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Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist and writer
I am a freelance journalist and writer based in Berlin, focusing on feature writing and investigative journalism, mainly about Europe. I am now working on a series of articles on how corporations act very strategically to achieve political influence in the EU. And until mid-2024, as a recipient of a European Journalism Fellowship by the Free University Berlin, I will also work on a project aimed to research the decision-making processes that led to the current institutional and normative infrastructure in Europe. Earlier, I was a project director at Arena for Journalism in Europe, and I was the co-initiator and coordinator of the cross-border project Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe, which won the European Press Prize Innovation Award in 2022. Before moving to Berlin, as a journalist I was successively based in London, Nairobi, Istanbul and Barcelona. I have reported from more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East; and my writing has appeared in Foreign Policy magazine, Al Jazeera, New Statesman and El País, among other media outlets. In 2017 and 2018, I researched and wrote about citizen political activism, democracy and human rights in Europe thanks to an Open Society Fellowship. In 2012, my feature ‘A la horca con 14 años’ (‘To the Gallows at 14’), about a child sentenced to death in South Sudan, won the Dario D’Angelo Award, given by the Marco Luchetta Foundation.