International Journalism Festival 2019

IN APRIL, Branch member Federica Tedeschi went to Perugia, in Italy, to attend the International Journalism Festival (IJF19). She says it's "a global and inspiring event worth travelling for every year".

Press pass

Phestival press pass

LONG distance does not seem to be an issue, with some of the (over 650) IJF19 speakers coming from as far as Philippines and Australia. The organisers were proud to announce that 49 per cent of this year's speakers were women.

There was the usual abundance of social media technologies events, as well as talks and panels on different aspects of human rights. The festival also focused on the far-right movements currently making gains across Europe.

Each session was live-streamed, with video available on demand on the festival website immediately afterward.

Those who haven't been able to attend the festival in Perugia - don't despair! You can still pick and choose among almost 300 sessions and enjoy whatever event they might like by checking on

While in Perugia, I met one of the Festival's directors, and I am planning to bring the LFB to the IJF20 next April, to present a project involving Afghanistan, which the branch is currently working on.

  • The Italian daily newspaper Repubblica mentioned in an April online article on the community of Italian journalists in London. Their reporter asked LFB's Francesca Marchese for suggestions for Italian reporters who wish to work as freelances in London. She suggested they should "Improve your English, and connect with the NUJ." See