cross-border journalism


Born 1966 in Germany, daughter of graphic designers Elisabeth and Gert Alfter.

Education / Journalism / Detailed CV

1985 Abitur from Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Wuppertal, Germany

1991 Car mechanic, Århus Technical School & Piero’s Auto, Åbyhøj, Denmark

1993-1997 Danish School of Journalism, Århus, Denmark.

2014 Master of Art in European Journalism, University of Southern Denmark

1994-1997 Horsens Folkeblad, Århus Stiftstidende, local daily newspapers, Denmark

1997-2001 Flensborg Avis, daily bilingual newspaper, local reporter, later regional editor, Germany/Denmark

2001-2003 Notat, weekly on European affairs, editor-in-chief, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003-2004 freelance journalist, Copenhagen, Denmark

2004-2008 Brussels correspondent for Danish daily Information, Brussels, Belgium

2008-2012 freelancing, based in Copenhagen, cross-border collaborations with Investigative Reporting Network Europe and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ICIJ

2008-2018 Managing Editor at Journalismfund, building an infrastructure for independent, in-depth and crossborder journalism in Europe. Including work grants for crossborder collaborative journalism (since 2008), the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest (since 2011) and assistance to crossborder teams such as Investigate Europe and the

2019 – Director at Arena for Journalism in Europe, a non-profit under Dutch law to support crossborder, collaborative journalism in Europe.

1985 – Abitur from Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Wuppertal, Germany

1985 – Moved to Skals, Denmark, chocolate worker.

1987-1991 – Car mechanic apprentice at Viborg and Århus Technical Schools and Piero’s Auto, Denmark.

1991-1992 – Car mechanic at Piero’s Auto, Århus, Denmark.

1993-1997 – Danish School of Journalism, Århus, Denmark.

1997-2001 – Local reporter, special reporter and the last two years editor of South Schleswig desk, Flensborg Avis, the Danish minority daily newspaper in Germany.

1999 – 2004 Co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief at Eurolang, a European news agency about language minorities.

2001 – series of articles about Albanian virgins, reconciliation, Albanian hospitality and not least about medieval law “Kanun” in Northern Albania with photographer Lars Salomonsen.

2001-2003 – editor at Notat, a weekly about European affairs. Parted when editorial independence concept was changed towards campaign journalism.

2003-2004 – freelance journalist in Copenhagen. Focus on European affairs, media and minorities.

2003 – 2012 Co-founder, volunteer and later manager at the Scoop project, a support structure for investigative and cross-border journalism in the Balkans, the Ukraine and Moldova carried out by the Danish association for investigative journalism FUJ and International Media Support. The project continued – with a new geographic focus – until 2018.

2004-2018 Co-founder, reporter, network member and later responsible for the project, a pioneer project in cross-border collaborative journalism in Europe unveiling the beneficiaries of EU’s 60 billion Euro annual farm subsidies. In 2018 the project was fully taken over by Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.

2004-2008 – Brussels correspondent of Danish daily Information.

2007-2016 – Co-founder and co-editor of Wobbing, a European network of journalists, who use the method of freedom of information requests.

2008-2012 – Freelance journalist in Copenhagen. Own cross-border collaborations, participation in ICIJ cross-border collaborations and contribution to documentaries.

2008 – 2018 Co-founder of the European activities of, roles included project development of European cross-border collaborative grants, program responsible for the European Investigative Journalism & Dataharvest Conference, chairperson of the board 2013-2016 to oversee the generation change, managing editor 2016-2018 including strategic work, fundraising, development and the annual conference.

2009 – 2014 Blogging occasionally on journalism and accountability in Europe for the, (old and current blog).

2012-2016 Lecturer in Journalism at Roskilde University (external lecturer 2015-2016).

2014 –Master of Art in European Journalism, University of Southern Denmark

2015 – Handbook on cross-border journalism published in Danish language.

2017 – Handbook on crossborder journalism published in German language.

2019 – Crossborder collaborative journalism – a step-by-step guide published in English.

2019 – Co-founder and director at Arena for Journalism in Europe.