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Anja Krieger

Anja Krieger
plastic in the environment
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science communication radio plastics journalism science journalism anthropocene climate fact-checking oceans environment

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Hello There!

Since 2009, I report for radio, online and print media on the environment, science, and technology, as an independent author and producer.

My reports have appeared on German national public radio Deutschlandfunk, in print newspapers like DIE ZEIT and taz, as well as English media such as Nature, PRI The World, Ensia, Vox News, and Climate Home.

I hold a German Diploma in Cultural Sciences from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), and have studied two semesters abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and Berkeley, California.

In 2015-2016, I was one of ten Knight Science Journalism Fellows at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I completed an in-depth program in science writing and environmental sciences through courses at MIT and Harvard University.

If you’d like to read something by me, start with my feature „Can We Untrash Our Oceans“ for Ensia Magazine which was featured in their Best of Year 2017 edition.

Awards I won include the Fraunhofer UMSICHT Science Award for a radio feature on solutions to marine plastic pollution, and the HostwriterPrize, together with the Climate News Mosaic collective. I am a member of RiffReporter, a new ecosystem for freelance journalism, which won the Grimme Online Award.

From April 2017 to April 2018, I was a press officer at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.

Once a month I organize a bi-lingual potluck for the belly and ears with radio producers, journalists, podcasters, and sound artists called Sonic Soiree Berlin, modelled after the Boston Soiree.

I also work as a recordist and do tape-syncs in Berlin and Germany for radio shows and podcasts, and foreign correspondents and journalists who seek to do research in Germany can book me as a stringer, fixer and coordinator.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Presseclub für alle, Veranstaltungsreihe der RiffReporter mit der Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

03.02.2019 | In die Zukunft schauen – geht das?

Mit Rainer Kurlemann, Journalist u.a für Bild der Wissenschaft und Mitgründer von „Zukunftsreporter“,
Moderation: Anja Krieger, freie Journalistin u.a. für den Deutschlandfunk und Gründerin von „Plastisphere“.

02.12.2018 | Der Klimajournalismusgipfel

Mit Christopher Schrader, RiffReporter, Mitarbeiter von Süddeutsche Zeitung und Spiegel Online sowie Gründer des Projekts „KlimaSocial“ zur Frage, wie aus Wissen Handeln wird.
Moderation: Anja Krieger, RiffReporterin, schreibt als freie Journalistin u.a. für den Deutschlandfunk über Umweltthemen

This talk is in: German

Röhre gegen Meeresmüll: Gespräch in Forschung aktuell

Den Pazifik vom Plastikmüll befreien: Der Niederländer Boyan Slat und sein Team vom „Ocean-Cleanup“-Projekt haben ein ehrgeiziges Ziel. Der von ihnen konstruierte Müllerfänger wurde nun erstmals zu Wasser gelassen. Doch was kann das Gerät wirklich gegen riesige Müllwirbel ausrichten?
Kollegengespräch mit Arndt Reuning im Deutschlandfunk vom 11.6.2018.

This talk is in: German

Beiträge für den Deutschlandfunk und andere Medien

Im Audio-Archiv der Deutschlandradios und auf Google News gibt es Beiträge und Features von mir zum Nachlesen und -hören.

This talk is in: German

Fact-checking science (stories)

EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)
July 11, 2018
Toulouse, France

We live in a period sometimes referred to as a post-truth or post-truth era. And at a time when the general public increasingly expresses doubts about scientific findings, its important both for scientists and science journalists to put a premium on accuracy and integrity of information. Journalists, long criticized on the issue of accuracy, have begun to address this problem by adding a professional level of fact-checking to their work. Although this approach was first tried in political reporting, with organizations like Politifact, similar systems such as Canadas Détecteur de Rumeurs, based in the Quebec province, are now in place. Popular science publications have begun adding full-time fact-checkers to their staffs and one of the leading guides to fact-checking, published last year by the University of Chicago, was written by a science journalist. But all of this raises questions for both journalists and scientists. Is fact-checking catching enough errors? How many facts should be checked in a story and to what depth? What happens if a factchecker questions a scientist quoted in a story or finds problems with a publication? Does story get lost in an over-emphasis on fine details and do important stories fail to get told? And is this a process that will help restore faith in both in the institutions of science and science journalism? The panel will explore these questions and offer insights and practical tips into how fact-checking is transforming the way we tell stories of science.

