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Irene Caselli is a multimedia reporter and writer, with two decades of experience in radio, TV and print, now focusing on early childhood, reproductive rights, and careers. She is also a senior advisor for The Early Childhood Reporting Initiative at the Dart Center.

For a decade, Caselli was a foreign correspondent in Latin America, reporting for the BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times and others. In 2019, she started covering early childhood for The Correspondent. In January 2021, she launched her own newsletter, The First 1,000 Days, where she continues her writing about the foundational period of our lives that is too often overlooked, partly influenced by her experience as a mother of Lorenzo and León.

She published a chapter in Unbias the News, a book about how to make journalism more diverse. She produced a documentary on women’s football and gender inequality, and one of her short films on the same subject received a prize for collaborative journalism.

Caselli has been awarded fellowships by the International Women’s Media Foundation, the European Journalism Centre and the Solutions Journalism Network. She speaks six languages (English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese), and is now learning Greek.

Irene Caselli


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LVR LandesMuseum

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Festival ticket required

Trauma-informed interviewing — what to consider when interviewing children, migrants and other people who have been affected by trauma

With Irene Caselli

How do journalists report ethically and effectively on children and other people who have faced traumatic events and involve them in their reporting without causing further harm? This workshop will help deepen people's understanding of what trauma is and how to do interviewing that is trauma-informed and does not retraumatise children and other survivors, creating check-lists of what to consider before, during and after an interview.

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Design Offices

// Training Room

Festival ticket required

Mental Health: How to stay sane in the news business

With Irene Caselli, Lea Thies, Chiponda Chimbelu and Hannah Storm

What's the way forward to ensure that journalists can keep doing their job and staying connected with their audience during tough times?

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