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The Journalists 2009

Marina Ferhatovic   -   Sweden   

Marina Ferhatovic was born in Bosnia in 1981 and arrived in Sweden in 1994 as a war refugee. She studied Journalism in Gothenburg and took part in the International Journalism Program Europe in the World in Aarhus (Denmark) and Utrecht (the Netherlands) from 2006 to 2007. In 2006 Marina became a reporter at Sweden’s second largest daily newspaper, Göteborgs-Posten. She then had a short spell at Metro Gotheburg, before returning to join the online desk at Göteborgs-Posten.

Karsten Kammholz   -   Germany   

Karsten Kammholz was born in New Delhi in 1979. He spent his childhood in the Indian capital and later on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. He then went on to study Journalism and English Language and Literature in Kiel, Leipzig and London. Karsten gathered his early experience as a journalist while working for the publishers Evangelischer Presseverband Nord and Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag, the BILD and WELT newspapers, and the ZDF TV channel. He was also a contributor to the epd news agency. In March 2006 Karsten joined the “Crew 20” at the Axel Springer Journalism Academy and got more on-the-job experience at DIE WELT and the Berliner Morgenpost newspapers, completing his training in December 2007. From October 2007 to December 2008 he joined the editorial staff of Berliner Morgenpost before moving on to the Hamburger Abendblatt in January 2009. Karsten Kammholz is the winner of the Axel Springer Award in 2007.

Nataša Kramberger   -   Slovenia   

Nataša Kramberger was born in Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia, in 1983. She won the Slovenian young authors prize in 2006 and her book Heaven in a blackberry bush, a novel in stories was nominated for the Kresnik Prize as Slovenia’s best novel of the year in 2008. In the same year Nataša won the international short story competition A Sea of Words, which is sponsored by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Nataša also works as a reporter for the Večer Daily newspaper as well as writing weekly reportages for the paper’s 7dn magazine. She even finds time to pen a monthly column in the magazine Kažin and writes a literary diary for another magazine, Mentor.

Bastian Obermayer   -   Germany   

Bastian Obermayer, born in 1977, studied Politics, History and American Studies in Munich where he attended the Germany School of Journalism. From 2005 to the beginning of 2008 he worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to SZ-Magazin, NEON, the weekend edition of Financial Times Germany and the magazine section of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper. In February 2008 was taken on as a full-time staff member at the SZ-Magazin.

Bastian has won a number of awards for his reporting, including “Outstanding Contribution” at the Axel Springer Awards in 2008, the German Journalism Prize in 2008, and the Theodor-Wolff-Preis 2009.

Witold Szablowski   -   Poland   

Witold Szablowski, born 1980, studied Political Science in Warsaw and Istanbul. He worked for two years as a reporter and editor for the news station TVN 24 and since 2006 he has been on the staff of the Gazeta Wyborcza, writing for the paper’s Duzy Format magazine. Witold is a winner of the Polish radio prize Melchior, the Amnesty International Award in 2008 and the European Union’s For Diversity.Against Discrimination prize. He is currently working on a collection of reportages on the new Europe (Tańczące niedźwiedzie) and a book about Turkey.

Bianca Zanini Vasconcellos   -   Denmark   

Bianca Zanini Vasconcellos was born in Copenhagen in 1984. She grew up internationally and speaks five languages fluently. After her studies in Denmark, Brazil and Spain, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural and Linguistic Studies in 2007. Since 2008 she has been studying Journalism at the University of Roskilde in Denmark. Bianca worked as a journalist and presenter on Danish Youth TV and spent a year as co-editor of the Danish Amnesty International magazine. Until January 2009 she has been working as a reporter for the online edition of the Danish newspaper Politiken.

Marianne Baisnée   -   France   

Irina Novakova   -   Bulgaria   

Angela Steen   -   Ireland   

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