Vol. 22 No. 3
By Pedro Oliveira, Jr.
BERLIN — Despite what the Second Amendment would lead some to believe, Team USA was struggling to shoot skeet that afternoon at the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship orientation at Airlie Center. The German fellows took an early lead and held steady.
Steven Valentino, a Brooklyn public radio producer, stepped up to the plate, his D’Italo boots clicking on the cement square amidst the green Virginia hills. He smashed the first flying clay pigeon with a straight bullet.
Herr Valentino took a bow. America was back.
| Steven Valentino takes aim at Airlie.
The Battle of Airlie, as it was later called, raged fiercely. Gregory Thomas III and Fabian S. Thompson Gartmann landed several strong shots. Team Canada, represented by J. Kelly Nestruck, and Team Brazil, by yours truly, did respectably as well.
Sheila Upadhya led the ladies with three bull’s eyes. Special mentions go to Maddy Mahon and Amrai Coen, who later “won the gold medal in the chicken fight Olympics,” as she reminded me in an email from New York, where she is writing edgy pieces for VICE magazine.
Just days earlier, after an introductory dinner at the DACOR Bacon House, the American and German fellows battled, at times on the same side, at times in fierce disagreement, on issues ranging from the NSA spying scandal to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This year’s Arthur F. Burns fellows, some of the brightest young minds in American and German journalism today, are political and economic powerhouses. Anna Sauerbrey, Anne Seith, Jannis Brühl and Marc Sauber grilled the speakers alongside Washington newshounds Emily Schultheis, Tim Devaney and Ana Ward.
|The new fellows meet at the DACOR Bacon House.
The argument heated up as discussions shifted into foreign policy in the Middle East with Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations, who offered an intro course in realpolitik that prepared us for meeting our guest of honor later that evening.
German Ambassador Peter Ammon treated the fellows to a visit with the Honorable Dr. Henry Kissinger, who responded candidly to a roundtable of sharp reporters in an off-the-record conversation.
|The fellows wait on the Capitol steps to meet with Congressman Sean Maloney.
On behalf of the fellows, we extend a sincere thank you to Frank Freiling and the International Center for Journalists — Emily Schult, Aliana Coello and Lyndsey Wajert, our distinguished guest speakers and the staff at Airlie Center for the amazing experiences.
The Burns Fellowship has immensely enriched our professional and personal lives, through both discussions on transatlantic relations and never-have-I-ever challenges.
As of press time, this reporter could not confirm details of the alleged events at the Airlie pool, including any post-midnight chicken-fight Olympics.
Pedro Oliveira, Jr., is a staff writer at the New York Post in New York City. He is spending his fellowship at Bild in Berlin.
The Honorable Dr. Henry Kissinger and
German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Ammon.
|2013 Fellow Emily Schultheis (center) talks with alumni at the German ambassador's reception.
Local alumni and the 2013 U.S. fellows gathered in Munich on the eve of Oktoberfest on Sept. 20 for an informal reception.
IJP Alumni Get Close View of German Elections
By Rachel Stern (Burns 2012)
On Sunday, Sept. 22, the world watched as
Germany elected the members of its 18th Bundestag, including the country’s next chancellor. In the days leading up to the big vote, the International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP) brought 25 alumni from its American and European programs—including three from the Burns Fellowship—back to Berlin to cover the Wahlkampf for their respective media outlets.
We visited bustling campaign headquarters, listened to talks by political analysts and authors, and watched last-minute campaign pitches from the candidates themselves—including Chancellor Angela Merkel from the harbor in her hometown of Hamburg.
How Do the Elections Work?
Our first topic was an introduction to the complex German electoral system from Professor Dr. Werner Reutter of the Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science at Free University Berlin.
There are approximately 62 million eligible voters in Germany, he said. Voters select a representative for their local district, as well as their preferred political party—who, if successful, will win some of the 598 seats in Parliament.
|A Berlin campaign poster.
The elections are a hybrid of the American model—where there is one winning party that dominates the system—and a proportional representation system that allows for smaller parties.
A party must receive five percent of the vote to enter Parliament, a clause aimed in part to stop extremist parties from joining the Bundestag.
