Curriculum Vitae

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Sonja Katharina Goernitz, M.A.

Bahnhofstraße 40, 25712 Burg (Dithmarschen), Germany

Mobile: +49-163 2544 749

sonja @ sonjakg.com

CV (as a table)

Summary

Education

  • 2001–2002: Master of Arts in International Communication, Macquarie University, Sydney (incl. three courses in the Postgraduate Qualifying Program), Distinction

  • 1997–2001: Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg (incl. two semesters at Macquarie University and one semester of industry experience at IBM Global Services Australia in Sydney), High Distinction


Scholarship and grants

  • 2007+2008: Austrade, Export Market Development Grants

  • 1999–2002: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Scholarship

  • 2001: Macquarie University, Travel Grant

  • 2000: DAAD, Travel Grant (offer received)

  • 1999: Carl Duisberg Society, Travel Grant

  • 1999: Karl-Heinz-Ditze Foundation, Travel Grant


Corporate world, incl. commercial and public media (1992–2013)

  • Around 40 contract roles, mainly as an editorial/PR assistant, incl. 18 positions at the publisher Gruner + Jahr (e.g. "stern") in Hamburg (1994–2003), one position at the broadcaster NDR/ARD ("Tagesschau", "Tagesthemen" and "Wochenspiegel") in Hamburg (1995) and one position at Bertelsmann Music Group in New York (1994)

  • At least 14 editorial internships, e.g. at ARD in Tokyo (2002) and the ABC's "Four Corners" in Sydney (2002)

  • One part-time position as an in-house online editor in Sydney (LexisNexis Pacific, 2011–2013)


Small business, ABN (2004–2019)

  • Research and edit for authors – mainly for Peter FitzSimons

  • Guest speaker at Paracelsus Hospital in Bad Essen (300+ guests)

  • Edited menus, created a 50-page photo book for Burger Fährhaus

  • Produced and promoted my books, e.g. at the Frankfurt Book Fair

  • Produced and promoted my monthly Writers magazine in Australia

  • Wrote articles that appeared in Australian or German print/online media

  • Informed journalists about my books and magazine, who reported about them

  • Attended more than 40 business-related courses/seminars in Sydney

  • Attended more than 20 literature/media events in Australia, Europe and Asia

  • Taught book-publishing courses at Mosman Community College in Sydney

  • Maintain data on my website and in social media (Twitter, Facebook)


Membership and volunteering

  • 2018: Board Member of Bündnis Grundeinkommen, Germany

  • 2012: Committee Member of the Society of Women Writers NSW

  • 2011–2012: Board Member of the Foreign Correspondents' Association

  • 2010–2011: Committee Member of the Society of Editors NSW


Visas and migration to Australia

  • 2009: Dual Citizen (German and Australian)

  • 2005: Australian Permanent Resident

  • 2003: Australian Temporary Resident

  • 2000–2002: Student Visas (Australia)

  • 1998–1999: Working Holiday Visa (Australia)

  • 1994+1995: Work & Travel Visas (USA)


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Bestselling Author Peter FitzSimons:

"Sonja Goernitz, meanwhile is a dual German-Australian citizen, who first started working with me for my book Tobruk in 2005. For this book, it was very useful that she was living back in Germany for most of the time I was writing it, enabling her to go in person to the many archives and libraries to find the material to bring to life the German experience at Villers-Bretonneux. Her ability to locate and then translate long slabs of German regimental histories, her understanding of the language and culture of the time was crucial to turning up fresh material for this account and fine-tuning it to accuracy." (Victory at Villers-Bretonneux, 2016)


"Sonja Goernitz meanwhile is a dual German-Australian citizen, with whom I have worked for one good decade now. Starting with my book Tobruk in 2005. For this book too, not only her research and referencing skills and her familiarity with German history, culture and language were invaluable, but also her record-keeping drive." (Fromelles & Pozières, 2015)


"Sonja Goernitz is a dual German-Australian citizen familiar with the highways and byways of German historical institutions, and she was able to return to her homeland to winkle out gems from the German side of the equation. She was tireless in her efforts, and I thank her." (Gallipoli, 2014)


