Caroline is the co-founder of The Shift.
She was the former News Editor of The Times and The Sunday Times of Malta. She has over 20 years of experience in the field, notably exposing the Gaffarena scandal in 2015, which led to the resignation of then Parliamentary Secretary Michael Falzon.
In 2016, she resigned to join the Opposition’s campaign against corruption following the release of the Panama Papers, where Malta was the only EU Member State to have a Minister and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff exposed in the leak.
Her work has received a number of awards over the years, including the Pimentel Fonseca 2018 (Italy) journalism prize. Previously, she was awarded Best News Journalist and Best Environmental Journalist (2015), to top awards received from the European Commission on work against discrimination. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology (Malta), a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications (UK) and a professional diploma in Journalism.
Following short stints working in research and banking, Jurgen Balzan started off his career in journalism with MaltaToday in 2011, specialising in political analysis, foreign affairs, migration and parliamentary affairs.
He was editor of MaltaToday Midweek between 2015 and 2017. In 2013, Jurgen was among the first to interview survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck in which some 400 people lost their lives while attempting to reach Europe. In his reportage, Balzan revealed that the boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers was shot at by Libyan militias before capsizing.
In 2015, Balzan’s reporting on gifts received by former Health Minister Joe Cassar led to the latter’s resignation from Parliament.
Jurgen was formerly a political activist and candidate in Alternattiva Demokratika. He was Campaign Manager during the 2014 European Parliament election. He was the co-founder of the Green Party’s youth section and also an activist with Moviment Graffitti.