Mercator-Journalists in Residence

In the context of the discourse project Democracy issues of the digitalized financial sectoreFin & Democracy» ZEVEDI and the Mercator Foundation invite applications from journalists and media professionals.

With their expert knowledge and excellent practical experience, the Mercator-Journalists in Residence act as important instigators for a broader discussion. They help raising awareness for a topic that has so far been underrepresented in public awareness, help connecting the scientific public with media outlets and developing an effective science communication. We sustainably involve them in our work and invite them to contribute their expert knowledge and positions to our network via lectures, discussions or other events.

For a period of four weeks, the Mercator– Journalists in Residence will be given the freedom and opportunity to devote themselves to a research project, a journalistic or even artistic piece that addresses the digital transformation of the financial sector and the social and political issues it is associated with. They will be paid € 3,500.

All journalists and media professionals are cordially invited to apply as Mercator-Journalists in Residence. This applies to classical journalists in the narrower sense as well as to artists in the broader sense.


Anissa Brinkhoff
May / June 2023

Anissa Brinkhof (she/her) has been Mercator-Journalist in Residence in May/June 2023. She is a financial journalist and podcaster who advocates for the topics of female finance and financial education.

In her own podcast “Finance & Feelings”», she analyses feelings about money, how the family background affects how we deal with money, which dependencies and interconnections there are, where injustices persist. She addresses the issue why so many shy away from dealing with money and finance – or feel uncomfortable about it. She also uses her instagram channel» to discuss and explain finance in general and female finance specifically.

During her residency, she is investigating the question of whether women are sufficiently included in the digitalisation of finance. And whether the digital gap might exacerbate the existing gender gap in finance or in financial education.

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Rainer Lind

Video Artist

Individual Perspectives on the Digitalized Finance Sector – Video Portraits

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Martin Karcher

Graphic Novelist & Illustrator

Digital Payment – Utopia or Dystopia?:
A Graphic Novel for Young Adults

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Friedemann Brenneis

Freelance Journalist, Blogger & Podcast Host

Bitcoin – trigger for a new form of civic, political, and democratic engagement?

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Further information on the programme and application procedure can be found on the German language website».