I grew up in the countryside of Switzerland, between cows and grasshoppers. For the last twelve years, I earned my living in the broad area of journalism. The idea to become a journalist somehow popped up in my head during a road trip in Canada’s east, while cruising endless forests to the left and right.
Back home, I called up the local newspaper and asked whether I could write for them. This was my first article. It was not very good. But the picture was nice. So they let me keep writing.
Over the years, while studying History, Political Science and Economics, I worked for Tages-Anzeiger, Schweizer Journalist, Schweiz am Wochenende and others. I’m proud to have worked many years for Zürcher Studierendenzeitung. With no money, a lot of enthusiasm and beer we published Switzerland’s oldest student newspaper. And I even won a journalism prize for putting a stupid idea into practice.
In 2012, I enrolled in the development cum journalism project from MAZ and SDC. For three months, I worked in Laos at the Vientiane Times. My blog from back then is here and here. I kind of fell in love with the place and stayed for a total of two years, working for SNV Laos. This short venture into development cooperation gave me great insights into Lao and the whole development sector. It kept on writing, for example about hydropower.
I subsequently did a Master of Journalism at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong. This is the reason this page was born. The programme encourages the students to post what they produce online. We were extremely lucky to witness the pro-democracy protests during that time. And with a few other students, I ended up making this documentary.
When it all was over, we added a short Epilogue.
After graduating from JMSC, I started working for Swiss Radio and Television’s China Bureau in Shanghai, where I filmed and produced news packages for the station’s main news shows “Tagesschau” and “10vor10”.
In November 2017, I started as the Southeast Asia correspondent in Bangkok.