Submitted by Deborah BLUM - Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
Speakers : Brooke BOREL - Freelance, Anja KRIEGER - Freelance Science Journalist, Jane ROBERTS - Undark Magazine, MIT, Thomas ZELLER - Undark Magazine, Tom ZELLER - Undark magazine, MIT, Maximilian SCHÄFER - DER SPIEGEL

This talk is in: English

Moderation: Radio and Audio Strategies for External Cultural Relations

ifa-Edition Culture and Foreign Policy
October 24–25, 2013
Berlin, Germany

Panel 2 - "Education"

How can education programmes be presented in an inspiring and interactive way and be adapted to the local needs of various cultural and social constituencies? The panel will discuss a radio drama series and an interactive language course, both of which are being produced for a wide range of languages and regions in Afghanistan, Africa and the Arab World.

- Vincent Guiltat, RFI: Interactive Language Courses (Africa/Arab World)
- Maja Braun/Florian Weigand, DW: “Learning by Ear” (AFG/Africa)
- Moderator: Anja Krieger

Panel 3 - “Independent Voices”

How can international broadcasters help alternative voices to be heard in countries with restricted media? Which radio/audio strategies address and involve young listeners? Why does “Pop” not always go hand-in-hand with Western values, and why can it be transformed into crude propaganda?

- Fred Petrossian: “Radio Farda” (IRN/CZE/USA)
- Matthias von Hein: “The - Chinese Service of Deutsche Welle” (DEU/CHN)
- Milo Rau: “Hate Radio” (DEU/CHE/RWA)
- Moderator: Anja Krieger

"With moderator Anja Krieger they discussed the subversive potential of audio and considered how, on the other hand, “alternative voices” can turn out to be clever agitators who use popular radio formats as an effective means of propaganda."

Moderator of Panels 1 and 4: Tim Pritlove

This talk is in: English

Vortrag: "Wissensmacher" an der TU Dortmund

Thema: „Wissenschaft zum Hören und Lesen – frei und international“
24. Oktober 2016

Vortrag im Rahmen der Reihe „Wissensmacher“ des Lehrstuhls „Wissenschaftsjournalismus“ an der Technischen Universität Dortmund zur freien journalistischen Arbeit: Ich habe von der Recherche zum Plastikmüll im Meer berichtet, darüber, wie ich als Freie mit Audios und Texten auf mehreren Schienen fahre, und wie man sich international vernetzen und publizieren kann. Im Anschluss gab es eine Diskussion mit den Studierenden.

This talk is in: German

Moderation and Facilitation: Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2012

March 30-April 1, 2012
Berlin, Germany
Co-Moderator: Anna Lena Schiller

This talk is in: English

Moderation and Facilitation: Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2011

May 25-27, 2011
Berlin, Germany
Co-Moderator: Sabria David

This talk is in: English

Podiumsdiskussion: Wikipedia und Kritik

26. September 2010

Vom 24. bis 26. September 2010 fand in Leipzig die Konferenz [[Wikipedia:Ein Kritischer Standpunkt]] statt. Über das Thema „Wikipedia und Kritik“ diskutierten Thomas König, Geert Lovink, Anne Roth und Mathias Schindler in der abschließenden Podiumsdiskussion, die ich moderiert habt. Das CPoV-Blog fasst die Diskussion zusammen.

This talk is in: German

Moderation and Facilitation: Wikimedia Chapters Meeting 2010

April 14-16, 2010
Berlin, Germany
Co-Moderator: Don Dahlmann

This talk is in: English