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Giacomo Z.

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

$200 - $1000 / Day

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Top Services

  • Reporter / Journalist

  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

  • Video Editor - News



  • 4K video camera
  • GoPro or equivalent


  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic


  • Shoulder rig

About Giacomo

Based in Rome, travelling through the Mediterranean, the Sahel and West Africa. I focus on human trafficking, transnational crime, conflicts, borders and human stories. From 2016 to 2021, I've been covering extensively migration and jihadist threats in Niger. I've been a recipient of the Evens Foundation Geopolitics Prize (2022), of the True Story Award (Special mention, 2019), of the Media Migration Award (2017) and a grantee of Journalism Fund, the European Journalism Center and the International Press Institute. I contribute to Italian and international outlets, such as La Repubblica, Internazionale, L'Espresso, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, The New Humanitarian, The Correspondent, Mèdiapart, Paris Match, Deutsche Welle, Open Migration, Profil. As a consultant, I worked with Amnesty International, Privacy International, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, The World Bank, Concord Europe, Coopi and others.

Top Projects

  • The European chase for Saharan smugglers - Privacy International

    • Reporter / Journalist

    The story digs into the use of surveillance tools, gifted by European donors, to tackle migrants smuggling in Niger, a country that has been turned into a major partner of the EU in the fight against irregular migration to its shore. It's a part of a long field work, conducted in Niger since 2016.

  • What’s behind the rising violence in western Niger?

    • Reporter / Journalist

    Long read exploring the reasons of the rising violence in Western Niger, and giving voice to witnesses, survivors and main actors.

  • A data ‘black hole’: Europol ordered to delete vast store of personal data

    • Reporter / Journalist

    Investigation into mass surveillance plans by the EU police cooperation agency, Europol.

  • Libere veramente - Radiotelevisione Svizzera Italiana

    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    As a part of a series of videoreportage dedicated to the history of radio stations, I co-shot and edited this video on the experience of Italian 'free' radios, that hit the media scene in the mid 1970s.

  • Nigerians returned from Europe face stigma and growing hardship - The New Humanitarian

    • Reporter / Journalist

    As a part of a longer work, realized in Nigeria between February and March 2020, I explored European Union programmes funding the return of migrants to their home country, and the impacts on people participating in these massive, expensive programmes.

All Services


  • Creative Director
  • Fixer
  • Production Company
  • Senior Producer / Project Manager
  • Series Producer / Show Runner
  • Translator

Production Support

  • Field Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • On-Air Reporter / Host
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist
  • Reporter / Journalist


  • Video Editor - News
  • Transcriber

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