Ana Maria Ciobanu
Storyteller, writer and editor
I am an associate editor at DoR (Decât o Revistă), a quarterly Romanian magazine covering stories about identity and focusing on longform journalism.
I have reported on poverty, stray dogs, spinal cord injuries, the legacy of the communist orphanages, child protection reform, domestic violence, but also on life when you’re 15 and popular, a retired football player struggling to finance his own team or a gang of independent young journalists living and working together.
Graduating from the University of Bucharest in 2011, I wrote my master thesis on the influence of narrative journalism on Romanian readers, comparing their understanding of a subject after reading tabloid news and an in depth reportage.
Two years later, I was a finalist for the Portrait category at the annual creative nonfiction awards hosted by the Friends for Friends Foundation for a story about a Romanian orphan whose identity was mixed up in the maternity where he was born. “The other life of Ghita” was granted second prize in the ceremony. In 2013, “Perspectives”, my piece about life in a wheel chair in Romania was granted second prize in the same competition.
In 2014 I worked on an ambitious project about the nuances of domestic violence in Romania.
I teach creative writing and journalism for children and teenagers and I have written over 50 stories for children.
If left with some spare time, I will fill it with mountain biking, rock climbing and camping.