30 Nov 2010 / 10:10

Alumni article praised by the Economist

Barbara Matejcic's article Business booms for Croatia's gigolos was praised by Tim Judah, Balkans correspondent of the Economist, on the newspaper's website.

The journalist commented that "Monitoring stories in the Balkan press every day can be quite boring", but that Barabara Matejcic's article really caught his attention.

"When I came accross Business booms for Croatian gigolos (link) my eyes lit up", he commented. The piece (...)was original and fascinating, made me laugh and involved some real work". "It's safe to say that not every piece of Balkan journalism ticks all these boxes" he added.


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