Differing Campaign Strategies
We watched up-close as Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech from her childhood home of Hamburg. “Once a Hamburger, always a Hamburger,” she proclaimed in a harbor side hall where 4,000 party observers squeezed inside to hear die Kanzlerin speak.
Dr. Merkel spoke in broad terms about Germany’s need to invest in research and innovation, create jobs, and support entrepreneurs, a reference to the country’s growing start-up scene.
Addressing Europe-wide topics, she said the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was against joint debt in the Eurozone, an issue for which the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has advocated.
She closed with a personal appeal to voters who are not sure who they will vote for or if they will vote at all. “I grew up in East Germany, where we couldn’t vote,” Merkel stated.
The SPD hosted a rally at Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz the next night, pulling in many passersby to listen to chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück.
|An SPD rally in Berlin.
“Please vote,” Steinbrück also encouraged voters, highlighting the large number of SPD supporters who have avoided the polls in recent years.
From his public podium, Steinbrück emphasized the party’s agenda, calling for higher taxes on the wealthy, a national minimum wage and retirement funding.
The Greens had a slightly different last-ditch effort to garner support: a giant inflatable green dome where volunteers in shifts answered questions via email for 72 hours straight.
Shortly after its Thursday night launch, we ventured inside the “3 Tage Wach” (3 Days Awake) bubble, where volunteers typed devotedly into the night, taking breaks to grab a cup or two of fair-trade coffee.
Newbies on the Election Scene
We also made a stop at Pirate Party headquarters, situated in a sprawling warehouse in the low-income area of Lichtenberg in eastern Berlin.
Despite their dwindling supporter base, the Pirates remained hopeful that they would garner at least five percent of the vote. They had been polling at around, and ended up receiving, two percent.
|Pirate Party headquarters in Berlin.
Since their founding in 2006, the Pirates’ main talking points have been freedom of information and direct democracy. But their presentation to us ran the gamut of topics from issuing asylum to all who want it in Germany to—siding with the Greens, Left Party and SPD—a federally mandated minimum wage.
We then headed to lunch with an up-and-coming party candidate from the other end of the political spectrum. Beatrix von Storch of “
Alternative für Deutschland” spoke of her party’s desire to form two currencies—one for wealthier European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, and another for periphery nations such as Spain and Portugal.
Founded only in April, the socially conservative party is best known for its anti-Euro stance and, to the surprise of many, was polling close to the five percent mark. In the end, they barely missed the cut, garnering 4.7 percent of the vote. Deflecting the skepticism of many in the room, von Storch said the party stood for a unified Europe, which is becoming increasingly hard to achieve through the Euro itself.
Rachel Stern spent her Burns Fellowship in 2012 at Spiegel Online in Berlin. She recently returned to Berlin for a year on a Fulbright scholarship for journalists.
New U.S. Ambassador to Germany Takes Post in August
John B. Emerson was sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Germany in early August, replacing Philip D. Murphy in both his diplomatic post as well as patron to the Burns Fellowship.
Emerson grew up in the New York City region and received his bachelor of arts from Hamilton College and a law degree from Chicago University. He practiced law for many years in Los Angeles, while also becoming active in Democratic political campaigns. After serving as Bill Clinton’s California campaign manager in 1992, he became deputy assistant to President Clinton from 1993-1997. After leaving the White House, he joined Capital Group Companies, an investment management firm. He is married to Kimberly Marteau Emerson and the couple has three teenage daughters.
2013 Holbrooke Journalist-in-Residence Fellows
Holbrooke Journalist-in-Residence Fellows David Francis (Burns 2009) and Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) recently met in Berlin. Christian spent his fellowship in the spring at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, DC. David recently arrived in Berlin and is spending a couple of months at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Holbrooke Research Grants - Call for Applications
|Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) interviews the second officer of a car transporting vessel in Rhode Island as part of his Holbrooke Grant researching the transatlantic free trade agreement.
Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
The grants were recently renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible—both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2013 until funds are exhausted.
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate’s professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click
here for details on what to submit.
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding comes from the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship News is published four times a year by the International Center for Journalists.
Burns Program Staff:
Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, IJP
Emily Schult, Program Manager, ICFJ
Leigh Burke, Burns Fundraising Consultant
Maia Curtis, ICFJ Consultant
Named in honor of the late former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program fosters greater understanding of German–U.S. relations among future leaders of the news media.