"Sonja Goernitz also had enormous input into this book, as with all of my last seven books, using her prodigious research skills to turn up treasure after treasure." (Ned Kelly, 2013)


"I met my long-time researcher Sonja Goernitz at the Sydney Writers' Festival seven years ago, and when I found she was German-born I thought I could probably use her talents for, perhaps, a day or two as I researched and wrote Tobruk. She has worked for me on every book since and has been invaluable in terms of general research for Eureka, most particularly on the parts of the story set in New South Wales." (Eureka, 2012)


“I offer my deep appreciation to my long-time researcher Sonja Goernitz, who was a great help across the board.” (Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age, 2011)

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Details

Self-employed (ABN)

  • 2005–2019: Researched and edited for Peter FitzSimons:

    • 2018–2019: Captain Cook: The Story Behind the Man who Mapped the World

    • 2017–2018: The Catalpa Rescue

    • 2016–2017: Burke & Wills

    • 2015–2016: Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

    • 2014–2015: Fromelles & Pozières

    • 2013–2014: Gallipoli

    • 2012–2013: Ned Kelly

    • 2011–2012: Eureka

    • 2010–2011: Batavia

    • 2009–2010: Mawson

    • 2008–2009: A Simpler Time

    • 2007–2008: Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

    • 2006–2007: The Ballad of Les Darcy

    • 2005–2006: Tobruk

  • 2017: Researched family tree of a local lady, Burg

  • 2017: Edited and formatted menus, created a photo book for Burger Fährhaus, Burg

  • 2016: Edited legal text for LexisNexis Australia, Burg

  • 2015: Assessed a woman’s family memoir, Sydney

  • 2014: Edited James Hunter’s memoir; Sydney, Bowen, Hamburg

  • 2014: Edited parts of a woman’s guide about nutrition and exercise, Sydney

  • 2014: Edited parts of Ian Edwards’s biography about his uncle in WWII, Hamburg

  • 2013: Edited an organisation's book about change management, Sydney

  • 2010–2013: Edited, formatted and published Allan Hickey's autobiography (For What It's Worth); Sydney, Wagga Wagga

  • 2013: Consulted an author about publishing her crime novel, Sydney

  • 2011–2012: Edit Paul Bedbrook's biography about his father, Sydney

  • 2012: Assisted two local writers with their book projects, Sydney

  • 2010–2012: Taught Write, Publish & Market Your Own Book at Mosman Community College, Sydney

  • 2012/10: Taught Write, Publish & Market Your Own Book at a writers’ retreat, Sydney (Pittwater)

  • 2012: Chris Maait and I taught photo-book courses together at Mosman Community College, Sydney

  • 2009–2010: Edited June Dally-Watkins’s guidebook about manners (Be The Best You Can Be), Sydney

  • 2009: Researched speakers for interstate discussion panels hosted by Peter Thompson (ANZSOG/ABC), Sydney

  • 2009: Edited Bruce Lyman’s novel about life in Iraq (Flowers of Baghdad), Sydney

  • 2009: Edited the anthology of the Fast Twitch writers' group (Black & White with Colour), Sydney

  • 2009: Edited Nicholas Henning's second novel (The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento), Sydney

  • 2007–2008: Researched, translated, edited and formatted Frank Olivier’s Mutti’s Story; Sydney, Berlin

