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Brussels-based communications specialist, originally from Barcelona with a journalistic background. Currently working as Communications Adviser (social media, content editor & press) for a European political party. Piqs mostly about European and EU politics and the interlink between media and politics.
Melissa Hutsell is an award-winning freelance journalist with a deep rooted passion for both community and international journalism. She was born and raised in Northern California, and has lived, studied, worked, and traveled in more 20 different countries. Melissa holds a Masters degree in Global Journalism from City University London, as well as degrees in Journalism and Globalization from Humboldt State University. Though she covers various topics as both a writer and editor, she specializes in business and cannabis journalism.
Mo is a born-and-bred Capetonian who has spent much of his adult life in England, Holland and Germany. He has had the privilege of holding senior marketing and strategy roles in the financial services and consulting industry. Most recently, he looked after the global account of a premium German auto manufacturer at a multinational ad agency.
Freelance journalist based in Istanbul. Keeping an eye on Turkish politics and development.
Andrea is a writer and researcher based out of Chicago. Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in environmental science from The Ohio State University and a Master's in Environmental Planning and Management at National Taiwan University, where she specialized in climate adaptation and urbanization. She writes for TaiwaneseAmerican.org, and sends out a biweekly newsletter which includes articles on politics, environment, identity, and intersections of race, class, and gender (http://eepurl.com/bPv-F5).
Emran Feroz is an Afghan-Austrian journalist currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is regularly writing from Afghanistan, often focusing on the Middle East, Central Asia, drone warfare, refugee policies and human rights. Emran is writing in both German and English. His work has already appeared in international media outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Intercept, Alternet, The Atlantic or the New York Times and in various German and Austrian news papers and magazines.
I am an anthropologist and political analyst interested in politics, economy and society in Africa and the West, from a global geopolitical perspective. I am a research fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, and a visiting researcher in the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.
I have published widely in academic and professional publications and write regularly for international media such as Al Jazeera English, The Independent, Boston Review, openDemocracy and Africa Is A Country. I edit the Human Economy Blog.
Cristina is a Spanish journalist based in London, she holds master’s degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation at City University London and Aarhus University (Denmark). She currently works at the International Maritime Organization and collaborates with various publications such as El País, Huffington Post, Equal Times, eldiario.es, etc. You can follow her on Twitter: @belda_font
Pamela works as a Press & Communications Manager for an international NGO (IWGIA) defending indigenous peoples' rights. She holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism, Media & Globalisation from Hamburg and Aarhus University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. She will be putting the eye on international media coverage of indigenous communities and their demands.
Founder of Blogger-App Blogbox and Content-Marketing-Tool Content Captain.
Marketing for piqd.
Fan of piqd.
Passionate about solutions that empower citizens in their fight for energy democracy. She will be curating an online discussion about the current energy transition, covering news on smart grid developments, new legal solutions supportive of citizen-owned renewable energy and much more.
since 2008 in the trench of revolutionizing journalism
co-founder & CEO of piqd
co-founder of torial.com
CEO of August Schwingenstein Stiftung
Rosebell is a multimedia communications specialist, journalist and award-winning blogger with experience in gender, peace and conflict. Currently works on public interest litigation for gender justice with focus on Latin America -Africa learning. Rosebell holds a Masters in media, peace and conflict studies from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Elena is a journalist and communication specialist based in Como, Italy. She's regularly writing for local La Provincia and national La Stampa, focusing on energy, sustainability, and climate. She's a fixer for BBC Scotland in Italy, covering political, social and cultural issues. She holds a MA in Journalism and Media within Globalisation from Aarhus and Hamburg University.
MSc. in pure Mathematics at Exeter University, UK
PhD in Philosophy at Tübingen University, Germany
Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, NJ, USA
Co-owner of a Fund Management firm in Munich, Germany
Wrote two books on finanace and economics
Currently working on a book on mathematics in the early 20th century
Ciku Kimeria is a Kenyan author "Of goats and poisoned oranges" - (https://www.amazon.com/goats-poisoned-oranges-Ciku-Kimeria-ebook/dp/B00HBBWPI6), development consultant, adventurer and travel blogger (www.thekenyanexplorer.com). She writes both fiction and non-fiction focusing on African stories that need telling. She has worked on diverse pieces for various international and local publications including Quartz, Ozy, The East African etc. She has travelled to 45 countries – 16 of them in Africa. 153 countries to go and 63 territories!
"Of goats and poisoned oranges" has been extremely well received in Kenya and beyond. It tells the story of a Kenyan middle aged power couple and their complicated marriage. The novel explores issues of greed, revenge, betrayal and murder. It runs from the 1960s to 2013. It has been described as “Wicked, funny, poignant, wacky, human, a big ball of fun and danger”, “A unique and captivating book”, “Fun and intriguing”, “Impossible to put down once you start reading.”
She recently moved to Dakar, Senegal from Kenya to work on her second novel. She also works at as the Africa Communication Manager at a leading global strategy consulting firm.
She holds a B.S. in Management Science from MIT with minors in Urban Planning and International development studies.
