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New Writers on EUAustralia: Nina Plonka

  • August 17th, 2007
  • Posted by EUEditor

nina-plonka.jpg“I didn’t know I wanted to be a journalist until I saw my first story published in the local newspaper,” says Nina Plonka, hailing from Bochnum near Essen, Western Germany.

Nina Plonka made her start freelancing for local sections of the regional daily Ruhr Nachrichten.

“I covered many different aspects of local news from politics to children’s theatre,” she told us.

“Mostly I took my own pictures for that too, and I liked writing longer features about things going on in the community or interesting people.”

She went on to study Journalism and Communication at the University of Applied Science in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and the North-east Wales Institute of Higher Education in Wrexham; finally taking on her Journalism Masters at QUT, Australia.

“I had never been to Australia before and was curious about it.

“It was the right choice,” she avers.

“I also sub-edit and translate texts for the international fashion magazine Streetwear Today, based in Germany.

“Right now I am working on something like a diary for the Westdeutsche Zeitung which has expressed interest in my experiences Down Under.

“I enjoy broadcast journalism a lot, which I started in Wales, producing on my own a program on international students.”

Nina Plonka works in English, German and Spanish.

Her first piece for EUAustralia Online had an environmental tinge; the story of a solar powered taxi on its way from Switzerland to Australia, and beyond, via the EU.

See “A Long Way – Powered By The Sun”, EUAustralia Online, 11.8.07.