Jochen Bendele (*1952) was an editor in the local section of the daily newspaper “Kleine Zeitung” for over 20 years, before that at Austria’s first private radio station “Antenna Austria Süd”, two years at ORF Carinthia (TV and radio) and editorial staff at “Der Standard”. He is a lecturer for the subject “Newspaper Internship” at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, supports “Newspaper in School” projects and is often on duty as a moderator.

Thomas Cik (*1983) is a member of the editorial board of the daily newspaper “Kleine Zeitung” in Carinthia. He grew bilingual in Southern Carinthia and studied law in Graz and Palma. He started his career as a journalist at the age of 15 with the Kleine Zeitung, the news magazine “profil” and the “antenna Styria”. Cik is a lecturer for journalistic writing at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz. In 2016 he published the biographical interview book “Heinz Stritzl, the Zeitzeuge”.

Albert C. Eibl (*1990) is a book publisher and member of numerous literary societies. In 2014, he founded the publishing house “The forgotten book” and in 2019 he was appointed project manager for the ten-volume Bern edition of the writings of Alexander von Humboldt, which was published by dtv. He writes as a freelance reviewer for various media, including profil and Der Falter. In his literary research, Eibl deals with the life and work of Ernst Jünger as well as with censorship policies and oppositional writing in the dictatorship.

Peter Fritz (*1961) is Head of the ORF international office in Brussels, previously he worked more than two decades as ORF correspondent in Bonn, Berlin and Washington, from 2003 to 2007 he was the Head of  “Zeit im Bild abroad”. Peter Fritz studied German and history at the University of Vienna. At this time he also worked for the newspaper “Kleine Zeitung” and from 1982 in the Regional Studio Carinthia. From 1985 to 1986 he worked at “Radio Austria International”, and then in the domestic editorial. Numerous missions as a special correspondent made him known (the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the crisis in Albania) all over Austria.

Harald Hafner (*1959) is President of the Travel Industry Club Austria, Managing Director of the Hotmama Hospitaliy & Tourismus Marketing Management Society and lecturer at several universities of applied sciences, the WIFI International and at the Entrepreneur Academy of the Austrian Hotel Association. As a tourism and marketing consultant, he works for international organizations and companies.

Carmen Kassekert (*1939) comes from South Africa and lives in Klagenfurt. She works in the communications and media environment and has made her passion for literature to a profession. Since 2010 she organizes “Slam if you can!” – Competitions in Carinthia and beyond she has issued in this context an anthalogy with Slam texts. In addition to the organization and supervision of the young literary man, she frequently moderates poetry slams.

Gudrun Leb (*1963) joined journalism after attending a college for women’s clothes makers in 1981 at the ORF Carinthia. After many stations in radio, print and television at home and abroad, she now supervises the section “Aufgezeigt” of the ORF Studios Carinthia, personal concerns of listeners and viewers from all private sectors. She was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Youth Journalism in 1986 and the Carinthian Media Prize in 2006.

Claus Reitan (*1954) is a professor, journalist, author and speaker. His major issues and priorities are politics, society, migration, integration and sustainability. Claus Reitan was chief editor of the weekly newspaper Die FURCHE and of the Tiroler Tageszeitung, editor at NEWS and founding chief editor of “Österreich”. As a member of the editor’s association Reitan was co-founder of the new Austrian Press Council. He is co-editor of the manual “Practical Journalism”, engaged in training for journalism (professional ethics and quality journalism), initiated in cooperation with the Integration Fund and Trustees for Journalism Education the seminar series “Flight, Migration and Integration”. Numerous publications: “Society in Transition – change of perspective for Austria” (2014), “Franz Schausberger – politician, historian, European” (2015), “The new population movements – causes of migration” (Fall 2016).

Sonja Sagmeister (*1975) has been lORF correspondent at the EU and NATO in Brussels for a long time. Now she works in the business section of “Zeit im Bild”. She studied in Graz languages and journalism and was appointed as Special Rapporteur about the euro’s introduction in the business section of the “Zeit im Bild”. Later she focused on social and economic reports on EU enlargement. Sagmeister is also known for her investigative reports on the topics like money laundering and the Amis-investors scandal. In collaboration with the German economist Daniel Gros she published the nonfiction “Nachkriegszeiten” in 2010.

Mathilde Schwabeneder (*1956) is an author, radio and TV journalist. From 2007 to 2020 she was ORF correspondent in Rome and responsible for reporting from Italy, the Vatican and Malta. From 1992 to 1995 she worked in the German-language editorial department of Radio Vatican, from 1995 for the ORF in Vienna with a focus on religious issues. In 2018 she received the Human Rights Award of the State of Upper Austria.

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