Irene Caselli is an experienced, multimedia reporter and writer now focusing on sexuality, women’s rights and early childhood.

Earlier in her career she spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. She worked for the BBC in Venezuela when Hugo Chávez died, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian and El País.

In 2019 she was hired as the “First 1,000 Days” correspondent for The Correspondent, a transnational, member-funded platform. She was one of just five staff writers chosen among 2,000 applicants. When The Correspondent shut down in December 2020, she launched this newsletter, The First 1,000 Days, in collaboration with Slow News.

Irene published a chapter in Unbias the News, a book that focuses on how to have more diversity in newsrooms. She also co-produced a half-hour documentary on women’s football and gender inequality, and one of her team’s short films on the same subject received a prize for collaborative journalism.

Irene has been awarded fellowships by the IWMF, the European Journalism Centre, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She moderates panels at festivals, regularly teaches journalism and mentors up-and-coming journalists. She speaks six languages, and is now learning Greek. In her free time, she writes stories for children that she likes to test out with her son Lorenzo.

Slow News is the first Italian slow journalism project. It was founded in 2014 by a group of experienced freelance journalists inspired by the idea of a different kind of journalism: slow, positive and solution-oriented, enriching and respectful of diversity, based on membership and focused on the readership’s needs. Slow News is an information community built with and by the people who support it.

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