IPF Germany: Reporting the refugee crisis in Berlin

The IPF empowers the next generation of journalists to tell the stories that they think should make it onto the news agenda. With more than 300 contributors from 50 countries, we provide young writers with the tools they need to effectively shine a light on voices behind the headlines.

From 14 to 18 April 2016, the IPF team will travel to Berlin to document the refugee crisis unfolding in the city. Our coverage will cover five main areas: women refugees, LGBT refugees, disabled refugees, mental health amid the refugee crisis, and the role of art in rehabilitation.

Call for participants

We’re looking for Berlin-based aspiring journalists and/or students (aged 16-30) to assist us with our coverage.

If you or someone you know is interested, please fill in the form below and someone from our team will be in touch with you. You don’t necessarily need to have journalism experience, just a passion for combining media with human rights.


There are opportunities for volunteers to assist with the following areas:

  • Filmmaking
  • Photography
  • Article writing
  • Conducting interviews
  • Translation (you must know English, as well as German and/or Arabic)
  • Research
  • General assistance

Follow our IPF in Berlin Facebook event to stay up-to-date on developments of our coverage.

Topic areas

If you would like to get involved in a particular aspect of the project, or have information that could assist us with our coverage, please get in touch with the relevant section leader through the contact information listed below.

For general queries and suggestions, please email priyanka@the-ipf.com. You can also post your suggestions and questions on our Facebook event page.


Explore the lives of female refugees coming into Berlin, how they are being treated, and what challenges they face compared to their male counterparts.

Point of contact: Adriana De Sousa Calado, Women’s Editor



Understand some of the challenges faced by LGBT refugees coming into Europe and how their situation differs from straight refugees.

Point of contact: Priyanka Mogul, Editor-in-Chief



Uncover the difficulties faced by refugees who are disabled and how this affects their movement, within Berlin as well as within Europe.

Point of contact: Catarina Demony, Social Media Editor


Mental health

Work with psychologists in Berlin to understand the mental health effects of the crisis on refugees, as well as Berlin’s local residents.

Point of contact: Tanviya Sapru, Environment Editor



Document how art is being used in Berlin to help refugees rehabilitate into society, as well as help them express the trauma they have been through.

Point of contact: Heenali Patel, Arts Editor