Francesca MICHELETTI (IT)
Anna POLITKOVSKAYA & Hrant DINK Promotion, 2007-2008
MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies
Policy and Regulatory Report (Mergermarket Group), Brussels
I have been working in media for more than ten years. I started as a reporter for a local daily newspaper while I was studying for my Master's in Journalism at Milan's IULM University. I worked for local and national newspapers, as well as for an international newswire. My first professional experience abroad was a traineeship at the press office of the Italian embassy in Sofia (Bulgaria), after which I decided to apply for the College. After the College I spent three years working in Public Relations in Milan and Brussels, with a half-year stint as a press officer at the European Commission. I went back to reporting full time in 2012, for a global publication where I cover antitrust and regulatory developments from Brussels.
WHAT THE COLLEGE MEANT TO ME
The College broadened my career options, starting from the geographic dimension. Suddenly, my horizon expanded well beyond my country's borders. Acquiring knowledge of a number of EU policy areas allowed me to stand out among the packed crowd of generalist reporters and break into a more specialized form of journalism - which I find stimulating and rewarding. Perhaps the most valuable legacy of the College remains its strong network, which is of invaluable support to my everyday job. Which, by the way, I found through an advertisement on the College alumni mailing list!