Team

Jonathan Widder

Jonathan founded Squirrel News, and is the director of the Constructive News e. V. He he leads both the management and the editorial team, and regularly collects news himself. In the past, Jonathan has worked as a freelance journalist and helped build up different media start-ups in Berlin.

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth is head of the English edition of Squirrel News. Having worked as a music journalist for a number of years, she recently decided to take a step back from the industry and look for more meaningful projects to work on. Outside of Squirrel News, she is a writer and translator, specialising in humanitarian aid.

Barlow Najima

Barlow is an editor in the English edition of Squirrel News. Her background is in leadership and management. As someone who loves writing and problem solving, she is excited to be a part of the Squirrel News Team.

Daniel Bogacki

Daniel is an editor in the English and German edition of Squirrel News. His background is in economics and management. In the past he worked in international development cooperation as well as renewable energy and is now looking for more creative projects. He also is a singer/songwriter, actor and business development consultant.

Tristan Hedges

Tristan is an editor for the English edition of Squirrel News. His academic background is in philosophy and applied ethics, and his research focused on issues surrounding sustainability, democracy and moral responsibility. He joined Squirrel News as he believes not-for-profit journalism offers a respite that is needed now more than ever.

Polly Hatcher

Alongside her role as an editor for the English edition, Polly recently finished studying history at university. She decided to get involved with the project as she believes it is important to have a source that offers an antidote to the constant stream of negative news.

Catri Foot

Originally hailing from the UK, Catri has been living in Berlin for the past four years, gaining wider perspectives from a hugely international community. Her hobbies include poetry, photography and filmmaking. She is responsible for PR and Social Media at Squirrel News.

Jennifer Giwi

Jennifer researches and curates constructive news from the German speaking world. Outside of Squirrel News she is a writer and speaker, conducts constructive interviews, and does conceptual design for audio and video.

Maria Voskoboynikova

Maria is part of the German editing team and especially loves to collect constructive news about art and culture, alongside managing our social media channels. She has a masters in communication science, and believes that we could all benefit from forward-thinking ideas and a little more positivity in today’s news landscape.

Martin Keiper

Martin is a freelance journalist and layout artist. For almost 30 years he was editor-in-chief of the magazine “EineWelt” of the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany” and also responsible for its book programme. Since his retirement he is a freelance editor and layout designer. Martin believes that constructive stories also need clear analysis and is looking for such stories for Squirrel News in German-speaking media.

Oliver Erxleben

Oliver is Chief Technical Squirrel. He has developed the Squirrel News App and is happy to support a project that he finds exciting and important.

Jonny Schulz

Jonny supports Squirrel News with the design. He designed our logo and also helps us with the web design.

Stefanie Brettschneider

Steffi runs our Google AdGrants campaigns. She is a passionate online marketer and worked for an agency for a long time before she set up as a freelancer. She believes in the Good of mankind and is happy to use her skills at Squirrel News for a wonderful project.