The Burns program was established in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (formerly the Initiative Jugendpresse) and was originally designed for young German journalists. In 1990, the fellowship expanded to include American journalists, making it a true exchange.
Each year 20 outstanding journalists from the United States and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries. The program offers 10 young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations.
Fellows work as part-time staff members at host newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.
This competitive program is open to U.S. and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in U.S.–European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but is encouraged.
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The summer is over and the fellowships are winding down for another year. Soon the 20 fellows will return to their home cities with new ideas and friendships. The group of nearly 500 Burns alumni will be expanded again, making it an even more vital and far-reaching group of journalists, based not just in the United States, Canada and Germany, but all over the world. Accordingly, our activities for alumni are ever increasing, with the first two Holbrooke journalist-in-residence fellowships granted, half a dozen Holbrooke Research Grants awarded, and alumni dinners and regional meetings firmly established.
In October, the boards of trustees on both sides of the Atlantic will begin a new three-year term. Frank Loy, chairman of the U.S. board, will hand over the reins to Marcus Brauchli, vice president of The Washington Post Company. Five new trustees have joined the U.S. board, including Elizabeth Bumiller of The New York Times and Michael Oreskes of the Associated Press. At the Burns Dinner in New York in late February 2014, we will honor Frank Loy for his nearly 10 years of service to the Burns program. You will also have the opportunity to meet old and new trustees, as well as hopefully many alumni from the East Coast.
In Germany, the new IJP board of trustees will be finalized after the national elections and announced shortly thereafter. We already welcomed the new patron and U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson. He will bring his West Coast experience and network with him and has already agreed to become an active participant in Burns activities, not just in Berlin. Expanding our community of fellows and trustees from the West Coast will be a main challenge in the years to come.
Finally, the first two fellows going to and from Canada are concluding their fellowships. During the last meeting, the board agreed to bring at least two Canadian fellows annually into the Burns Fellowship. Canada will therefore start to play an important role in the Burns program and a new network of alumni in this vast country will be featured in our activities very soon. Even after 25 years of Burns Fellowships, there is always room for new initiatives.
Enjoy the autumn and stay in touch. Hoping to see you all soon again,
Nikolaus Blome is leaving the daily Bild this autumn to join the weekly Der Spiegel as the Berlin bureau chief and a member of the editorial board (Chefredaktion). Stefan Menzel returned to the Handelsblatt headquarters in Düsseldorf after serving as a correspondent in Vienna, Austria, for the financial daily. He is now the deputy editor-in-chief of the paper’s website, Handelsblatt.com.
Jacob Heilbrunn was appointed editor of The National Interest in Washington, DC. Marko Martin published a new book of short stories in September, titled
Die Nacht von San Salvador. Ein Fahrtenbuch (Die Andere Bibliothek).
Andreas Fritsch married Christiane, a photographer from Leipzig, in August.
Richard David Precht
published yet another book, titled
Anna, die Schule und der liebe Gott
(Goldmann). After six years as a Washington correspondent for Der Spiegel
, Gregor Peter Schmitz
is returning to Europe and will start his new correspondent position in Brussels at the end of the year.
Stefanie Bolzen and her husband Ed Owen had a baby daughter, Matilda, on June 27. Stefanie will return as Die WELT's UK correspondent in spring 2014. Photo below.
Thoralf Schwanitz and his partner Anja welcomed a daughter, Ella, on July 24. The family lives in Hamburg.
Stephanie Nannen published a book about her grandfather Henri Nannen, who founded Stern magazine in 1948 and would have turned 100 this year. The book is titled
Henri Nannen: Ein Stern und sein Kosmos (Bertelsmann).
Christine Lagorio married Max Chafkin, a fellow journalist, on September 1. Gina Pace (Burns 2010) was in the bridal party and toasted the happy couple.
Markus Balser now works for the economics section of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in their Berlin bureau. Mario Kaiser was awarded the Kurt Tucholsky Prize for Literary Journalism. The jury cited his stories for their “moving depth and the subtle way in which they weave together social conditions and the protagonists’ personal circumstances.” The award ceremony will be held in Berlin at the end of October, after which Mario will spend time in Poland researching his next book project.
