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Political journalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus and Carleton University in Ottawa. Experience from the Danish Parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels.

I have covered elections in TürkiyePoland and Finland as a freelancer for the Danish and Finnish Union of Journalists, Euroman, EUobserver, Are We Europe, Jyllands-Posten, Zetland, Femina and others. Moreover, I have participated in political podcasts and given lectures about my work.

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Phone (+45) 61 33 50 13

Languages

Danish (C2), Finnish (C1),

English (C1), French (B1)

Birk Sebastian Kotkas

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WORK EXPERIENCE

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DANISH VETERINARY AND FOOD ADMINISTRATION

Press Advisor

Copenhagen

March 2024 - today

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Political Communication

Advising professionals in press communication and answering inquiries from journalists. Communicating on the Official Danish Dietary Guidelines.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Press Officer (Schuman Trainee)

Brussels, Belgium

October 2023 - February 2024

European Politics

Contributed to the press unit's contact with Danish correspondents in Brussels and covered the Environment Committee and plenary sessions through press releases, newsletters and briefings.

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SELF EMPLOYED

Freelance Journalist

Istanbul, Warsaw, Helsinki etc.

August 2023 - today

October 2023

Visited Poland as a prelude to the parliamentary elections in autumn 2023. Wrote about topics such as press freedom for Are We Europe, Altinget and the Danish and Finnish Journalists' Unions. 

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July 2023

Visited the Finnish-Russian border, where a new barrier fence is under construction. Wrote a report for Kristeligt Dagblad.

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May 2023

Covered the Turkish elections for Danish international media: Including RTV (Slovak radio and TV station), Radio4, 24 syv and Frihedsbrevet

April 2023

Covered parliamentary elections and Finland’s entry into NATO for Jyllands-Posten and Danish national television (TV2).

December 2022 - March 2023

Traveled in Türkiye as a prelude to the presidential elections with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. I wrote a series of articles on press freedom, migration and the Istanbul Convention. 

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Public lectures
10+ public lectures for students and grown-ups about Poland, Türkiye and the EU.

ALTINGET

Journalist og Debate Editor

The Danish Parliament

August 2020 - June 2022

Debate Editor

As a debate editor, I was responsible for opinion pieces related to Sports and Education. I edited more than 300 opinion pieces and columns and coordinated 12 thematic debates with key actors on different political issues.

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Journalist in Altinget's newsroom

I contributed to the daily news coverage for Altinget's main newssite (altinget.dk). Covered the impeachment case against former minister Inger Støjberg. 

Journalist covering energy and climate politics 

Covered Danish and European climate and environmental politics from the Danish Parliament. Wrote a portrait of department head Lars Frelle and covered the work of the Eldrup Commission.

RÆSON

Journalist

Copenhagen

maj 2019 - juli 2021

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Journalist

I conducted a series of interviews with leading scientists and experts about political agendas such as European security policy and tax evasion.

EDUCATION

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Aarhus

2018 - 2022

Danish School of Media and Journalism

Bachelor of Journalism

  • Completed courses in the EU and Investigative Journalism.

  • Exchange at Carleton University and internship at Altinget.

  • Co-founder of the radio-program World Citizens on Radio Genlüd.

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Carleton University

Exchange

Ottawa, Canada

2019

Exchange semester (30 ECTS) in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, during the 2019 Canadian federal election - which I covered for Ræson.

Classes

  • World Politics

  • Politics of Migration

  • Canadian Political Institutions

  • Studying Canada

  • Study of Canadian Culture

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Rysensteen Gymnasium

High School Diploma

Copenhagen

2014 - 2017

Political Study Programme.

Completed the Global Citizenship Programme focusing on Turkey.

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