Offering our expertise to audiences beyond the scientific community is one of the Cluster’s objectives. One way of enhancing communication between research and the media in the broadest sense is our Journalist-in-Residence program.

The Journalist-in-Residence program will foster our cluster's relations with media outlets, think-tanks and policy-makers. Our Residents are invited to stay at the Cluster for six weeks to three months to enable them to pursue projects related to inequality. Journalists and practitioners from think tanks, non-governmental organisations or the political arena get the opportunity to deepen their expertise in this field through close interaction with our researchers.

Current Journalists-in-Residence: 

Picture: Andreas Hornoff

Julia Friederichs

The journalist Julia Friedrichs is currently staying at the cluster, and working on a project related to inequality. Julia Friedrichs studied journalism in Dortmund and Brussels. Since then, she has worked as a freelance author of reports and documentaries for ARD, ZDF and Die Zeit. With the editorial team "docupy" she released the film "Ungleichland". She has written several highly acclaimed books, including the bestseller Gestatten: Elite. Auf den Spuren der Mächtigen von morgen“ (2008), „Deutschland dritter Klasse. Leben in der Unterschicht“ (with Eva Müller and Boris Baumholt, 2009), Ideale. Auf der Suche nach dem, was zählt“ (2011) also „Wir Erben. Was Geld mit Menschen macht“ (2015) and most recently „Working Class. Warum wir Arbeit brauchen, von der wir leben können“ (2021).

She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists, the Young Journalists Award of the Franco-German Journalism Prize, the Dr. Georg Schreiber Media Prize, and the Grimme Prize in 2019. Julia Friedrichs lives with her family in Berlin.