Maria works as a reporter for local newspapers and magazines in St. Petersburg, Russia. She studies journalism at St Petersburg State University. The program has an emphasis on media and web design as well as on photojournalism. Therefore, she will choose a certain specialization at the end of her studies – a designer or a journalist. Maria is also a graduate of the art and musical schools and is also involved in different sport activities. This explains the variety of themes she covers when reporting but the most appealing for her is to write about social problems and international affairs. This summer she was working as an intern at Russia Beyond the Headlines – the project for foreigners about Russia that provides contributions for the world biggest newspapers. Now she is pursuing a semester study stay at Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark focusing on multimedia, journalism and world politics.