Key Editor-in-Chief Alejandra Piot Pérez-Abadín: “I can give up on sleep”


The Key to Europe is more than just a year­book. It’s AEGEE’s mem­o­ry, a piece of his­to­ry. Being trust­ed with mak­ing the association’s most pres­ti­gious pub­li­ca­tion is a spe­cial hon­our. This year Ale­jan­dra Piot Pérez-Abadín is Edi­tor-in-Chief of the Key to Europe. The Gold­en Times asked the for­mer Pres­i­dent of AEGEE-A Coruña and cur­rent Speak­er of the Net­work Com­mis­sion how she can han­dle sev­er­al such time-con­sum­ing tasks and how the Key will be this year.

GT: Ale­jan­dra, con­grat­u­la­tions on being select­ed as Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Key To Europe 2016–2017! What moti­vat­ed you to apply?
Ale­jan­dra: Thank you so much! Well, I saw the open call and I felt that I had enough moti­va­tion to keep giv­ing my time and efforts to AEGEE and to the Key to Europe, which I real­ly like!

GT: Did you have pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence in the field of jour­nal­ism?
Ale­jan­dra: I am fin­ish­ing my bach­e­lor in audio­vi­su­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and, I had some sub­jects relat­ed to that and I had to do some prac­ti­cal work relat­ed to jour­nal­ism so, yes, we can say that I have.

GT: You are also Net­work Com­mis­sion­er, which is one of the most time-con­sum­ing tasks in AEGEE. How do you han­dle both tasks?
Ale­jan­dra: I always thought and am still think­ing that you can do any­thing you want if you orga­nize your­self well. If you want, you can. Of course the Net­Com con­sumes a lot of my time, but, I am able to man­age both things, because I love every­thing I am doing in AEGEE and I can give up on some sleep to accom­plish my goals.

The cov­er of the first Key 25 years ago.

GT: Who is in your Key Team?
Ale­jan­dra: Ain­ud­din Faaeq from AEGEE-Mugla, Kari­na Kho from AEGEE-Mosk­va and Mari­na Krivonoso­va from AEGEE-Voronezh as Pho­to Data­base Man­agers. Natalia Kli­menko from AEGEE-Mosk­va as Edi­tor. Lau­ra Pazien­za from AEGEE-A Coruña as Cre­ative Direc­tor. Eri­ka Bet­tin from AEGEE-Verona, Patryc­ja Figars­ka from AEGEE-Warsza­wa, Mar­ta Labanows­ka from AEGEE-Warsza­wa, Mat­teo Lai from AEGEE-Cagliari and Adri­an­na Ziem­niewicz from AEGEE-Warsza­wa as Jour­nal­ists.

GT: Did you select every­one your­self? And did you moti­vate some of them to apply?
Ale­jan­dra: They applied by them­selves. I just moti­vat­ed Lau­ra to apply for it, since she is a new mem­ber of my local. The oth­ers applied by them­selves and I didn’t know them before start­ing to work.

Also Ago­ra Chair and for­mer Edi­tor-in-Chief Eri­ka Bet­tin is in the new Key Team

GT: You made an open call for arti­cles. How many did you get so far?
Ale­jan­dra: We received around ten appli­ca­tions for con­tri­bu­tions. Any mem­ber could ask to write about any­thing they think is remark­able. There are no spe­cial require­ments, the num­ber of pages will depend on the top­ic. The dead­line to have every­thing writ­ten is the 30th of June. Apart from this we select­ed some top­ics and are already con­tact­ing the respec­tive peo­ple.

GT: What’s your vision or struc­ture of this year’s edi­tion? What do you want to high­light?
Ale­jan­dra: I would like to high­light on one hand the cel­e­bra­tion of 20 years of Net­Com, as it also con­tributed to have a new hon­orary mem­ber in our asso­ci­a­tion. Also, the Con­fer­ence in Budapest and the Europe on Track project, as I think it was an amaz­ing work from every­one who was involved. Also, we want to high­light the 30th anniver­sary of the Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Project and the Charle­magne Prize that they received, as well as Faces of Europe.

GT: What do you take as inspi­ra­tion of the pre­vi­ous edi­tions?
Ale­jan­dra: Main­ly the struc­ture and what was includ­ed. I have been in con­tact with the Edi­tors-In-Chief of pre­vi­ous edi­tions, and I also have one in my team, so it is real­ly amaz­ing to see what was done and how – and we try to improve it.

GT: And what will be new or dif­fer­ent?
Ale­jan­dra: Let’s see how we can sur­prise you!

GT: And when will the Key be fin­ished?
Ale­jan­dra: We are work­ing hard to have it fin­ished for Ago­ra Cata­nia!

Down­load pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the Key to Europe here:


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