Sezin Öney, originally from Turkey, is based in Budapest and Istanbul. She her journalism career as a foreign news reporter in 1999 and she turned into political analysis as a columnist since 2007. Her interest in her main academic subject area of populism was sparked almost decade ago; and now she focuses specifically on populist leadership, and populism in Turkey and Hungary. She studied international relations, nationalism, international law, Jewish history, comparative politics and discourse analysis across Europe.
German economist with a sense of humor, not just relative to accountants. Chief economist at the London-based Centre for European Reform (CER), recently brexited to Berlin. Former fellow at The Economist, economics PhD at Stockholm University in Sweden. Christian covers European economics and integration and has, as a former Londoner, a pathological interest in the economics of real estate.
Born in the south of Mexico, she was raised in Zapatista communities to later settle down in San Cristobal de las Casas where she cofounded ''La Casa de las Flores'', an NGO dedicated to educate, feed and care for the marginalized children living on extreme poverty in the streets of her city. After graduating from nurse school she enrolled in Biotechnology studies. Currently she is working on her first novel.
Javier is a Berlin-based multimedia journalist. He completed a MA in International Journalism at City, University of London and is focused on humanitarian and conflict issues.
With experience in several countries, he's covered the refugee crisis, Turkey's coup attempt and the Kurdish conflict.
Among others, his work has been published at ABC News, Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, RBB, IRIN News, El Confidencial, Público or Diario ABC.
Turkish journalist, blogger and media expert. Writes regular columns for The Arab Weekly and contributes to Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais and the Guardian. An European Press Prize Laureate for 'excellence in journalism' in 2014, Baydar was awarded the prestigious 'Journalistenpreis' in Germany by Südosteuropa Foundation in February 2018.
Luis BARRUETO is a journalist from Guatemala, currently working in trade policy at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA). Studied business and finance journalism at Aarhus University in Denmark and City University London.
I'm a freelance journalist, currently based in Madrid. I used to be a News Producer at CNBC in London before, but I thought a little bit more sun might do me good. Now I write for several news organizations, covering a range of topics, from Spanish politics and human rights for Deutsche Welle to climate change for La Marea.
Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University, Canberra. He has worked in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, as well as other universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Daria Sukharchuk is a journalist based in Berlin.Her writing has appeared in Motherboard and ZEIT Online, Ms. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, as well as Afisha (Moscow's leading city magazine). She specializes on the topic of human rights, migration, and mental health. Four days a week, she works for n-ost, a network of journalists writing about Eastern Europe.
She studied Chinese history and culture at Moscow State University, then got her MA from Erasmus Mundus Journalism program. She has never quite forgotten her history education, and in 2016 helped collect and curate the stories for Project 1917. She is always happy to educate people about her "exotic" country.
I was born in 1987 in Bucharest. I studied Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest. For two years I worked in a psychotherapy practice, dealing with gambling addicts. I'm an independent reporter, writing and doing video reportages mostly about social and political issues. I am currently based in Jena.
CEO and co-founder of Malaysia's top independent news website, with a reach of 5 million. Media management, metrics are my current passions. TED Fellow 2010.
Didem Tali is an award-winning journalist covering international development, gender, displacement and environment issues for English-language media around the world.
Erdem Arda Güneş is an Istanbul based political analyst. After graduating from University of Ankara's Political Sciences Faculty, International Relations department he started working as a politics/diplomacy reporter for the daily Hürriyet. He received journalism education at the Berkeley and Minnesota Universities in 2013. He did interviews for various national and international media outlets focusing on diplomacy, politics and arts. Now works as a press advisor and political analyst for an international organization.
I am a scholar of International Relations of the Middle East. My research focuses on Middle East security, political violence and logic of warfare, as well as competition and cooperation between regular and irregular armed groups. I am currently a Lecturer in Middle East Politics and International Relations at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University.
I am a Dutch journalist, writer and photographer and cover topics such as human rights, poverty, migration, environment issues, culture and business. I’m currently based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and frequently travel to other parts of the world. I have also lived in Tunisia, Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai.
My work has been published by Al Jazeera English, BBC, The Atlantic's CityLab, Vice, Deutsche Welle, Middle East Eye, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many Dutch and Belgian publications.
I hold an MA in Arabic Languages and Cultures from Radboud University Nijmegen and a post-Master degree in Journalism from Erasmus University Rotterdam. What I love most about my work is the opportunities I get to ask loads of questions. Email: [email protected]
Danielle Batist is an experienced freelance journalist, founder of Journopreneur and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. She lived and worked all around the globe and covered global and local stories of poverty, exclusion and injustice. Increasingly, she moved beyond ‘problem-reporting’ to include stories about the solutions she found. She witnessed the birth of the new nation of South Sudan and interviewed the Dalai Lama. She reported for Al Jazeera, BBC and the Guardian and regularly advises independent media organisations on innovation and sustainability. She loves bringing stories to the world and finding the appropriate platforms to do so. The transformation of traditional media fascinates rather than scares her. While both the medium and the message are changing, she believes the need for good storytelling remains.
