The team of ‘Media about Development’ bloggers and journalists (mostly current and former colleagues, teachers and students from Comenius university in Bratislava and Palacky university in Olomouc) has been coached and led by responsible journalist: Boba Markovič Baluchová.
Dr. Markovic Baluchova has been working as a lecturer at Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czechia and providing global education, as well as media trainings for several NGOs and universities in Slovak and Czech Republic. Her research is focused on community development programs, global volunteering, media coverage of global challenges. She earned her Master’s degrees in geology (Comenius university, Slovakia, 2003), journalism (Comenius university, Slovakia, 2008), documentary artwork (VSMU, Slovakia, 2014) and public health administration (St. Elizabeth University, Slovakia, 2015). She also holds a PhD in environmental mineralogy from Comenius University, Slovakia (2010). In 2011 she founded Slovak NGO: DocUnion with ‘Media about Development’ blogging platform and co-founded Pluto NGO dealing with community development, volunteering and social inclusion projects in Slovakia. In 2012 she was a part of the project team focusing on climate change and peer solidarity (implemented by Caritas Slovakia and funded by EuropeAid). In 2013 she worked as development field worker in Kenya (as a part of Trnava University social and health care project in the Kwale region’). In 2014 she received National Journalism Award for her blogs: ‘Lessons of Development’ / ‘Lekcie rozvoja’, organized by NOS: Open Society Fund in Slovakia. In 2015-17 she worked as communication consultant for UNDP for Europe and CIS in Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine, in 2018 she volunteered for ADRA Slovakia. She is responsible for Media & information literacy (MIL), solution journalism and development journalism workshops, as well as pre-departure trainings for future development volunteers. She conducted her field research in Slovakia (2003-2019), Czech republic (2012-2019), Uganda (2012), Kenya (2013-2014), Moldova (2015-2019), Montenegro (2015-2016), India (2015), Armenia (2016), Bosnia and Hercegovina (2017), Georgia (2018) and Samoa (2019). She works for Ambrela – Platform for Development organizations as a Communications manager now.
The entire team of bloggers, storytellers and photographers – #MediaAboutDev volunteers is passionate about solution journalism, development journalism and responsible writing about global challenges. Thanks for reading our eye-opening articles.