Text Editorial Team

For the third time  in a row, the text editorial team started this 2022 project edition. Under the new editors-in-chief, Maryline Boudot and Louise Schöneshöfer, five students from Freiburg and Mulhouse have been accompanied and coached on their path of writing a journalistic text. For this purpose, the text editors met in Freiburg for two whole weekends in November and a Saturday in December. They first got to know the basics of journalism, worked out ideas for topics and did their best to put them into practice.

The aim was to write texts in which current social phenomena are questioned in a critical way and in which people affected are given the floor to be heard as a voice against racism and populism.

Depending on the field of interest of the participants, five very different texts were produced: Among others, they deal with representation of BPoC in films, women in right-wing populism and the reappraisal of massacres of France’s Senegalese auxiliaries in the First and Second World War. A student looked at the current anti-discrimination work in Freiburg and asked: is it enough? And what is it with racism within the police?

For most of the participants it was the first time they had written a journalistic text. With their joy of writing and great motivation, they succeeded in writing exciting articles.

Maryline Boudot

Maryline grew up between two cultures – German and French. Bilingualism was so important to her that she did her bachelor’s degree in FrankoMedia and her master’s in french-german journalism. In her journalism work, she mainly deals with feminist and socio-critical topics. Now she is starting as social media editor at Perspective Daily.

Louise Schöneshöfer

Louise was born in Paris and grew up bilingual in Germany. She studied sports journalism in Cologne and did her master’s in journalism in Freiburg and Strasbourg. Now she often crosses the border to work as a video journalist in France and in SWR Studio Freiburg. She is particularly interested in social issues.

The editorial team of 2021

Six weeks of intense work have come to an end and now they are finally here: 13 texts, in German and in French, on a wide range of topics written by the 13 participants of the text editorial team. During the whole time, the work of the text editorial team was very successful and always marked by productive and interesting discussions and exchanges.

As editors-in-chief of the text editorial team, we do not only seek to teach the participants the basics of journalistic writing. We also want to raise awareness for the question how to deal with racism and populism in journalistic work. During our one-day workshop at the end of October 2021 in Freiburg, the participants got to know different types of journalistic texts such as reports, commentaries, critiques, or interviews and learn what distinguishes them from one another. We talked a lot about the conscious use of language – also and especially – in writing. The topic of non-discriminatory language was particularly important. A valuable help was the glossary provided by the New German Media Makers with its formulation aids for journalists.

At the end of November, the second “offline” text editing workshop took place in Freiburg. We invited a guest speaker: Philine Sauvageot, editor and presenter at SWR2 and Deutschlandfunk. She talked about her journalistic profession, explained how the world of journalism works and how journalism deals with topics such as racism and populism. The topic of journalistic objectivity and the ways in which journalist can also be activists was also brought up. Philine Sauvageot discussed topics such as gender, feminism and the so-called canel culture, which are often instrumentalised by populists in the media.

Julika Kott
Julika Kott

Julika grew up binationally in Paris. She studied Sociology in Hamburg and Journalism in Freiburg and Strasbourg. She enjoys doing radio and podcasts and writes occasionally for the taz. Feminism is one of her favourite topics.

Undine Weimar
Undine Weimar

Undine studied Social and Cultural Anthropology and French Philology. Since 2020, the Berlin native has been studying German-French Journalism in Freiburg and commutes back and forth between Freiburg and Berlin. Undine enjoys writing and works in the cultural editorial department of the taz this winter.

Text editorial team
Christina Braun

Christina studied Intercultural Studies with a focus on Germany and France in Freiburg and Lyon. She gained her first journalistic experiences with the German youth press organisation. By now she writes for netzpolitik.org and other online magazines.

Charlotte Müller
Charlotte Müller

Charlotte studied French Studies in Berlin and Lille. For her master’s degree she went to Freiburg and Strasbourg to study German-French Journalism. Podcasts are her passion. She currently works for the podcast station Detektor.fm in Leipzig. But who knows, maybe she’ll soon be back in France?

The editorial team in 2020

Last year, the editorial team of “Voices against racism and populism” looked different. Six volunteers, two countries, one goal: to stand up against racism and populism with German-French blog contributions.

“Say, what is going on?” – Rudolf Augstein once insisted. The founder of one of the most read German news magazines, Der Spiegel, turned this into a guiding principle for the journalists in the editorial staff. Say what is going on. That sounds so simple, but it’s not always that easy. Especially when you write a journalistic or autobiographical article for the first time. Especially when the topics are so sensitive and at the same time so urgent.

Project and editorial team

In cooperation with the Studierendenwerke Karlsruhe, Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Lyon, the Studierendenwerk Freiburg asked students to submit reports on their experiences and opinions on the topics of racism and populism. As a result, an editorial team was formed, consisting of German and French volunteers from the student unions and universities of the respective locations.

Bilingual editorial work that crosses borders

Of special importance and value to  the editorial work, accompanied and guided by the German youth press project politikorange, was a joint introduction of  the principles of discrimination-sensitive language and racism-critical reporting by the journalist Gilda Sahebi from the Neue Deutsche Medienmacher*innen e.V.

The students and volunteers wrote opinion pieces, reports as well as personal testimonials – independently as well as in groups. The authors of the submitted testimonials were contacted directly by our editors-in-chief and then worked independently on their texts. Some of the testimonials were edited by the seven editors together with the student authors. Other members of the editorial team also decided to write their own, personal texts – in French and German.

In their contributions, the participants talked about their own experiences of racism, about childhood and growing up, resistance, clichés and strong racist stereotypes. Many of the thematically wide-ranging texts are united by their thoughtfulness. They comment on a society that doesn’t always show solidarity – even if there is an obvious need for it, as for example the Covid crisis has shown.

One student focused America and Donald Trump’s politics. This blog also talks about right-wing networks that roam the online world like wolves in sheep’s clothing and about anti-Semitic slogans that are currently articulated at Corona demonstrations. In one interview, the topic of abortion in Ecuador was raised. Another author asked herself what being white means and how someone can talk about racism from this point of view.

The participants wrote about topics that they consider important, topics that touched them. They said what is going on. They asked how it got this far and how it could be. They wrote about what concerns and shapes them. Reading the texts produced in this project is worthwhile, not least to sharpen one’s own perspective on the issues of racism and populism – to understand what is going on.

The work in the bilingual editorial team was accompanied by a huge mutual learning process for all of us in many ways: on a linguistic level, by learning new vocabulary and journalistic expression and on a socio-political and cultural level through new approaches and insights into topics that move and connect us all in one way or another.

Translation Christina Braun

Christina Braun

Christina studies Intercultural German and French Studies in Freiburg and Lyon. She works for the Studierendenwerk Freiburg and coordinated the blog editorial team. She has a passion for diverse and feminist journalism.

Véronique Gantenberg

Véronique grew up German-French. She works as a freelance journalist for the ARD political magazine MONITOR and in the science editorial department Quarks. Her journalistic heart beats for politics, society, Europe and bigger research.

Hannah Bernstein

Hannah studies education and has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Her journalistic experience comes from magazine workshops, internships (Darmstädter Echo and taz) and articles she wrote for various magazines and portals.

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