My name is Kait Bolongaro and I am an award-winning journalist. My work has been published by Al-Jazeera English, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, VICE, Deutsche Welle and the Middle East Eye. I’ve covered politics, science, business, human rights and the environment from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Prague-based media development worker from Poland with a journalistic background. Previously worked on digital issues in Brussels. Piqs about digital issues, digital rights, data protection, new trends in journalism and anything else that grabs my attention.
Bangalore-based Rashmi Vasudeva's journalism has appeared in many Indian and international publications over the past decade. A features writer with over nine years of experience heading a health and fitness supplement in a mainstream Indian newspaper, her niche areas include health, wellness, fitness, food and nutrition. Her articles have appeared in various publications including Mint-Wall Street Journal, Deccan Herald (mainstream South Indian newspaper), Smart Life (Health magazine from the Malayala Manorama Group of publications), YourStory.com (India's media technology platform for entrepreneurs), Avantika (a noir arts and theatre magazine), ZDF (a German public broadcasting company) and others. With a Masters in Globalisation and Media Studies from Europe, she has also dabbled in academics, travel writing and socio-cultural studies. Mother to a frisky toddler, she hums 'wheels on the bus' while working and blogs about her life and loves at www.rashmi-vasudeva.com
Nechama Brodie is a South African journalist and researcher. She is the author of four books, including two critically acclaimed urban histories of Johannesburg and Cape Town. She works as the head of training and research at TRI Facts, part of independent fact-checking organisation Africa Check, and is completing a PhD in data methodology and media studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Anim is editor of the continent's first independent fact-checking website and based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and currently a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. Educated at Oxford, Mark's main interests lie in economic history and comparative development. He is currently writing a book (with Noel Johnson) on the origins of religious freedom in western Europe. He has also published papers on state formation in Europe and China, weather shocks and pogroms in the middle ages, and private policing in 19th century England. More details about his research can be found on his webpage. He also blogs at Medium and Notes on Liberty.
German media and technology journalist. Founding editor of piqd. Most of his piqs are digging into the new digital public sphere. How is the web changing public opinion? Who defines what's relevant and what's not? How can we make sure relevant information still finds an audience? How could alternatives to Facebook, Twitter and other commercial social networks look like?
Frederik is director of the media innovation think tank vocer.org. He's teaching "digital journalism" at the Hamburg Media School.
I am the Executive Editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain who specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, I've lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India -- the latter, where I worked for 3.5 years as a staff writer for the national news daily Mint. I've also reported from from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. I've published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times, among others.
My Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. I've also won multiple awards for my feature writing in India and the United States.
I'm a former Pulitzer Grantee, and have had fellowships at the Institute for Current World Affairs and the Wall Street Journal. Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in Berlin, covering art, architecture, urbanism, and emerging technologies. She contributes to publications like Frieze, Artforum, e-flux, die Zeit, the Architectural Review, and Metropolis. Currently she's a contributing editor at Rhizome and publications editor for transmediale festival for arts and digital culture.
Hannes Sjoblad works as Chief Disruption Officer at Epicenter Stockholm where he advises companies and organisations on how to navigate accelerating technological transformation. He is also a bio-hacker and a co-founder of BioNyfiken, the Swedish Association of Bio-hackers where he works to democratize access to powerful biotechnologies.
With an international business background, deep insights in emerging technology fields and an easy-going style of communication, Hannes is a popular speaker and business advisor on tech trends, in particular relating to the impact of technology on our bodies.
I am an Australian freelance journalist focussing on conflicts, politics, and warzones around the world. I have been working as a journalist for over 5 years, having reported from Australia, Germany, China, Egypt, Palestine, and Ukraine. I am especially interested in the way that new technologies are being used in conflict zones in unexpected and often disturbing ways. During my time working as a journalist, I also co-founded open-source war reporting site Conflict News.
Jakub Górnicki. Blogger, reporter, technologist. Combines new technologies and storytelling with journalism, blogging, government accountability and transparency. Founder of Outriders.
BA in Communication Studies and Economics while working in Berlin for piqd
Marcus von Jordan
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1.) A maximum of one recommendation per day and channel
2.) A short description of the linked content
3.) Taking part in discussions with other curators and our members
Apart from having specialist knowledge and a wide consumption of digital media, our curators should also be talented in terms of curating and describing relevant finds as well as be enthusiastic about discussing with our members.
piqd helps users to maintain an overview of different topics as well as gain insight into differing positions of a debate. We would like our curators to support this dynamic.
We want our piqers to be aware of a variety of sources and publications and to focus on positive, successful people and moments, as well as step up for differing opinions; for the other side of the medal, so to say.
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Our editorial team decides, which channels and curators we pick. We also take into account the wishes of our readers. Our curators are completely independent in their work.
piqd is made possible by Konrad Schwingenstein. Konrad is the grandson of August Schwingenstein, co-founder of the Süddeutsche Verlag (a corporate group that was founded as a newspaper publisher and is now one of Germany's largest media companies). The family sold their shares of Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2007. Konrad is also the main investor of the August Schwingenstein foundation which supports continuing education for independent journalists.