  • 2008: Edited Nicholas Henning's first novel (Brennan Cooper), Sydney

  • 2008: Formatted a biography for a German writer; Frankfurt/Main, Sydney

  • 2007: Edited David Wiseman’s novel about a man who wins the lotto, Sydney

  • 2007: Hired and supervised a German intern/student for two months, Sydney

  • 2004: Produced the monthly newsletter for Two Men and a Truck, Sydney

  • 2004: Started my small business as a writer and journalist (ABN), Sydney

  • 1997–1998: Developed the first electronic archive for Szene Verlag, Hamburg

  • 1996: Wrote TV previews for Hamburger Morgenpost, Hamburg


Membership

  • 2018–2021: Sozialverband Deutschland

  • 2016–2021: Bündnis Grundeinkommen, Germany

  • 2016–2021: Dithmarscher Betreuungsverein, Meldorf

  • 2001–2021: Foreign Correspondents' Association, Sydney

  • 2002–2014: NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

  • 2004–2014: Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

  • 2005–2014: Copyright Agency Limited, Sydney

  • 2012–2013: Australian Fellowship of Writers, Sydney

  • 2011–2013: Society of Women Writers NSW, Sydney

  • 2008–2012: Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

  • 2011: Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers, Sydney

  • 2011: Northern Rivers Writers' Centre, Byron Bay

  • 2004–2005: Australian Publishers Association, Sydney


Volunteering

  • 2016–2021: Legal Guardian for my Father, Burg (Dithmarschen)

  • 2016–2020: Coordinator of the Colouring-in Group, DRK retirement home, Burg

  • 2017–2018: Secretary of the Advisory Board of the DRK retirement home, Burg

  • 2018: Interim Federal Board Member (for Meck-Pomm), BGE, Germany

  • 2016–2017: Assistant for the Singing Group, DRK Haus Sonnenschein, Burg

  • 2010–2013: Social Coordinator, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

  • 2012: Committee Member, LexisNexis Cares (The Big Issue), Sydney

  • 2012: Committee Member, Society of Women Writers NSW, Sydney

  • 2011–2012: Board Member, Foreign Correspondents' Association, Sydney

  • 2010–2011: Committee Member, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

  • 2004–2006: Team Leader, FES Scholars in Australia, Sydney

  • 2002: Team Leader, National Elections (Postal Votes), City of Hamburg, Hamburg

  • 2001: Communications-Unit Assistant, UNICEF Australia, Sydney

  • 2000: IT-Helpdesk, IBM, Intl. Broadcast Centre at Olympics, Sydney

  • 1999: Archives Assistant, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney

  • 1998–2000, Examination-Board Member, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg

  • 1998–2000: PR-Team Member for Book Fairs, University of Applied Sciences; Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig


Corporate world (2003–2013, Australia)

  • 2011–2013: LexisNexis, eBook Editor (part-time, 7.4.2011 – 15.1.2013), Sydney

  • 2009: IMC, Event Manager (13.7. – 9.10.2009); Sydney, Melbourne and Henty

  • 2005: ABC, Information Coordinator (29.8. – 23.11.2005), Sydney

  • 2005: IPCA, Project Manager (18.1. – 15.6.2005); Sydney, Adelaide

  • 2004: Harlequin Mills & Boon, Event Manager (9.9. – 24.9.2004), Sydney

  • 2004: Argus Solutions, Receptionist (5.7. – 20.8.2004), Sydney

  • 2004: NSW Writers Centre, Course Coordinator (17.2. – 20.3.2004), Sydney

  • 2004: Canon, Sales Administrator (5.1. – 13.2.2004), Sydney


Corporate world (1993–2003, Germany)

  • 2003: Gruner + Jahr, stern (19.2. – 30.4.2003), Editorial Assistant, Hamburg

  • 2002+2003: Gruner + Jahr, News Library (10–23.9.2002, 12–16.5.2003*), Executive Assistant, Hamburg

  • 2002: Gruner + Jahr, Neues Wohnen Inspiration (30.9. – 8.10.2002, 16–29.10.2002, 7–29.11.2002*), Editorial Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1999: Gruner + Jahr, “Start Up” Competition (4–8.1.1999, 15.1.1999), Administrator, Hamburg

  • 1998: Action Press (part-time, 3.11. – 30.12.1998), Editorial Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1998–1999: Szene Hamburg (casual, 27.2.1998 – 22.1.1999), Event Hostess (“Fisch sucht Fahrrad”-Parties), Hamburg

  • 1997: Szene Hamburg (part-time, 1.7. – 12.9.1997), Editorial Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1997: Axel Springer (3.6. – 31.8.1997*, part-time from 2.7.1997), Advertising Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1997: AlsterRadio (casual, 28.4. – 30.8.1997*), Receptionist, Hamburg

