Jonas Paintner studies communication sciences at the University of Vienna. He co-initiated the “joinAT” project, connecting journalists and people working in the media – whether they have been refugees or not. Jonas coordinates the joinAT conference. Together with journalists who had to flee he works on research and multimedia projects concerning the topic “Before and after being a refugee: Working in the media.” Twitter: @
Patricia Käfer studied journalism and worked for the Austrian daily Die Presse as an editor in the arts and entertainment department. Since 2010, she has been a project coordinator at Medienhaus Wien, being responsible mainly for the Master’s programme in „International Media Innovation Management“. Currently, she is on sabbatical leave and works as a freelance journalist and project manager. Twitter: @
Fritz Hausjell is vice-director of the Department of Communication Science at the University of Vienna. He habilitated with his dissertation on „Austrian journalism in exile 1933/34-1945“. Furthermore, he is president of the “Austrian Society for Exile Studies” in whose book series on „Exile research today“ a reader on „Trafficking, smuggling, helping. Flight – rescue or exploitation?“ (eds. Gabriele Anderl/Simon Usaty) was published only recently. Twitter: @
Sonja Bettel is a freelancing journalist and chairwoman of Freischreiber Österreich. She works for radio station Österreich 1 and several print media. Together with Daniela Kraus, she initiated the network joinAT in 2015 in order to establish an exchange between Austrian journalists and refugees who fled to Austria and have been working in the media before. Twitter: @
Daniela Kraus is the director of fjum_forum for journalism and media vienna. Prior to that, she gained experience in journalism, consulting, application-oriented research and conception of further education and study programmes. As a founding member and managing partner of Medienhaus Wien she focused on curricular development for media-related programmes, such as „International Media Innovation Management“. Twitter: @
Leo Lettmayr is a Journalism Student at the FH Vienna of the WKW. Coming from the social sciences he is new to the field of journalism. He has joined the conference team, because he believes that the voices of the refugees should be heard. Twitter: @
Ricarda studies in the University of Vienna’s Master’s programme in mass media and communication science. For a research project, she deals with the topic of refugee journalists and their working conditions in Austria. Apart from her studies, she works in a Social Media agency, where she leads the editorial department. Ricarda is 23 years old and lives in Vienna. She is a social media manager for the joinAT conference. Twitter: @
Marlene Kersten, 24, studies communication sciences at the University of Vienna and is a passionate scout. She says: „Only if you know different cultures, you can understand them.“
She is a social media manager for the joinAT conference.
Katharina Ramchen graduated in Arabic studies, Oriental philology, Russian and Central Asian studies. Since then, she has been working in the fields of culture, media and social work. Currently, she studies in the FHW – University of Applied Sciences’ Master’s programme „Journalism & New Media“, in parallel to that she works at fjum_forum for journalism and media. Twitter: @
Jehad Nour Eddin Hussari is a Syrian radio and TV journalist and news presenter from Aleppo. At joinAT he currently occupies himself with a project at the community station Okto. In April he took part in a discussion at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna in which he shared some of his experiences of being a journalist in his home country.
Elisabeth Spiegelberger studies communication science in the Master’s program of Vienna University, where she’s working on the topic of „Refugees and the media“ as part of her research. For joinAT she acts as a social media manager.
Vera Deleja-Hotko studies communication sciences and transcultural communication for the languages Spanish and French. In the last months, she organized beneficial events for the NGOs Amnesty International Austria and Tailoring Togo. To her it is important to think beyond the traditional meaning of culture and to set the focus on the most important common ground, humanity. Twitter: @
Gabriele Scherndl studies communication science at the University of Vienna. As a media enthusiast, she has gained experience in different projects. She likes to write and read about topics like tolerance, sustainability and multimediality. At joinAT, she’s part of the website-team. Twitter: @
Simon Tyrra studies journalism at the University of Vienna and is in charge of joinAT’s website. He has been living in Vienna for two years and is convinced that the dialogue with refugees is more important than ever before. Twitter: @
As a filmmaker and screen writing student, Yassin Hawa worked in a Lebanese production house called Media Yard production. He also was as a freelance editor and radio host. Currently, Yassin works in several media cooperation projects of the JoinAT network and on a time lapse short movie. He looks forward to being a filmmaker and professional editor. Twitter: @
Helena Velaj, 20, studies communication science. At the austrian journalism days she got to know about joinAT and has been a team member ever since. For the upcoming conference, she organizes the panel discussion.
Nawaz Khan graduated in English Language and Literature. He is the author of a book, interested in filmmaking and worked as a senior journalist in Lahore, Pakistan, for the last 25 years.
Farhat Nawaz is an artist (oil and water colour), sculptor (fiberglas, wood), poetess, dress designer, and interior designer and loves photography and making documentary movies. She got her education from National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan.