Johanna Mack is a Ph.D. candidate and freelance journalist associated to the Department of Communication Studies at University Duisburg-Essen and the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in Dortmund, Germany. As a member of the Graduate School MEDAS21-Media Development in the 21st Century (, she researches Media
Development Assistance in instable least developed Media Systems, with Guinea-Bissau as a Case Study. With the Erich Brost Institute, she has been involved in research projects and journalism trainings concerning migration in Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and Morocco.

In addition, she voluntarily supports refugees’ and irregular migrants’ integration in the city of Lünen, Germany.

Johanna Mack is Co-Editor of the German Website of the European Journalism Obersvatory ( and currently, she is an intern at DW Academy. Her research interests include journalism studies, media development, media and migration, postcolonial studies and literary and cultural studies.

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