  • 1997: Gruner + Jahr (casual, 8–15.4.1997*), Administrator, Hamburg

  • 1997: Gruner + Jahr, Henri Nannen Journalism School (casual, 24.2. – 29.8.1997), Executive Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1996–1997: Gruner + Jahr (16.12.1996 – 10.1.1997*), Executive Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1996: Gruner + Jahr, Henri Nannen Journalism School (26.8. – 29.11.1996*), Information Coordinator, Hamburg

  • 1996: Gruner + Jahr, Hamburger Morgenpost (part-time, 2–25.8.1996*), Executive Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1996: Gruner + Jahr, IPV (9–30.5.1996*), Office Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1995–1996: Gruner + Jahr, Gala (12.12.1995 – 1.3.1996*), Editorial Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1995: NDR/ARD (part-time, 23.2. – 28.5.1995), Editorial Assistant (Tagesschau, Tagesthemen, Wochenspiegel)

  • 1995: Gruner + Jahr, News Library (part-time, 9.3. – 9.6.1995), Executive Assistant, Hamburg

  • 1994: Gruner + Jahr (8.6. – 22.7.1994), Mail Clerk, Hamburg

  • 1993–1994: AlsterRadio (casual, 16.7.1993 – 25.3.1994), Receptionist, Hamburg

* Summarised (at times a few roles in parallel)


Internships and industry experience

  • 2002: ABC, “Four Corners” (4–15.3.2002), Research, Sydney

  • 2002: ARD, German TV Network (28.1. – 15.2.2002), Research, Tokyo

  • 1999: IBM Global Services Australia (19.4. – 24.9.1999), Research, Sydney

  • 1999: Network TEN (8–19.3.1999), TV News/News Library, Melbourne

  • 1995: Philadelphia Weekly, Journalist/Editor (Events Calendar), Philadelphia

  • 1994: BMG, Publicity Department (1.8. – 19.10.1994), Executive PR-Assistant, New York

  • 1994: AlsterRadio (28.3. – 31.5.1994), Journalist (News and Current Affairs), Hamburg

  • 1993: Marie Claire (1.12.1993 – 31.1.1994), Journalist (Interview); Munich, Frankfurt

  • 1993: Bild (8–29.10.1993), Journalist (News and Current Affairs), Hamburg

  • 1993: Bild (1–30.9.1993), Journalist (News and Current Affairs), Berlin

  • 1993: Heimat Echo (22.2. – 2.4.1993), Journalist (Local News), Hamburg

  • 1992: Segeln (29.6. – 21.8.1992), Journalist (Book Review); Hamburg


Courses and seminars

  • 2020:

    • Two webinars about film production (incl. Final Cut Pro X) and one about radio production

  • 2019–20 (WS):

    • Guest student at Hamburg University, Manuscript Cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe

  • 2016:

    • Video Journalism, FES JournalistenAkademie, Hamburg

    • Innovative Tools und Apps, FES JournalistenAkademie, Online

    • Documentary Film-Making, FES JournalistenAkademie, Hamburg

  • 2015:

    • Business Health Check, Better Business Partnership, Sydney

    • Biographiearbeit, Volkshochschule, Brunsbüttel

  • 2014:

    • Life Encounters & Relationships, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

  • 2013:

    • Philosophy of Education, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Communicate Professionally, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Writing the Erotic, NSW Writers' Centre, Sydney

    • Sex, Love & Intimacy, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Screenwriting, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney

    • Life Stories: Typologies, Living Way/Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Creative Writing, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Life Stories: Foundation, Living Way/Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Adaptation, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney

  • 2012:

    • Memoir Writing, Woollahra Library's Local Writers' Word Festival, Sydney

    • US Tax for Aussies, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Teach Creatively, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Classroom Management, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Get Branded, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Social Forms, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Destiny, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • E-Exchange, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Introduction to Anthroposophy, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Human Psychology, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

    • Personal and Professional Development, Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, Sydney

  • 2011:

