Journalism Exchange Hamburg Sister Cities by Intajour – International Academy of Journalism
Simone Deckner is a freelance journalist who works regularly for the Hamburg street magazine Hinz&Kunzt and several other German publications. She writes about culture, pop music and social topics, and has worked for a wide range of local and national print and online media, including stern.de, Hamburger Morgenpost, Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) and Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA). Deckner holds an Masters degree in German and English Language Studies as well as Economic and Social Psychology from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. Commenting on her work at Hinz&Kunzt, she says: “I’m interested in shedding light on the people who are often overseen in society: the homeless, the poor, the outsiders."
Alina Halbe is an editor at the Hamburg-based magazines Lonely Planet Traveller and Food and Travel, and also works for lonelyplanet.de and its social media channels. Traveling is part of her job description. “I’ve traveled to Istanbul and Belgium, where I experienced Turkish and Belgian cuisine, discovered restaurants and explored both cultures. Needless to say, this is what I like most about my job”, she says. Halbe also reports on scientific and social topics. Prior to her present job, she completed several internships at publishing companies and at a radio station. Alina Halbe studied German Literary Science, American Studies and Psychology at the University of Passau. She is interested in traveling, literature, the blogosphere, yoga and photography.
Moritz Heitmüller is a trainee editor with Handelskammer Hamburg (the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce), and writes for its magazine Hamburger Wirtschaft. “Its primary focus is the economy of the city state of Hamburg. Our reporting covers many different aspects of the economy like international ties, innovations, markets, business formations and many more”, he explains. Heitmüller studied Media and Communication Studies and Political Science at the University of Hamburg. His professional experience is based on several internships at various media companies. He has worked for city magazine Prinz and advertising agency Kolle Rebbe, and completed a three-year training in audiovisual media.
Guan Jian has been a reporter at the daily local newspaper Shanghai Morning Post for five years. He covers topics in the aviation industry and urban development – especially Shanghai’s new district Pudong – and is interested in all new developments concerning the Internet. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hebei University, and a Master‘s degree in Journalism from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. In April 2012, Guan Jian won second prize in the the Shanghai Association of Journalists’s Shanghai News Reports competition. His interests include soccer, snooker and drawing. He explains his motivation for talking part in the program: “I hope to get a better understanding of Germany. In addition, I am pleased to help explain whatever you are interested in concerning China.”
Anna Kosinskaya is the business editor at Paperpaper, a local news website targeting young Russians in St. Petersburg. Prior to that, she worked for the student online newspaper iUni in St. Petersburg and was a freelance journalist for Chief-Time Magazine and Advertising Ideas Magazine. She studied Publishing and Editing as well as Translation at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University from 2007 to 2012. During that time she won the Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarship two years in a row. Anna says about her work: “I write a lot about local heroes — people who somehow stand out from the crowd. I tell the stories of start-ups, local independent businesses, and unusual tales of ordinary people who change city life in St. Petersburg.”
Li Li works as a columnist with the daily newspaper Jiefang Daily (Shanghai Observer) and the news website takung.cn, where he writes features about Shanghai’s urban areas and international affairs. He has journalistic experience in print, broadcast and online journalism. Li Li was a financial correspondent for the Shanghai office of the daily Wen Wei Po, covered international news for people.com.cn, and was an anchor for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Before graduating with a Master‘s degree in International Journalism Studies from the Hong Kong Baptist University, he had earned a Bachelor of Management in Food Logistics at Shanghai Ocean University and minored in German at Shanghai International Studies University.
Ralf Nehmzow is the Public Editor and Readers’ Ambassador at Hamburg’s leading local newspaper, Hamburger Abendblatt. The experienced journalist has worked for several newspapers including Welt am Sonntag, Bild-Zeitung Frankfurt, Berliner Morgenpost, and Springer Auslandsdienst before joining Hamburger Abendblatt. He sits on the Board of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO). Nehmzow blogs about his work at http://leserbotschafter.wordpress.com. He studied law and journalism at the University of Hamburg and is a graduate of the Axel Springer Journalistenschule (now Akademie). He speaks, or is learning to speak, several languages (German, English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Swedish).
Jan Parr is the assistant Managing Editor at Crain's Chicago Business, a market-leading publication covering Chicago-area businesses and Illinois politics. As Features Editor, she is in charge of the weekly business paper‘s lifestyle content. Besides practicing journalism, she teaches magazine editing at the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University in Illinois. Before obtaining her current occupation, she worked for a wide range of media, including Chicago Home+Garden, Chicago Magazine and Forbes Magazine. She studied Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, Journalism at the University of Missouri and has a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Iowa. Jan Parr has won several prizes, most recently the City and Regional Magazine Award in 2006.
Alexandra Salomon is a producer of the daily global affairs program "Worldview" at the public radio station WBEZ in Chicago. She oversees the editorial direction of the program, which covers international news, foreign policy, development, and also focuses on Chicago's international communities. She says: “I consider myself lucky to be able to report on international news every day, because American media mostly focus on local/national issues. But public radio is an exception.” Alexandra Salomon has worked as a foreign correspondent for US print and broadcast media, including The Boston Globe and ABC News. While she was with ABC News, she won an Emmy and Peabody Award for the coverage of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in 2001.
Natalia Smolentceva is a freelance journalist who writes for a local newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times. “St. Petersburg is called ‘the cultural capital’ of Russia and has a very diverse cultural scene. I get to explore different parts of it thanks to my job,” says Natalia Smolentceva, who is passionate about contemporary art and blogs about it on http://blacksquareartblog.blogspot.com. She freelances for Theory and Practice, an online platform, and worked for the Olympic Broadcasting Services in Sochi. Smolentceva studied International Journalism at Saint Petersburg State University. She speaks several languages (Russian, English and Spanish, with basic skills in Dutch) and is well versed in photography, art and modern art history.
Ada von der Decken is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the local online newspaper Eimsbütteler Nachrichten, which covers a variety of topics relating to the Eimsbüttel district of Hamburg. “I'm really passionate about the Eimsbüttler Nachrichten and very happy to see how it is growing,” she says. She also freelances as a TV journalist and teaches journalism. She has worked for several programs broadcast by the public-service Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and has been a correspondent with the Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe (n-ost). Von der Decken studied Political Science and Journalism Studies at the University of Hamburg and spent an exchange semester at the University of St. Petersburg. She speaks German, English, French and Russian.
Patrick Wulf is editor and presenter at RTL Nord, the Northern German regional outlet of Germany’s leading privately-owned TV station RTL. He hosts the station’s morning show “Guten Morgen Deutschland” and also works as an editor and camera operator. Before joining the RTL-Nord editorial team, he held several other positions in the TV industry: He completed an internship at the production company Constantin Entertainment, was an event contractor with Me Myself and Eye Entertainment and worked at the TV studio of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, his alma mater where he studied Communication Studies. He says: “I look forward to getting to know one of our sister cities and maybe experiencing my home town Hamburg in a different way.”