As a freelance journalist, Marius Münstermann publishes his texts and photos in German and international magazines. He also produces multimedia web documentaries that include photography, videos and animated graphics.
His investigations in Germany focus on far right movements and right-wing violence. Internationally, Marius investigates subjects such as large-scale agricultural investments, mining, illegal logging, industrialized fisheries and other forms of natural resource extraction which often go along with environmental destruction, social conflicts and violations of human rights. He prefers reporting from on the ground and working on long-term projects, mostly in Africa, Asia and Europe.
His texts, photos and videos have been published by Der Spiegel and Der Spiegel International, Süddeutsche Zeitung, stern, WIRED, Germany’s first non-profit investigative newsroom Correctiv, Handelsblatt (Global Edition), DATUM, Mail & Guardian (South Africa), fluter, The European, taz, Medium Magazin, Tagesspiegel, the neo Nazi watchdog platform publikative, Africa Is A Country and others:
Marius investigates, documents and analyzes racist attacks on refugees in Germany for the Amadeu Antonio foundation, stern magazine and NGO pro asyl. While he presents his findings as a speaker and writes about racist attacks for various media outlets, Marius also frequently shares the database of this unique documentation work with other journalists who use his insights for their reporting (from local newspapers to New York Times) as well as with academic researchers (studies based on this database have, for example, been published in Research and Politics or West European Politics). If you are interested in using the data or if you would like Marius to assist you with your reporting on right-wing violence in Germany, please contact him.
Marius has been awarded the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Business Journalism and the Hamburg Media Price for Child protection. He has been nominated twice for the German Reporter Award: in 2016 for his web documentary about Malawi’s addiction to growing tobacco and in 2017 for his web documentary about the children who fight for survival in India’s mica mines. He was also a nominee for the 2015 Grimme Online Award for “Apropos Kosovo”, a selection of stories about Europe’s youngest nation state, a web-based magazine that he co-produced.
Some of his investigations have been supported with grants from European Journalism Fund, Magnum Foundation, Reporter Academy Berlin, Greenpeace Magazine, Oxfam, netzwerk recherche, Zeitenspiegel Reportage Agency and FAZIT foundation.
Marius spent one year of advanced training dedicated to reportage writing at the Zeitenspiegel journalism school in Reutlingen, Germany.
Before, he studied area studies Asia/Africa and contemporary history at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Marius speaks fluent German, English and Swahili. He also likes to refresh his French, Spanish and Hausa during travels. He is based in Berlin.
He participated in Deutsche Welle’s 2015 “media dialogue” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
He is also…
… founding member and editor at eufrika, a platform for the stories on both sides of the Mediterranean.
… a member of RIFF Reporter, a journalism cooperative dedicated to innovative forms of storytelling and the monetarization of web-based journalism.
… a member of Text-Salon, a collective of freelance journalists.
… a member of the DFJV, the German association of specialized journalists.