Video Journalist & Foreign Correspondent
Add a language to whatever you are studying - it opens up so many opportunities to travel, work and meet different people and experience different cultures. Also, don’t worry - hair straighteners will soon be available.
Katerina Vittozzi is an award-winning freelance video journalist and foreign correspondent.
Since 2013, Katerina has been based in Accra, Ghana. From there, she travels extensively across the continent and has covered some of Africa’s biggest news stories.
Katerina’s coverage of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic was dubbed ‘a masterclass in storytelling’ by judges in 2015’s One World Media Awards. She won their “New Voice – Young Journalist of the Year” prize. Katerina was also awarded the British government’s Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, in recognition of her extensive media coverage of the outbreak.
Katerina’s video and radio work has been broadcast on the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle and RFI, amongst others. She is a graduate in English literature from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford and a Fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
When I was 15 I did work experience at a local newspaper. The editor there told me, “If you can’t write it, get it written.” It’s stuck with me ever since, especially when deadlines are looming!
I was in Liberia when the first cases of Ebola were reported and I remember the first piece I did on the outbreak, which at that point had only killed 2 people in Liberia. The virus would go on to kill nearly 5,000 in Liberia alone, but for many months it was hugely under-reported. I spent a lot of time covering the outbreak, from all 3 worst-affected countries, and was in Liberia and Sierra Leone when both countries were declared Ebola-free. It’s rare you get to cover an entire story-arch like that. I met some incredible people who were risking their lives to help others in a whole range of ways and I was happy, and humbled, to get to tell their stories.
Such a difficult question! There are so many! Plus I think now is one of the most exciting time to work in foreign news. Today’s audience is a lot more aware of how connected the world is and I think there is a real appetite for a whole range of different stories and narratives from all around the globe. Technology and social media have also completely changed foreign news gathering in lots of really positive ways; allowing stories, and voices, from even the most far-flung places to be heard across the world almost in real-time.