Elena is a journalist with a work experience of over 15 years and a graduate of the Moldova State University, Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences. She used to work for radio stations Antena C, Pro FM, Radio Free Europe, and the Flux news agency. She was senior editor and host of programs on Publika TV station. Now she is a media manager for the platform www.e-sanatate.md, where she coordinates the work of the news editorial office and of the websites Sanatate INFO, Sanoteca, Sanoclub and Sanatate TV.
Is the executive director of the Independent Journalism Center from Chisinau and member of the Association of Francophone Journalists. Is correspondent for Reporters Without Borders (2003-2005). Worked as deputy Editor-in-chief of TIMPUL weekly (2001-2002), editor-in-chief of FLUX News Agency (2000-2001).
Is the head of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Moldova office. He has taught layout, print and broadcast journalism at the State University of Moldova and at the Free International University of Moldova. Botnaru was listed among the 10 most popular journalists by the Chisinau Press Club for three consecutive years in the mid 90's.
”The SAJ was a challenge, but also a chance to get a new profession”
She studied at the department of Foreign Languages and Literature of the “Alecu Russo” State University in Balti city, but she got to work at an important security institution in Moldova. Today she is part of the Communication and Relations with the Media Department of the Ministry of Defense. She even has a military degree – she is a Major… She started flirting with the media immediately after graduation, when she got the job of translator-editor at an independent media outlet, the DECA-press Agency in Balti city. It was then that she felt the desire to do journalism. She hoped someday to become a successful reporter and to study in this field.
”I’m proud of my first job and I like what I’m doing”
She was fascinated by history, politics and economy, so right from her childhood she was dreaming of a successful career in these areas. She knew she needed quality education to be the best in her profession, and she chose to study abroad. In 2013 she entered the University of Exeter in the UK, where she studied for three years economy, politics, and other sciences.
”I Will Become a Detective, Anyway, Only in Journalism”
She is one of the graduates who were convinced they would never do journalism before they came to the SAJ. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a secret agent or working in a crime laboratory: that desire was inspired by the movies she was watching at that age and by her great passion for chemistry and biology. Not all dreams, however, come true; after she passed her bachelor degree examinations, she applied to the Faculty of International Relations and Political and Administrative Sciences at Moldova State University.