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 are important instigators for a broader discussion. They help to raise awareness for a topic that is underrepresented in public awareness so far. They help to connect the scientific public with media outlets and to develop an effective science communication. We sustainably involve them in our work, welcome their expert knowledge and positions and invite them to contribute 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.


Marie Bröckling» is a freelance data journalist from Berlin.

She regularly reports on security policy, technology and China for German and international media. She also works as a producer for NBC News. Just recently, she lived in Hong Kong for two years, where she researched pro-China influencers. She was recently recognized by Medium Magazin as one of the “Top 30 under 30” journalists in Germany.

During her residency she explores the question of how the judiciary deals with the growing amount of confiscated cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies are subject to strong price fluctuations, so the timing of their sale is crucial. In addition, information about the illegal past of the seized cryptocurrencies is stored in the blockchain. It is therefore not easy to reintroduce them into the legal financial cycle. So far, there are no uniform rules on how seized cryptocurrencies should be resold.

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Stefan Mey

Freelance IT-Journalist

Governance Models of Leading Cryptocurrencies

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Anissa Brinkhoff

Finance Journalist and Podcaster

The Digitalisation of the Financial Sector, Financial Literacy and the Gender Gap

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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».