I am a Maltese photographer and writer who is interested in exploring social issues as well as investigating the effects of new technologies on individuals and society at large. All these factors inspire me to use photography, video and writing to create journalistic stories. After having graduated in BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Malta in 2012, I went on to pursue an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2014. I have completed work for publications and organisations including Die Zeit, AFP, The Times of Malta, The Malta Independent, Open Society Foundations, Transgender Europe and UNHCR, amongst others. Throughout 2018 I was mentored by Women Photograph under the guidance of Kate Bubacz and Endia Beal and subsequently became a member of the Women Photograph Platform.
- Willa's story : Trans kids need to be listened to.“Trans kids need to be listened to, we don’t have a disorder and you can’t change us!” Meet Willa Naylor, she’s a 7 year old trans activist from Malta, and together with her parents, Bex & James, she is campaigning against the pathologisation of gender diversity in childhood. Thanks to the changes in Malta’s legal gender recognition, trans persons in Malta do not need to provide proof of psychiatric or psychological treatment in order to change gender legally. Unfortunately this is not quite
- A Victim Support Malta client tells her story25 November 2016 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. This is a short video featuring one of our former clients, who has bravely shared her story to raise awareness about sexual assault and rape in Malta, and - in her own words - give girls hope 'that there is life after rape'.
Magazine Content Editor/ News JournalistStandard Publications Ltd.
Between February 2017 and July 2018 I worked as a news journalist with The Malta Independent, focusing on political reporting and human interest stories. Between October 2017 till present day, I was given the role of editing a regional magazine published the newspaper, for which I research stories and work on, and assign, both written and visual content.
Freelance Photographer and JournalistSelf Employed
I work as a freelance photographer and writer, mainly focusing on journalistic work. I have done a variety of work for a number of local and international publications and NGOs including AFP, Die Zeit, Open Society Foundations, The Times of Malta and UNHCR Malta. I work continuously on my own long-term projects, a sample of which can be seen at www.joannademarco.com. I am also a member of the international platform for female, female-identifying and gender non-binary photographers Women Photograph.
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- Article Writing
- Content and Media Writing
- Cultural Journalism
- Visual Storytelling
MA Photojournalism Documentary PhotographyLondon College of Communication, UAL
- London, United Kingdom
Photojournalism and documentary photography were learned through a series of photographic assignments guided by professionals in the field, who helped us to develop our own projects over the course of a year, building up to a final, major project. We also learned the history of the medium and attended lectures on aspects such as criticism, ethics, and theory.
BA Communications with EnglishUniversity of Malta
A theory and a practice-based course in which we analysed and gained skills in different aspects of media and communications. The areas of study included journalism, design and visual communications, marketing, advertising, photography, reporting, film, and human communications. The final year of the course was dedicated to areas of focus; for which I chose journalism and photography. My subsidiary subject, English, included an array of in-depth critiques of a variety of literary genres, poetry, and linguistics. My main focus throughout this course was 19th-century literature.
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