After years in journalism, Roman Kessler is now administering State Street’s German-language journalism awards. Each of the four categories includes a 3,500 Euro prize. Applications may be submitted until Oct. 3. Please
share and/or apply. Roman Pletter graduated from Harvard with a master’s in public administration in May. In July, he became deputy head of the business section of DIE ZEIT.
Rachel Barth is still freelancing for both print publications as well as in film production out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She recently worked on the filming of the Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign, which went viral and currently has almost 56,000,000 views. She was also selected to participate in ICFJ’s Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Exchange Program and will be heading to Moscow in October. Michael Broecker was appointed the new editor-in-chief of the Rheinische Post, starting in the new year. He will be based in Düsseldorf. Shant Shahrigian spent two years reporting and doing social media for Deutsche Welle's English department in Bonn. But he writes that his “Sehnsucht overcame me,” so he returned to the United States and began working for The Riverdale Press in August. His beat in the Bronx is quite a change from covering Oktoberfest and doing other features for DW, but he loves the new challenge.
This past summer, Anton Troianovski began working as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in Berlin.
Rachel Stern has returned to Berlin for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship for journalists.
2014 Fellowship Deadlines:
February 1, 2014
March 1, 2014
U.S. Trustees (2013-2016)
(As of Oct. 1, 2013)
Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Albert Behler, President and CEO, Paramount Group, Inc.
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel, Senior Advisor, Strategy XXI Partners
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli, Vice President, The Washington Post Company (Chairman)
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Managing Director, Mannheim Holdings LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, CFO, BASF SE; Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
John Fraser, Master and Chair of Corporation, Massey College, Toronto
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP), e.V. (Burns President)
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr.,
Senior Advisor, Teneo Intelligence (Honorary Chairman)
Ambassador (ret.) Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Former U.S. Secretary of State
Christian Lange, President and CEO, EII Capital Management Inc.
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Honorary Chairman)
Senator Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center, Former United States Senator
Daniel Mahler, Partner and Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Director, The Associated Press
Wolfgang Pordzik, Executive Vice President, Corporate Public Policy, Deutsche Post DHL
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House
Garrick Utley, Senior Fellow, Levin Institute, SUNY
Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)
Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC
Legal Advisor: Phillip C. Zane, Attorney at Law, GeyerGorey, LLP
German Trustees (2010-2013)
Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Dr. Thomas Bellut, Director-General, ZDF
Erik Bettermann, Director-General, Deutsche Welle
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former Ambassador
Dr. Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank AG
Prof. Maria Böhmer, State Minister, Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU
Tom Buhrow, Anchorman, ARD
Sabine Christiansen, Journalist, TV21 Media
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer AG
Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman, Vodafone Foundation
Leonhard F. Fischer, Partner, RHJI Swiss Management
Dr. Rüdiger Frohn, Chairman, Stiftung Mercator
Emilio Galli-Zugaro, Head Group Communications, Allianz Group
Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank AG (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Luc Jochimsen, Member of Parliament, Die Linke
Michael Georg Link, State Minister, Foreign Office, Member of Parliament, FDP
Rob Meines, Meines & Partners, The Hague
Kerstin Müller, Former State Minister, Member of Parliament, Buendnis 90/Die Grünen
Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Former Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel
Rainer Neske, Board Member, Deutsche Bank (Chairman)
Dagmar Reim, Director General, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)
Monika Schaller, Senior Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Steffen Seibert, Government Spokesman
Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, Former Foreign Minister, Chair of the SPD Parliamentary Group
Tobias Trevisan, CEO, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Lord George Weidenfeld, Former CEO, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in the United States and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2013 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.
Sponsors in the U.S.
Alston & Bird, LLP
BMW Group USA
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Deutsche Post DHL Americas
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation/Institute of International Education
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
GWFF USA, Inc.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Paramount Group, Inc.
The Hon. J.D. Bindenagel
John and Gina Despres
The Hon. Frank E. Loy
Dr. Guenter and Elsbeth Roesner
Stanford S. Warshawsky
Sponsors in Germany
Robert Bosch Stiftung Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
European Recovery Program (ERP), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Vibro Beteiligungs GmbH