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: @
Dominik Wurnig is a visual journalist from Vienna. Even as a child, he wanted to be on TV – originally as a football commentator. After a stopover in reality television, he worked primarily as a data journalist for ZiB2, ORF’s late-night news show. Working in partnership with MIZ Babelsberg and ZDF, he also created www.lobbyradar.de. Spurred by his journalism studies in New York City, he today works for Yallah Deutschland and Krautreporter in Berlin. Twitter: @
David Groß is a cook, filmmaker and „artivist“. Originating from Salzburg, he was engaged in experimental TV productions, documentaries and art projects after his graduation in „Quality journalism“ in 2003. Wasting food was the topic he focused on from 2013 for a documentary series called „Wastecooking“, which aired first online, lateron on ORF and arte. Anti-consumption actions came along with the TV production, for instance, waste cooking in front of the Austrian parliament. 2015 he initiated refugee TV.
Barbara Eppensteiner has been the programme director of the participative TV channel Okto since 2005. She studied cultural sciences and mass media communication and was the director of wienXtra’s media centre. She curates junior programmes for the film festival Diagonale and is a member of the youth media commission and panel member of film festivals and competitions.
Senad Hergić has been the programme coordinator of the participative TV channel Okto since 2006. Prior to that, he was a tutor of media pedagogy projects at Interface, a project of Vienna’s Integration Fund. In 1992, he made his first experiences as a radio journalist in the occupied city of Sarajevo. Later he fled to Austria where he graduated in Advanced Studies at the European Journalism Academy.
Simon Kravagna is the founder and editor-in-chief of biber magazine. He studied political science with a minor in law and political economics at the universities of Vienna and Los Angeles (title of his dissertation: „Black dealers – white authorities. Selective prosecution of black dealers in Vienna“). As a journalist, he worked at the weekly Format and the daily Kurier. Additionally, he developed a medium for „new Austrians and their friends“: biber.
Sobhi Aksh is a Syrian newcomer journalist and filmmaker from Aleppo. He has been an intern at biber magazine. In Austria, he wants to study film directing here and hopes to make his dream come true: „Everyone has a chance, everything is possible.“T witter: @
Alexandra Stanic is a journalist and blogger. She has been leading biber’s training programme since September 2015 and is responsible for the city magazine’s website. Twitter: @
Ebru Taşdemir, a freelancing journalist, studied Communication Science and Turkology at Freie Universität Berlin. She is founder of “Hate Poetry”, an anti-racist poetry slam. Currently, she is part of “Neue Deutsche Medienmacher” (“German newcomer journalists”). There, together with her colleague Rebecca Roth, she coordinates a trainee programme for young journalists who came or fled to Germany. Twitter: @
Mohammad Keivandarian has been in Vienna since fall 2015. Originally from Iran, he studied at the University of Isfahan. He holds several certificates of different Iranian film festivals. Among other things, he was responsible for the audio and radio center of Soureh University and worked as an expert for the office of art and culture of the University of Teheran. He currently works on his new documentary “No Paradise”.
Yilmaz Gülüm is a political editor at the Austrian weekly „News“. He studied communication science, international development and political science. Besides, he is a lecturerer at the University of Vienna where he also heads the watchblog Kobuk. Twitter: @