Vlad Bourceanu

United Kingdom

Vlad holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Diploma in Law. He is also an accredited civil and commercial mediator. In between 2007 and 2013, Vlad contributed regular classical music and theatre reviews to the Harrow Observer – one of the former main regional newspapers in north-west Greater London, in the United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, Italian and Romanian.

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  1. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union corrected spacing after photo so writing looks the correct size
  2. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union "timpani" instead of "drums" in the antepenultimate paragraph, for accuracy
  3. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union added "the Great Purge" link to Wikipedia source
  4. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union removed the links to sources in the footer, as they are already in the article itself
  5. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union should be READY FOR REVIEW now
  6. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union still editing and adding links - saving for now
  7. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union changed an assertion in the last paragraph to "legend has it", to better reflect controversy on this
  8. Explainer: What’s the benefit of Universal Credit? reverted headline to original
  9. Explainer: What’s the benefit called Universal Credit? made "unemployment benefit" into "unemployment benefits", as there are several different ones
  10. Explainer: What’s the benefit called Universal Credit? more capitalisations
  11. Explainer: What’s the benefit called Universal Credit? minor error corrected
  12. Explainer: What’s the benefit called Universal Credit? one more capitalisation found and edited
  13. Explainer: What’s the benefit called Universal Credit? capitalised Universal Credit throughout - made minor edits and corrections
  14. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction italicised "Independent"
  15. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction put the Independent poll under the right subheading
  16. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction added BMG Research poll from the Independent (with source)
  17. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction very minor spelling correction
  18. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction replaced "but" with "though" in the IDS paragraph
  19. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction added Iain Duncan Smith sources/citations
  20. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction added Iain Duncan Smith's name to the "Latest Developments" last paragraph
  21. Explainer: Universal Credit – story under construction added: "UC can only be applied for online", with source; minor spelling corrections
  22. DAILY NEWS AGENDA: THURSDAY added story suggestion
  23. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union removed comment about "Communist ears" as it was my unsubstantiated opinion only
  24. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union expanded comments about "ambiguity", for greater clarity of the point I tried to make
  25. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union technical correction in the last paragraph (swapping "from" and "of")
  26. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union edited 5th Symphony paragraph
  27. Shostakovich vs Stalin – a glimpse into cultural and artistic life inside the Soviet Union modified the Stalin / Lady Macbeth performance paragraph

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  1. Hi Vlad, thanks for your note. I think the story would benefit from more attribution. Because this is evidence-based journalism, we need to show how we know what we purport to know.

    I’m concerned by wording such as “Shostakovich is said to have thought,” “as some suggested,” and “purported to be.” We need facts. We cannot kniw what someone is thinking. What we *can* know is what someone *said* they were thinking. When we say some “suggested” or “purported,” we have to ask, “Suggested by whom? Purported by whom?”

    I recognize your background in music. However, from the readers’ standpoint, it is not enough to assert that you are an expert at something and therefore we should take your word at what you say. Many journalists are experts in certain areas: the trick is to use that expertise to lead the reader through the evidence. How else are we to sort opinion from fact?

    If you’re willing, I think we should take another shot at this. I can send you specific questions and suggestions by gmail.

    1. Absolutely! Please send all questions and suggestions via gmail. I am only too happy to improve the piece in any way possible – thank you!

  2. Hello, Pete! Thanks for your kind words.

    Can I just ask: which article do you mean? I’ve written a couple already. If you mean the Shostakovich one, that one has already been edited by Jack Barton and will be released, as I understand it, together with the Russian Revolution package, when the time comes. But by all means send me feedback if you want – my email address for my journalism work is vladjournalist(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Vlad, I did give the Shostakovish piece a few edits and we intend to publish this week but we also asked Pete to take a look as he’s a much more experienced editor – plus of course multiple different inputs are key!

      1. Thanks Jack – perfect! I would be delighted to hear from Pete and see what he thinks, of course!

  3. Hello, Vlad! I’m going to help you get your story into WikiTribune.

    It’s a really fascinating piece.

    I’d like to correspond with you on specific questions and show you suggestions (unfortunately, this system doesn’t support edit trace; so I’d like to send you versions in Microsoft Word).

    To communicate outside WikiTribune, could you please message me at peter.s.young (at) gmail?

    Cheers,
    Pete

  4. Hi Vlad – just letting you know I’ve updated your Project . Hope you like! If you update it as you go in that style it should make it easier for people to find culture stories and help out. https://beta.wikitribune.com/project/project-culture/

  5. I’ve been interested in Shostakovich since my daughter played his 10th at a musical festival last summer. And of course the 10th led me to wonder about Shostakovich vs Stalin.

    So thanks!

  6. Hi Vlad,
    I saw your piece about Russian music and you’re right it would be good to get a story about the influence of the October Revolution on culture in Russia and further afield.
    You’re obviously very knowledgeable about this subject, but for an original story it would be great to interview one or two experts about this subject, then fill in the story around their replies. Do you know anyone who could be interviewed on the phone or who might respond to some emailed questions? I would be happy to work with you on this, perhaps we could each get some original comments and combine them into an article?
    Let me know what you’re thinking. Cheers

    1. Hi Jack, I’m so sorry that I haven’t seen your comment until now! I’d love to work with you on this project.

      I believe that someone like Gerard McBurney would be the perfect person to interview. He was my Professor for Soviet Music Studies when I was a student at the Royal Academy of Music, many, many years ago, and is one of the, if not the, world’s leading experts on Soviet Music. I believe he still teaches at the RAM. He really would be by No. 1 choice for an interview on this subject.

      Again, I’m really, really sorry that I haven’t seen your comment up to now. Let me know your thoughts on the above, though, if you’re still interested, of course? Thanks!

      1. Hi Vlad, sorry for my slow reply.
        Gerard McBurney sounds perfect – I would be happy to do the interview if you like or we can put some questions together on these pages and either of us can do it. If you could put us in touch that would be great (though I understand if you think it’s been too long). I saw your piece about Shostakovich v Stalin which looks very interesting as an essay – I’ll take a closer look ASAP!

        1. Hi Jack,

          Contrary to my initial impressions, it seems that Mr McBurney is no longer teaching at the RAM. He seems to hold a post with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra now, so I can contact the CSO later today (when it’s “working hours” in the States!) to see if I can get in touch with him. However, I have also found what seems to be a personal email address of his on a music website, so (since contacting the CSO could take time) it may be best if I try this address first.

          I don’t mind at all who does the interview, of course – I’m equally happy for either of us to do it. However, it may be a good idea for both of us to consult each other on the questions – just so that we’re both happy with it all before we have the actual interview? As to the questions themselves, I think it may be best if I let you take the lead on this one and then perhaps contribute an extra question or two myself, depending on the areas that your own questions cover – would that be ok?

          I also want to confirm that the interview will be via either telephone or email, as has been my understanding up to now – is that correct? If he is indeed based in the US now, those would obviously be our only options, I think.

          My Shostakovich-Stalin piece is a very basic, very general look at that famous incident in Shostakovich’s life that it describes. I hope you like it – I am, however, of course open to all suggestions on it!

        2. Hi Jack,

          I’ve just had a response from Professor McBurney. Do you have an email address or somewhere where I can send you his details in private? Thanks!

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