    • Style Council Conference, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

    • Indexing for Editors, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

    • Writing Family History, NSW Writers' Centre, Sydney

    • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), LexisNexis, Sydney

    • Telling Your Story: Media Skills for the Writer, ASA, Sydney

    • Grammar Essentials, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

    • Editing Intensive II, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

  • 2010:

    • Editing Intensive I, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

    • The Future is Now: eBooks and Bookselling in Australia, Australian Booksellers Association, Sydney

    • Publishing and Editing Children's Picture Books, Society of Editors (NSW), Sydney

    • Funding Applications, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Small Business Management, Mosman Community College, Sydney

    • Professional Editing, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

  • 2009:

    • Business of Writing, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Conversations about Wealth, Sydney

    • Write Right, Manly Warringah Community College, Sydney

  • 2004:

    • Arts Law Seminar for Writers, Australian Society of Authors, Sydney

    • Marketing Yourself as a Freelance Writer, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

    • How You Can Make a Living from Your Travel Articles, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

    • Writing and Selling Feature Articles, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

    • Non-Fiction – Nothing but the Truth, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney

  • 2003:

    • Small Business Management, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

    • Feature Writing, Journalism School Ruhr, Essen

  • 2002:

    • Jerusalem, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

    • Jobs in Politics and Administration, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

    • Graduation and then?, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin

    • Global Change, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

  • 2001–2002:

    • Japanese, Essential 1–3, Technos Language Commerce College, Sydney

  • 2000:

    • Newspaper Production, Journalism School Ruhr, Erfurt

    • Political Reporting, Journalism School Ruhr; Essen, Düsseldorf

    • Politics and Public Relations, Neue Soziale Bewegungen; Siegen, Freudenberg

    • Introduction Seminar, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn

  • 1996:

    • Online Research, Henri Nannen Journalism School, Hamburg

  • 1996–1997:

    • French, Intermediate, Hamburger Volkshochschule, Hamburg

    • Finnish for Beginners, Hamburger Volkshochschule, Hamburg


Events

  • 2019:

    • Diary Slam (Grüner Jäger), Hamburg

  • 2018:

    • Opening night, "Free Lunch Society", Hamburg

    • Diary Slam (Grüner Jäger), Hamburg

    • Extraordinary General Meeting, BGE, Hanover

  • 2017:

    • BGEOpen, Göttingen

    • Travel Convention, Hamburg

  • 2015:

    • Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt/Main

    • HarbourFront Literaturfestival, Hamburg

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Media event (FCA), Vivid, Sydney

  • 2014:

    • HarbourFront Literaturfestival, Hamburg

    • Altonale, Hamburg

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Writers' Week, Adelaide

  • 2013:

    • Literary lunch of the Society of Women Writers NSW, Sydney

    • Foreign Correspondents' Association's Christmas party, Sydney

    • Creative Non-fiction Festival, NSW Writers' Centre, Sydney

    • National Writers' Congress, Sydney

    • HarbourFront Literaturfestival, Hamburg

    • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

  • 2012:

    • Media trip (FCA), Canberra

    • Luncheon of the Society of Women Writers NSW (Speaker), Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Internet Show Melbourne, Melbourne

  • 2011:

    • Kevin Rudd's address to the National Press Club (FCA), Canberra

    • Newcastle Young Writers' Festival, Newcastle

    • Byron Bay Writers' Festival, Byron Bay

    • Sydney Film Festival, Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Williamstown Writers' Festival, Melbourne

  • 2010:

    • Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane

    • Peter FitzSimons’s book event at Stanton Library, Sydney

    • Launch of Peter FitzSimons's A Simpler Time, Peats Ridge

    • Sydney Writers' Festival; Sydney, Parramatta

  • 2009:

    • Kevin Rudd's launch of Peter FitzSimons's Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men, Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

  • 2008:

    • Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt/Main

    • Media trip (FCA), Zerorisk training, Hunter Valley

    • Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Writers' Week, Adelaide

    • Media trip (FCA), Christchurch and Canterbury region, New Zealand

  • 2007:

