Gaia Manco

Journalist, Comm manager, Coach, Podcaster in

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I give voice to stories that matter.

As a multimedia multilingual journalist I juggle between languages and media to find the best way to tell stories.

I enjoy researching international news and finding the human interest behind events and figures. I write articles and produce multimedia reports about development, culture, science, healthcare, international affairs, and crime.

I tell real stories in a way that you want to engage with them, which brought me to conceive and manage a brand new digital communication strategy at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation, University of Pretoria, where I am in charge of translating academic research and data into readable content for news and social media. I am currently focusing on open data projects, such as the Land Matrix. I create the communication strategy and build the websites that go with it.

Follow me if you can: Italian by birth, I've lived and worked in France, Uk, Germany, China and now South Africa, and I spend as much time as I can travelling the world. Maybe we have met in Accra, Paris, Beijing or Boston: I am ready to follow stories and projects worldwide.

You can listen to my travel adventures on the podcast As a pioneer of podcasting in Italian, I also produce and host the African current affairs show "Yebo!" on Radio Bullets.

One doesn't know anything until she is able to teach it: as a HR and language coach I put my multidisciplinary experience at the service of others.

Past missions of mine include: research and communication at a UN agency, event management for NGOs, juggling, acting in plays for young audiences.

When I do not write, I travel, bake and make mistakes. I hardly do one thing at a time, and do almost all of them while talking.

  • Education
    • MA Multimedia Journalism
    • MA Diplomatic Studies
    • BA Humanities and Communication
    • Diploma in Chinese