash at European Election Debate in Groningen

D66 accuses the SP of nationalist fear mongering, as an all-female candidate panel initially demonstrates solidarity, but ends up colliding on major policy issues facing the next European Parliament.

Fire forces students out of their house

A fire on Tuesday morning at the corner of Parkweg and Hoornsediep caused considerable damage. Inhabitants of a student house at the Hoornsediep have no idea when - or if - they can return home.

Social Issues

Bike chaos will only get worse

Can't find a space to park your bike around the university buildings in the city centre? Bike stewards don't see that improving any time soon. 'We remove one bike, and three others take its place.'

Housing shortage shrinks as emergency rooms free up

Little over a week after the abandoned school facility at the Metaallaan opened as a third emergency housing location, some international students are already leaving their temporary homes.

Living in the Esdoornflat: 'At least the people are nice'

At the official start of the academic year, many new students have to make do with a temporary emergency room. UKrant dropped by the Esdoornflat, one of the biggest emergency housing complexes, to see how students live.

KEI bans balloons, but message falls on deaf ears

Although KEI-week banned the infamous gas balloons from all of their events, students who went out for the pub crawl could easily get them at nearby locations, undermining KEI's message.

The one that got away: why are we heading for another housing crisis?

Predators prey on the most vulnerable, goes the old adage. Rogue landlords exploit international students, says the Groninger translation. And don't be fooled by the promise that next year is going to be better. The RUG itself admits that we need more rooms to house incoming students.

Uber Eats couriers go on strike in Groningen

Payment reductions and a sudden drop in orders prompted more than half of the estimated 200 Uber Eats couriers in the city to go on strike last Monday, according to sources close to the protest.

The Stand
Tippelzone Shutdown - A Tug of War Between Policy and Reality

Used condoms stuck to trash cans, empty metal booths, puddles on the pavement. Silence in the air. In the final months of the Groningen Tippelzone, sex workers are left out in the cold due to stigma and bigotry. It's the calm before the storm.

In the trenches around the Rikkers-Lubbers house

Students and neigbours are fighting a small war in the former nursing home House Rikkers Lubbers. Are these neighbours a nagging pain in the ass? Or do they actually have point?

Video/TV Reportage

Radio Reportage

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