    • Australian Authors' and Publishers' Book Show (17–18.11.2007), Sydney

    • Media trip (FCA), Cape York

    • Manly Writers’ Festival, Sydney

    • Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane

    • Launch of Peter FitzSimons's The Ballad of Les Darcy, East Maitland

    • Beijing International Book Fair, Beijing

    • Writing for Children & Young Adults Festival, Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Writers at Stanton (Speaker), Sydney

  • 2006:

    • Launch of Frank Olivier's biography of his mother (Speaker), Sydney

    • Australian Authors' and Publishers' Book Show (Speaker), Sydney

    • Investment Conference, Sydney

    • History Writing Festival, Sydney

    • Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane

    • Peter FitzSimons’s literary lunch, Sydney

    • Byron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay

    • Kim Beazley's launch of Peter FitzSimons’s Tobruk, Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Writers' Week, Adelaide

  • 2005:

    • Australian Authors' and Publishers' Bookshow, Sydney

    • History Writing Festival, Sydney

    • WordStorm/NT Writers’ Festival, Darwin

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

    • Romance Writing Festival, Sydney

    • Conflux 2 (Speaker), Canberra

    • MEAA Freelance Convention, Sydney

    • Speculative Fiction Festival, Sydney

    • Australian Publishers Association, AGM, Sydney

    • Perth Writers' Week, Perth

    • Media trip (FCA), Canberra

  • 2004:

    • Australian Publishers & Authors Bookshow, Sydney

    • Canberra Readers & Writers Festival, Canberra

    • History Writing Festival, Sydney

    • Brisbane Writers' Festival, Brisbane

    • Melbourne Writers' Festival, Melbourne

    • Media trip (FCA), 2nd Great Walk, Airlie Beach

    • Popular Readers & Writers Festival, Sydney

    • Media trip (FCA), 1st Great Walk, Fraser Island

    • Sydney Writers' Festival; Sydney, Katoomba

    • Speculative Fiction Festival, NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney

  • 2002:

    • Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt

    • FES meeting, Brisbane

    • FCA trip, "Budget Lockup", Canberra

    • Cebit, Sydney

    • Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney

  • 2001:

    • FES Meeting, Brisbane

  • 1996+1997:

    • Travel Convention, Hamburg

Education

2001–2002: MA in International Communication, Macquarie University, Sydney (Distinction)

  • 2002: Research Semester, Dissertation: “Media Competition and Cooperation in Australia, Germany and Japan” (Submitted/no mark)

  • 2002: Writing for the Media I, Print (Credit)

  • 2001: Writing for the Media II, Broadcast (Distinction)

  • 2001: Popular Culture Projects (High Distinction)

  • 2001: Intercultural Communication (Credit)

  • 2001 (Postgraduate Qualifying Program): Information Campaigns (Distinction)

  • 2001 (Postgraduate Qualifying Program): Communication Research Methods (Distinction)

  • 2001 (Postgraduate Qualifying Program): Communication and Society, Economics and Politics (Distinction)


1997–2001: BA in Librarianship, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg (High Distinction)

  • 2001: Final Exams: Editorial Practise, Information Management and Information Service (High Distinction)

  • 2001: Dissertation: “Evaluation and Improvement of the IBM Info System at the Sydney Olympics” (High Distinction)

  • 2001 (Study Abroad): Commendation for an Outstanding Group Presentation (28.10.2001)

  • 2001 (Study Abroad): Certificate of Merit for the Participation (Photography) in the Macquarie University Centre for International Communication 10-Year-Anniversary Function (30.8.2001)

  • 2000 (Study Abroad): News & Current Affairs (Distinction)

  • 2000 (Study Abroad): Microeconomic Principles (Distinction)

  • 2000 (Study Abroad): Media & the Asia Pacific (Distinction)

  • 2000 (Study Abroad): Culture & Technology (Distinction)

  • 1999: Intermediate Dissertation: “DIN1463 and beyond” (High Distinction)


1992–1997: Philosophy, Hamburg University (Orientation)

1992: High School Certificate (Abitur, 2.6.1992), Carl-von-Ossietzky High School (Distinction)

  • German, Arts, Philosophy and Maths

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