About

(c) Milena Krobath

Bettina Figl, staff-reporter at the daily national newspaper Wiener Zeitung in Vienna, the oldest newspaper of the world (since 1703).

Since 2011, she covers politics, education, feminism, human rights and more. Her heart belongs to storytelling & digital journalism.

She is the co-founder and co-host of Aufmacher – die Medienrunde – a event for people interested in media in Vienna.

In 2017, she was a journalism fellow at the Reuters Institute for Journalism in Oxford. Her research paper „Bigger is not always better: What we can learn about data journalism from small newsrooms“ can be downloaded here.

She was speaker and appeared in panel discussions at conferences like re:publica, International Journalism Festival Perugia, International Literary Journalism Conference.

She taught Online Journalism at the University of Applied Sciences  of WKW (2015 – 2016) and frequently gives workshops in Reportage, Research and more.

international reporting (extract): Women rights and refugee camps in Uganda (Arua, Gulu, Pader, 2018), women and children health and safety in Kenya (Kisumu, 2017), U.S. Correspondent for Wiener Zeitung and Monopol Magazine, covering the U.S. elections and more (New York City, 2016), European Elections (Bucharest/Romania 2014). Effects of the crisis in the Ukraine (Chisinau/Moldova 2014), Protest movements in Cyprus (Nicosia, 2013). Education system in Sweden (Stockholm, 2012), Greek financial crisis (Thessaloniki, 2011).

Her work has appeared in: an.schläge, APA, Augustin, Datum, Der Standard, Falter, Jungle World, Kiwi-TV Filmproduktion, Malmoe, Metropole Magazine, Monopol Magazin, Missy Magazin, NDR-Fernsehsendung ZAPP, News, Niederösterreichische Nachrichten, Ö1 Kultur, ORF Online, Salzburger Nachrichten, taz, Wiener Zeitung, and more.

Education and further education: Journalism Fellow at the University of Oxford (2017), Social journalism at the City University of New York (2016), Advanced Storytelling with Lauren Kessler (2018), TransAtlantic Storytelling at the University of Oregon (2015), Journalism colleg Kuratorium für Journalismusausbildung (2009/2010), Journalism and Communication Science at the University of Vienna, School of Journalism, M.A. Philosophy* (2006-2009); Information and Knowledge Management at University of Applied Science Burgenland, Eisenstadt, M.A. Social Sciences (2002-2006).

*My master thesis on the inequality of female and male humor protagonists in Austria’s media was rewarded by the Dr. Maria Schaumayer-Stiftung and Arbeiterkammer NÖ with their science awards. „Kein Platz für Schmähführerinnen – Eine qualitative Befragung österreichischer KarikaturistInnen, KolumnistInnen und FernsehkabarettistInnen“: A review by Pia Moik can be read here.