Gianna Grün (M.Sc.)

Responsibilities at the institute

Research fellow at the Professorship of Digital Journalism and Data Journalism. Contribution to externally funded projects in data journalism, data literacy and digital journalism.

Research and teaching focus

  • Research: Cross-media analysis of quality features (such as complexity and interactivity) of data journalistic products like visualizations and stories, integrating user analytics, surveys and editorial decision criteria
  • Teaching: Advanced methods in data journalism (coding, scraping, automization)


  • since 2017: Data journalist and editor, Head of DW's data-driven journalism team
  • since 2017: Freelance data journalism trainer (Workshops for KAS' Journalism Academy, Columbia University, HMKW, and trainee programs of various public broadcasters in Germany)
  • 2016: Post-graduate training at Columbia Journalism School' Lede Program in New York City: Introduction into data science and coding with Python, pSQL and d3.js
  • since 2016: Freelance data journalist and author for the interactive background magazine Der Kontext
  • 2014 - 2015: Head of Online at DW's crossmedia magazine Life Links, with a particular focus on a young global audiences
  • 2013: Extra occupational post-graduate training: "Introduction to Infographics" (MOOC) by Alberto Cairo at the Knight Center at the University of Texas and "Graphic Design for Beginners" (Online-Kurs) at the University of Arts in London (UAL, Central Saint Martins)
  • 2012 - 2014: Multimedia editor at DW's crossmedia magazine Global Ideas, with particular focus on climate and environmental issues
  • 2006 - 2011: Journalistic traineeship at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation's Journalism Program, complemented with internships at WDR5 Leonardo and the science desks at Handelsblatt and Zeit Online
  • 2009 - 2011: Master's degree (M.Sc.) in molecular biomedicine (University of Münster), with particular focus on neuro- and cell biology
  • 2006 - 2009: Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) in life sciences (University of Münster), with modules in social competence, computer science, physics and chemistry
  • 2006 - 2011: Freelance journalist in various local newsrooms of the newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten