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Joanna Zajaczkowska

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About Joanna
I'm a freelance journalist, researcher and lawyer from Krakow, Poland. My stories have been featured in Expatica, the Global Comment, the Guardian's Contributoria (online and in print), the first multilingual, multicultural European magazine (Cafebabel.co.uk), leading Polish news websites (Onet.pl, Press.pl) and exclusive magazines (Law Business Quality).  I also have experience in making short video reports.

Examples of my work: https://joannazajaczkowska.contently.com/
English Polish
Feature Stories Content Writing Corporate Content
Business Technology Science & Environment

Music Creation and Copyright in the Web 2.0 Era. Interview with Michael Todd, ASCAP Director of Film and TV Music

01 Apr 2023  |  Medium
Michael Todd, Senior Director at ASCAP, shares insights into the film music industry, emphasizing the importance of marketing skills alongside artistic talent for composers. He advises building relationships with influential people in the industry and being selective about projects. Todd also discusses the role of social media in networking and collaboration, although he personally prefers referrals over direct online approaches. He highlights the importance of understanding copyright laws and protecting one's work, mentioning ASCAP's role in managing performance royalties. Todd's experience includes serving on boards of international film music festivals and conducting career-building workshops for composers.

The Vibrant World of Spanish Cuisine

23 Aug 2021  |  Expatica
The article provides an extensive guide to Spanish cuisine, highlighting its global appeal and the influence of various cultures throughout history. It mentions renowned Spanish chefs like Juan Mari Arzak and Ferran Adrià, and notes that Spain houses three of the top 10 restaurants in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking. The guide covers the impact of civilizations such as the Greeks, Romans, Moors, and Jews on Spanish food, the introduction of New World ingredients to Europe by Spanish explorers, and the regional specialties of Spain's autonomous communities. It also discusses the Spanish diet as a representation of the Mediterranean diet, recognized by UNESCO, and its contribution to Spaniards' health. The article details typical Spanish mealtimes, the importance of socializing during meals, and the variety of ingredients that are staples in Spanish kitchens, including olive oil, various meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and carbohydrates. It also touches on famous dishes, regional cuisines, and the prominence of sauces and cheeses in Spanish gastronomy.

Society Polish LGBT community: 'Being different can be ghastly' The situation of LGBT persons in Poland recently attracted international media attention after controversial comments made by the former Polish president Lech Wałęsa in a television interview: gay MPs should sit in the back row of parliament or even ‘behind a wall’. What does reality look like for sexual minorities in Poland? Are homophobia levels as high in this country as some sources indicate?

Doctor on the migration front line

23 Aug 2016  |  Medium
Dr Pietro Bartolo is a frontline healthcare provider on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where he has been offering medical care to migrants and refugees since 1991. He has seen over 250,000 people and has been present for every boat arrival. The article describes the harrowing conditions faced by refugees traveling from North Africa to Europe, including the risks of drowning, illness, and assault. Dr Bartolo has witnessed many tragedies but also moments of hope, such as reviving a woman presumed dead. He shares these stories to raise awareness and call for a solution to the refugee crisis.

Between cultural revolution and protest: galvanizing jazz behind the iron curtain

01 Apr 2015  |  Medium
The article, written by Joanna Zajaczkowska, explores the history and significance of jazz music in the Eastern Bloc during the Stalinist era, focusing on Poland. Despite being suppressed as 'decadent music of the west' by communist regimes, jazz became a symbol of rebellion, freedom, and non-conformity, especially among the youth. The article discusses clandestine jazz events, the influence of Willis Conover's Jazz Hour broadcast by Voice of America, and the development of a unique jazz scene in Poland post-Stalin's death. It highlights the role of the Sopot Jazz Festival and the emergence of the Polish jazz school, with figures like Krzysztof Komeda, Michal Urbaniak, and Tomasz Stanko. The article also touches on the intersection of jazz and film, with Komeda's work on film scores, including 'Rosemary's Baby'. Komeda's legacy and the broader cultural impact of jazz in the Eastern Bloc are also examined.

A revival of Jewish culture in Poland

05 Jan 2015  |  Medium
The article discusses the resurgence of Jewish culture in Poland, highlighting the role of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw in this revival. The museum, which is located at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto, offers a comprehensive exhibition that spans the 1,000-year history of Jews in Poland, using advanced technology and interactive multimedia. The article also covers the broader context of Polish-Jewish relations, the impact of political transformation in 1989, and the increasing interest in Jewish culture among Poles. It mentions the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow and other cultural events, the role of Jewish museums like the Galicia Jewish Museum, and the Jewish Community Center of Krakow in fostering Jewish life. The piece also touches on the challenges and progress in Polish-Jewish relations, including the public debate on historical issues and the portrayal of Polish-Jewish history in films like 'Ida' and 'In Darkness'.

Bitspiration Festival: Music vs. New Technologies

05 Aug 2014  |  Cafébabel
The article discusses the impact of new technologies on the music industry, highlighted at the third edition of the Bitspiration Festival in Krakow, Poland. The festival, known for its innovative approach, brings together tech experts, investors, and music industry professionals to discuss the digital revolution's challenges and opportunities. Speakers like Piotr Kabaj from Warner Music Poland talked about music streaming trends, while Misia Furtak from the band très.b shared her crowdfunding experiences. The event also touched on the importance of social media for artist promotion and the risks of copyright infringement in digital music distribution. The festival aims to foster collaboration between the music and tech industries to navigate the digital landscape.

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