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Jackie Guigui-Stolberg

I'm an American-born-and-educated freelance writer and photographer based in southern Germany, thirty km southeast of Munich. I'm also not far from Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria. Before moving to Germany in 1985, I worked as a reporter at The Ridgefield Press, a weekly newspaper in Ridgefield, Connecticut/USA, and in the international editions departments of the magazines Cosmopolitan and Science Digest at The Hearst Corporation in New York. Once in Germany, I gained experience in the photo editing department at the German editions of Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar, and was the photo editor of the German magazine Musik Express for several years before starting out as a freelance journalist in 1988. For some time I also worked freelance as a book editor and translator. I relish the challenge of working my way into new subject areas. I have written about food, homeless people, organic farming, the military, nudism, education, motorcycles, antiques, mechanical engineers, fashion, politics, cats and dogs…. I provide my own photographs or can find high-resolution images for you from other sources. Besides writing complete articles, I'm also happy to help you with background research,  fact-checking, or to collaborate on projects that combine the efforts of several contributors. I have mainly worked for magazines, but I am also available for book contributions or online, radio, or TV assignments. I have extensive interviewing experience and enjoy tailoring interviews for publication. I have excellent digital recording equipment that is suitable for high-quality audio transmissions. I write in my native American English. I also speak fluent German and French and can also telephone, do general research, and conduct interviews in Italian and Spanish. I am willing to travel for assignments outside of my usual working area in southern Germany.


Stories

  • All Around the Chiemsee: The Bavarian Sea (travel story, Germany)

    München, Germany Cultural December 31 @ 12:00am

    Article proposal: All Around the Chiemsee: the Bavarian Sea (An article could be about the Chiemsee (Chiem Lake) as a whole, or about only one aspect of it or particular site, as you prefer.) The Chiemsee is Germany’s third largest lake with over 60 kilometers of shoreline and is located less... Read more

  • Home, home on the Alm (about cowherds in the Alps)

    München, Germany Cultural December 31 @ 12:00am

    Home, home on the Alm (Article idea - cultural/travel story) I’d love to write an article about the traditional job of Senner or a Sennerin, that is a person who spends several summer months (usually from May to September) living in a hut and taking care of cows at an Alm, a pasture in the Alps.... Read more

  • Munich Confronts its Nazi Past at the National Socialist Documentation Center

    München, Germany Cultural September 30 @ 12:00am

    The Braunes Haus, the building that housed Nazi party headquarters in Munich from 1930 to 1945, in fact no longer exists; it was destroyed by Allied forces after the war. But precisely at the site where it once stood, the National Socialist Documentation Center represents Munich's final coming to... Read more

  • Strolling Through History: A Walking Tour to Remember Munich's Nazi Past

    München, Germany Cultural September 30 @ 12:00am

    The name of Munich's most successful walking-tours company, "Stattreisen" is a play on German words that mean something most closely translatable as "alternative trips". The message is clear: on a "Stattreisen" walking tour you will experience the Bavarian capital in unusual ways, with... Read more

  • "Blindgänger" (Unexploded Bombs in Germany) - Blasts from the Past

    München, Germany Cultural September 30 @ 12:00am

    For countless reasons, World War II is present in the German psyche and memory for many people in the general population on almost a daily basis. Cities like Berlin and Dresden, for example, still have eerily empty spaces in the middle of town, where it is obvious that some edifice once stood there... Read more

  • Cloth fit for a King

    Bavaria, Germany Cultural December 31 @ 12:00am

    Volker Illimann was born into a family of textile manufacturers and is one of Europe's leading experts on historical fabrics. His expertise has made cloth reconstruction possible for exquisite furniture in many castles and palaces in Germany: in Potsdam, Würzburg, Munich... Not only does he know... Read more

  • Germany's Stagecoach Inns

    Munich, Germany Food & Drink December 31 @ 12:00am

    The easiest way to find an excellent and atmospheric restaurant in Germany is to look for the main church in old town and village squares. Next to the church you will often find a large old building bearing the name "Gasthof zur Post." After the fifteenth-century founding of postal routes along the... Read more

  • Business is Blooming

    Munich, Germany Science & Environment December 31 @ 12:00am

    In a much-publicized referendum in Spring 2019, the citizens in the state of Bavaria, Germany voted to demand that their government do much more to protect insect and plant bio-diversity in this area where high-tech industries together with a large number of agricultural business are the basis for... Read more

  • The Art of Smart: Siemens headquarters in Munich is one of the world's most sustainable office buildings

    Munich, Germany Business December 31 @ 12:00am

    In 2017, Forbes Magazine reported that the Toronto-based research company Corporate Knights had named the German engineering company Siemens the world's most sustainable company. I would like to write an article for you about Siemens' company headquarters building in downtown Munich, inaugurated in... Read more

  • Just Dual It! - Germany's New Educational Model Pairs-up Theory and In-Company Practice

    Munich, Germany Business December 31 @ 12:00am

    As the German economy booms and companies hustle to fill orders, employers wring their hands in search of job candidates that fit their increasingly precise specifications. A solution to their problem: train your employees yourself. The "Duales Studium" educational model combines almost full-time,... Read more

  • The Works Council - a German Success Story?

    Munich, Germany Business December 31 @ 12:00am

    A works council or Betriebsrat is part of the management concept of countless German companies and contributes largely to the smooth functioning of Germany's companies and the internationally-admired "German Model" for business success. On an average of every two years, employee representatives are... Read more

  • Up Yours! The Modern Marketing of an Old-Fashioned Product: Sniffing Tobacco

    Munich, Germany Business December 31 @ 12:00am

    Strangely enough, a very old-fashioned, traditional German product has experienced a revival in recent years: sniffing tobacco. Smoking is illegal in public places in Germany, and maybe for that reason, sniffing snuff has come into style again in a big way. Another reason is surely a re-embracing... Read more

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