On assignment

Being a journalist is best done on the ground – meeting people, sinking into new surroundings and getting to understand the story. Here’s a few places that my work has taken me …

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Melbourne, Australia, 2017

In my first assignment for dpa, the German Press Agency, I covered the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. It was exciting to be trackside for the first time but it was plenty of work too: 21 articles in 4 days!

 

 

 

Algarve, Portugal, 2015Leslie_Algarve

I covered the German national football team’s trip to the Algarve in Portugal – handling social media, web videos and online features. Germany was there to play Gibraltar and ended up crushing them 7-0. But the Gibraltar fans still had fun.

 

 

 

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Cologne, Germany, 2015

Meeting US fans ahead of their team’s match against Germany at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne. Seems like their prediction of the scoreline was correct.

 

 

 

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Clonakilty, Ireland, 2012

As part of the DW project, Plan B, I visited Ireland with my friend and colleague Michael Hartlep to cover a number of stories. It was a rainy and low-light experience, but it helped me hone my video journalism skills and practise my Irish accent.

 

 

 

Usain Bolt and andre

Berlin, Germany, 2009

Yep, I was there the night that Usain Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds. It’s a night I won’t easily forget. Together with my colleagues Rolf-Guenther Schulze and Jason Murtagh, DW was one of the first teams to interview Bolt after his record. The journalists – myself included – went just as crazy as the fans.

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