Foaia Românească, the traditional magazine of Romanians in Hungary, has been published since 1951. The magazine, which at first appeared monthly, has been appearing weekly since 1978. The magazine is alive, strongly connected to the life of the community, with traditional subscribers, and the online version (www.foaia.hu) is read monthly by 10–11 thousand readers. Foaia Românească was established and is published today by the Cultural Union of Romanians in Hungary, the main civil organization of the Romanians from here and which is a union of the local Romanian associations.
The first issue of Foaia Românească appeared in Gyula – or Jula, as the Romanian locals call it – on January 15, 1951, under the patronage of the Cultural Union of Romanians in Hungary, who, since then, transmitted a mobilization message showing that, once the publication was established, “a new era begins in the lives of Romanians in Hungary”, the newspaper advocating “unity, understanding, brotherhood between Hungarians, Slovaks and Romanians”. The editorial office was in the chancellery of the Romanian High School in Gyula, and the first journalists were the teachers.
Eva Iova-Shimon, chief editor of Foaia Românească, says:” At the beginning, the Sheet was the only Romanian publication in Hungary, born out of a need of our community, because the Romanians who remained here after the Trianon did not have their own magazine. . But most likely, it was also an impetus from the Romanian state “, explains the chief editor Eva Iova-Shimon. Born in Micherechi, a Romanian village in Hungary, Eva was a Romanian and Hungarian teacher, but, being passionate about the press, she re-profiled, and, after working for a few years at the Romanian radio station in Szeged, since 2000 she has been successfully running Foaia Românească.