Freelance profile

Francesca Marchese

- I am a London based Sicilian journalist; - I help UK journalists covering stories about Italy and Sicily: current affairs, migration, breaking news, features, food and lifestyle; - I worked as a journalist in Catania, Sicily, for more then a decade: online, TV, radio, magazine, news agencies; - I have a background in PR; - My written Italian has been rated outstanding ("110 e lode, plus special mention"); - I have strong communication skills in English; - I am the founder of the UK community "SicilyCulture"; - I created an online group of Italian journalists. Please get in touch!

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Contact details:

Town: London
Postcode: CR7
Region/nation: London
Country: United Kingdom
Also find me on: Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | Twitter | Medium
Mobile: 07549361411


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ReporterRates: Reporter
Feature writerRates: Print media
Online journalismRates: Online/writing
BroadcasterRates: Broadcasting
ProofreaderRates: Sub-editing
ResearcherRates: Researcher
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  • Current affairs
  • Foreign affairs and overseas
  • Arts/entertainment
  • Food and drink
  • Film and theatre
  • Travel/tourism

Major clients:

  • British media outlets
  • Private clients

Profile last updated: 2019-07-17 09:00:32

Extra information:

  • Read my articles on:

EJN: Italian election;

BBC: Camilleri and SicilySicilian pistachioSicilian oranges; Italian referendum;  

MAIL ON SUNDAYHow Italian Police Captured Fake Taxi Driver RapistAfrican tannery;

DAILY MAIL: Masked gang; Syrian refugees;

THE GUARDIAN: Cinema Paradiso;

LONDRA ITALIA (in Italian): many

IL GAMBERO ROSSO (in Italian): many

LIVE SICILIA (in Italian): many

  • I have been writing about Italians abroad for the latest 3 editions of the annual book "Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo" by Fondazione Migrantes (CEI). In 2018 I have written about Italian homeless people in London; in 2017 I have written a chapter about Italian prisoners in the UK, and a chapter about Sicily as a region where many expats come from; In 2016 I have written a chapter about Begali people with Italian passport in the UK. 
  • I was press assistant at the Sandford St Martin Awards in 2018, 2017 and 2016;
  • Read interviews to me on:
- BBC: Etna explosion (video);
- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Italian cinema;
- REPUBBLICA TV: Oxford Circus panic (video); Italian bengalese community in London (video);
- STUDIO APERTO: Oxford Circus panic (video);
- TV2000: Westminster attack (video);
- MERIDIONEWS:Sicilians abroad;


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Me: I am a London based Sicilian journalist. @Hazel Dunlop © Francesca Marchese Me: I am a London based Sicilian journalist. @Hazel Dunlop
I've been living in London for 6 years. I started my career aged 19. I worked in Sicily for more then a decade on TV, online, radio, news agencies, newspapers and magazines. I've a background on PR. Photo Credits: Hazel Dunlop
This is me working in Catania, Sicily. ©Orietta Scardino © Francesca Marchese This is me working in Catania, Sicily. ©Orietta Scardino
I write about current affairs, lifestyle, food, cinema. I know well the Italian community in London: please ask me info! Photo credits: Orietta Scardino
This is me working in Catania, Sicily, on a migrant story. ©Filippo Milazzo © Francesca Marchese This is me working in Catania, Sicily, on a migrant story. ©Filippo Milazzo
From London, I help journalists covering breaking news and migrant stories in Sicily and Italy. Photo credits: Filippo Milazzo