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.

Current

Stefan Mey

Governance Models of Leading Cryptocurrencies

Mercator-Journalist in Residence in November 2023 is the freelance IT-Journalist» Stefan Mey. After having studied sociology and journalism in Halle, at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Potsdam, he now writes for various online and print media about major players such as Alphabet, Meta or Microsoft – but also the non-commercial “counter-world” of projects such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, Mastodon or Signal. Furthermore, he gives lectures and workshops for journalists.

His first non-fiction book (in German) was about how the darknet operates (C.H. Beck, 2021 (3rd edition)»), his second book (C.H. Beck, 2023») takes a closer look at the variety of non-commercial digital projects that act as a counterweight to Big Tech.

During his residency he explores the governance of the largest cryptocurrencies: “Who” exactly is behind the cryptocurrencies that mostly are self-organized as open source projects. Who is able to make the important technical decisions which can have serious economic implications. Often, companies as well as foundations or pseudo-foundations play a role in the ecosystem of a cryptocurrency. So does an individual, a small self-recruited body, or a democratically organized collective make decisions?

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Alumni

Anissa Brinkhoff

Finance Journalist and Podcaster

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

More information about Anissa Brinkhoff und her Residency»

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».