About me

Willkommen. I am a German-American journalist covering the intersection of business, technology, science and societies. I also organize journalism conferences, and work with the Boston Marathon Bombing Resiliency Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness on media literacy for survivors, advocates and law enforcement.

Over the past two decades, my work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Time magazine and Nieman Reportstaz, Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Folio/Neue Zuercher Zeitung and other publications on both sides of the Atlantic. [See Selected Works]

From 2006 to 2014, I ran a variety of programs at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, including Nieman’s Trauma Journalism Program, a specialized fellowship in Global Health Reporting and topical conferences on subjects such as immigration or the environment.

Here are some of the things I’ve done or do:

I’ve had the privilege to direct the Nieman Foundation’s efforts to strengthen and improve Global Health Reporting and to work with accomplished journalists focusing on poverty, development and health. This program for six years produced exemplary reporting on the subject, in its later years in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. I continue to try and build community among those around the world who aim to tell these stories.

Other Nieman projects include the 75th anniversary and reunion in fall 2013; conceiving and editing a cover package for Nieman Reports on Truth in the Age of Social Media; conferences on subjects such as Secrecy and Journalism in the New Media Age and Press Freedom in Latin America, or an online guide for journalists covering pandemic flu, coveringflu.org

Starting Nieman’s Trauma Journalism program with support from the Dart Foundation in 2006, I created projects such as an interdisciplinary conference on trauma, journalism and storytelling (in collaboration with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma) and a workshop bringing together victim advocates and crime reporters.

I teach media literacy, for example at the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy, and assist in the development of training materials, such as these tip sheets on covering domestic violence or this case study on a school shooting in Winnenden, Germany (in German).

I had no idea I was an entrepreneurial journalist when, in 1998, I quit a high-paid job as news editor and editor of the Sunday Magazine at BZ, Berlin’s largest daily newspaper, to start a freelance career for German media from a small attic apartment in Cambridge, Mass.

Nor did I know that there was such a thing as a Nieman fellowship. I had the great privilege to become a fellow in the fall of 2000 (and to be granted temporary Madonna-status during a trip to Korea with my fellow journalists in 2001).

I live in Cambridge, Mass. with my husband and two children (7 and 10).

You can contact me at scf@stefaniefriedhoff.com or via twitter @stefanie2000

2 responses to “About me

  1. kathrin Froehleke

    Hallo Buffy

    jetzt habe ich Dich endlich mal mit E-Mail gefunden.

    Schön, dass es gut bei Dir läuft, ich würde mich sehr über ein Lebenszeichen von Dir freuen.
    Ich bin verheiratet, habe einen Hund und designe
    Taschen und Hundecouchen.
    Wir leben in Haltern-Hullern und ich genieße mein Leben.

  2. Francis Hajdas


    Peter Borre and myself have tried to contact you about possible follow up stories for TIME magazine. You must have a new e-mail address as attempts to reach you using your previous e-mail address were returned as undeliverable. We at St. Stan’s are involved in a project that may be of interest to TIME magazine. Please let me know if you are still doing writing for TIME. You can reach me at the address above or by phone at H 413-743-3077 or cell 413-446-5620.


    Fran Hajdas

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