Ada Petriczko

Freelance Journalist @adapetriczko @ada_petriczko

Ada is a freelance journalist and foreign correspondent from Poland, covering women’s rights, social justice and culture. As a contributor to the country’s major liberal daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, and the iconic feminist magazine, Wysokie Obcasy, Ada specializes in long-form journalism, particularly narrative features and interviews. She also collaborated with Vespucci Group, Are We Europe and Przekrój among others. Since the beginning of her career in 2014, Ada has travelled extensively, reporting from India, South America and Europe. She interviewed state leaders and Man Booker Prize-winning authors; she reported on social crises and marginalized communities. However, a common thread through her stories have always been women. Between 2017 and 2019, Ada served as an editor at NewsMavens – the first European newsroom run entirely by women, to counter the underrepresentation of female journalists in the media industry. As the curator of Polish news, she covered the impact of the current government’s nationalist policies on the state of women’s rights in Poland. In the meantime, Ada led an international team of journalists in a cross-border reporting series Witch Hunt, exploring women’s rights through the theme of modern and historical witch hunts. The project was supported by the Reporters in the Field grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation and was published in multiple media outlets. For the past two years, Ada reported on gender and women’s rights from the Indian subcontinent. Among the subjects she covered were acid attacks, honour killings, sexual violence and child marriage. She was based in North India, researching Missing Women - a narrative, non-fiction book and a series of reported features about the 45 million women who are missing from the Indian population due to widespread sex selection. The project was supported by the IWMF and will be released by Gazeta Wyborcza and the Agora publishing house. Lately, Ada has been experimenting with podcasts. For Vespucci Group, she created a narrative audio story, The Girl in Red, about Rashmila Shakya from Nepal, the former Kumari goddess turned activist and software engineer. Ada is also the co-author of Playbook, the guide to cross-border journalism published by the Bosch Foundation, for which she edited the chapter on ethics. In 2018, she was nominated for “best feature writing” at the national journalistic competition “Wrażliwy” for the story of the model and acid attack survivor, Reshma Qureshi. Ada graduated from Goldsmiths College in London, the University of Warsaw and the Polish School of Reportage. Currently, she is based in Warsaw.

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A remote island nation confronts its first confirmed coronavirus case.

The Cook Islands, the South Pacific nation known for its strict isolation policy, was among the last countries with no reported coronavirus cases. On Saturday, Prime Minister Mark Brown announced that a traveler who visited from New…

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Fake pop-up testing sites proliferated in the U.S. as demand soared, officials say.

With the surge in cases fueled by the Omicron variant came a surge in the demand for coronavirus tests — and right behind it, a surge in accusations of fraud and warnings to U.S. consumers…

Bye Bye Boston

On January 24, I closed the door of my Boston apartment and returned the keys to my neighbors, Manuela and Simon, who had become my local family over the course of the fellowship. As we…

Reporter’s Miracle: Interviewing Amartya Sen

Among the adepts of what is (quite snobbishly) called the Polish School of Reportage, we sometimes use the term “a reporter’s miracle”. I’m pretty sure it was coined by one of the School’s forefathers, Mariusz…

Half time: Wrapping up the semester

I’m going to sound ancient, but I can’t help it: how time flies! It feels like a week ago I was on my way to the first classes at MIT and Boston University, and all…

A High-Stakes Game of Chicken: Interviewing the Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a story which combined two of my greatest interests – gender and press freedom. I’ve interviewed Maria Ressa, the iconic Filipino journalist and the CEO of Rappler,…

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Q&A: Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa won’t be silenced

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist who last month shared the Nobel Peace Prize, likes to quote the biologist E.O. Wilson: “The real problem of humanity is the following: We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and…

Studying Gender and Development at MIT

Have I already mentioned that choosing the classes to audit in Cambridge triggered the biggest attack of FOMO yours truly has ever experienced? I might have. As a Neuffer fellow, I got to pick from…

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Nobel Peace Prize a challenge to autocrats

On Oct. 8, the Nobel Committee announced that two journalists, Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitri Muratov from Russia, had received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. They were recognized for “their efforts to safeguard freedom of…

Writing my first editorial for the Boston Globe

One of the most exciting parts of my job at the Boston Globe are the weekly editorial board meetings. (Yes, as a Neuffer fellow, I’m a member of the board – another insane fun fact…

Polyester ghosts and first op-eds

The Boston part of the fellowship is ripe with possibilities. As a Neuffer fellow, I’m a part of the editorial board of the Boston Globe, I work as a research fellow at the MIT Center…

First things first: Washington DC

Last year, we were all forced to take a break. Due to COVID-19, the unimaginable happened – the world stood still for a few months, or so it felt. For the first time in the…

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In Europe’s new humanitarian crisis, border security is prioritized over human rights

There is a humanitarian crisis brewing in Europe, provoked by an authoritarian regime, in which the European Union has become complicit. Since early summer, thousands of people have been attempting to migrate to the EU…

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The Texas abortion law has an Eastern European ring to it

Since Texas effectively banned most abortions, I’ve been in a state of perpetual deja vu. The media coverage and the language used at both ends of the political spectrum all ring close to home. Weirdly…