UCL European Institute


Reporting across Europe: A Masterclass with Annette Dittert

06 June 2023, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Annette Dittert portrait

UCL students are invited to join a UCL European Institute Masterclass with Annette Dittert, London bureau chief and senior correspondent at ARD.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students






Lucy Shackleton


Lecture Theatre, Maths 500
UCL Union Building
25 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

Session summary
Drawing on her experience as bureau chief and first correspondent for German Public Television ARD in Warsaw, New York and London, Annette Dittert will reflect on her career as a foreign correspondent, the skills she has needed to succeed, how she understands and translates the news from countries not her own, perceptions of British politics in Germany, and the changing nature and role of journalism in European societies.

N.B. Owing to the nature of Annette Dittert's role, if a major news story breaks, this masterclass may need to be cancelled at short notice.

Speaker biography
Annette Dittert is a foreign correspondent and passionate filmmaker for ARD German TV. She became known to a wide audience as a bureau chief and correspondent in Warsaw, later in New York and London.

Poland remained an affair of the heart, but London became her adopted home. Annette set up tent in the UK capital for the first time in 2008 to lead the ARD London office as head correspondent. It remained her home even after she ended her tenure in 2014 to travel across the world as a special correspondent for ARD. In 2019, she returned to London to resume her position as head correspondent and bureau chief of the ARD studio.

Annette Dittert was awarded two Grimme Awards for her films. In 2004, she received the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Award for reporting on Poland.

This session is curated by UCL European Institute, with UCL School of Public Policy and European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS), and co-hosted with Pi Media, UCL's oldest and largest student journalism society.

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