F1 season opener

These last few days I have been reporting for dpa at the first race of the new Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

What an experience. The glamour, the technology, the extravagance and THE NOISE … it is one heady cocktail.

Each day brings a new story. Today, German driver Pascal Wehrlein has withdrawn from the race, just ahead of the third practice session and qualifying, which won’t help his Sauber team in their preparations. Continue reading

Forget the election… just for a few minutes

Trump_&_ClintonSometimes it’s hard to comprehend the level of hype surrounding this US election. I certainly have never seen anything like it in over 10 years working in journalism.

With just a week to go until it is finally over, now is a good time to remember that there are many other important stories and issues out there in our world, that are just as worthy of our attention as what is on the left. (Photo montage: Copyright CNN)

In the week leading up to November 8, I’ll be posting one story here each day which I reckon is worth a read.

When we all wake up on November 9, countries around the world will have to keep dealing with their own problems – not all of them can be fixed by Ms Clinton or Mr Trump. After all: it’s America making this choice, not all of us. 😉

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Europe: Aussie style

DPA offices SydneyIt’s been a month now since I started my new role as an editor at the Deutsche Presse Agentur (the German Press Agency, dpa). Based in the Sydney suburb of Rhodes, our office is responsible for editing work that comes in from dpa’s correspondents in over 100 countries around the world.

The job involves lots of fact-checking, liaising with correspondents and – most importantly – an eye for detail! The texts we then put on the wire go straight to our customers – local newsrooms all across the world, who then use the information as a basis for their reporting, or publish our stories directly. Continue reading

Shock and awe

One of the many differences that I have noticed between practicing journalism in Australia and in Germany, is that things are a lot tougher Down Under.  Be it in the workplace, or in the media market itself: there is a no-holds-barred attitude to reporting here. Whereas you need to be at the Bild Zeitung before you can really confront the reader in Germany, I feel like it is completely par for the course in Australia.

I’m still not immune to the pain of real tragedy. I was really shocked and saddened by the shooting massacre that happened in the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando. No matter how often these horrible tragedies occur in the USA, the loss of life is chilling. The fear of those innocent people in the Pulse nightclub is terrible to consider.

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