<strong>Anne Preger </strong>
Anne Preger
Anne always liked digging. First in the sandbox, then in the garden, later on Swedish arable lands and in Ethiopian forests and finally, as a soil scientist in South African pastures. By 2007 she had realized her favorite form of digging is for facts and stories. For this purpose, her university degree in geoecology continues to prove useful. Anne reports on environment, bio- and geo-sciences and climate, for radio, online and tv.

After a journalistic traineeship at the public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Anne worked as editor and reporter in science TV (Quarks & Co) and radio (WDR 5 Leonardo) and the radio news section of WDR for five years, before becoming a freelance reporter. In spring 2012, she was named an RIAS media fellow at Duke University, Durham, NC and in 2016 she was awarded the „Umweltmedienpreis“ for her environmental reporting.

Reporting on science often means cutting a long story short. Anne thinks, the deeper you dig into a story the more meaningful your summary will be. A simple sentence on air is often the result of hard research.

Her moments of happiness: Feeling the pieces of the puzzle fall into place when writing a manuscript, being on air or in the air experiencing a stunning ocean habitat from above.

<strong>Sven Preger </strong>
Sven Preger
Sven believes in the power of words. So it’s no wonder that he produces a lot of them. He writes radio documentaries for ZeitZeichen, hosts his own radio talk show „Eine Stunde Talk“ on Deutschlandfunk Nova and leads seminars on writing, interviews and storytelling. All of his jobs have shown: it’s vital to listen to the words of others. To that end, Sven has developed an ear for counter-arguments, feelings and stories untold.

At university, Sven nearly decided to study mathematics but later opted for journalism and political sciences. So a recent Media Award for Mathematics brought a huge smile to Sven’s face. He studied in Dortmund and Stockholm, did internships at Spiegel Online and Süddeutsche Zeitung and a journalistic traineeship at the public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

By then, it was obvious that Sven loves telling stories and juries seem to like the results: Sven has been awarded, amongst other things, the CNN-Europe-Award, the Axel-Springer-Award, the Media Award for Aviation and Aeronautics and the Media Award for Geography.

His moments of happiness: Proving that you can turn mathematics into an audible and comprehensible story, being moved by an encounter and showering a person with compliments on air.

How we work

If you listen and don’t get it, it is not your fault, most of the time. To tell a story well, we think it’s our job to listen. This enables us to be easily understood and make our perspective clear. And our audiences can form an informed opinion.
We tell two kinds of stories. Those you want to hear and those we think you need to hear.

Here are a few examples: There was the Texan firefighter Red Adair who was most afraid of rest, not of fire; the space shuttle Columbia that crashed because NASA didn’t take warnings from their own ranks serious enough; the German novelist Michael Ende who felt right until his death, that he hadn’t written the „right“ book yet; and finally there’s Mother Kung Fu, who has to fight for the survival of her family of nine every single day.

Those stories thrill us and give inspiration for long documentaries that we produce and master ourselves. You can listen to our stories on ZeitZeichen, Deutschlandfunk Nova and WDR 5 Leonardo. Just to be clear, Mother Kung Fu is one foot tall, lives in the Kalahari and is the boss of a rather small family of meerkats.

Stories don’t have to be long, it’s all about the essence. If you want to tell a story, no matter how long and twisted, sharpen your knife, cut away the wrapping and write it down as a spoken segment of just 30 seconds. Can’t do it? Make up your mind what it’s really about and try again. We love doing news, be it local, scientific or for kids.
We love the mixture of anticipation and focus when the on-air-light comes on. It’s one of the moments in radio that never loses its appeal for us, both as reporter and host. We care about our audience and tell stories as calmly or enthusiastically as the narrative requires.
We try to replace gut feelings with facts. Don’t get us wrong, gut feelings can be very clever, but there should be more for journalists. The bottom line is, we don’t know – yet. So we research hard to find answers. We look into databases and scientific journals. We ask experts and try to get people to tell us their version of a story. We even read books. Only when we have a grasp of what’s really going on do we allow ourselves an opinion that is reasoned and transparent.
Two thousandth of a second is all it takes for a leopard to jump into a tree or a sea eagle to catch the fish. That blink decides if the picture will be good or not. We love to capture both the action and tranquility of nature. We share our glimpses into the lives of the last dugongs of Africa and the animals in the vast oasis of the Okavango Delta.
Faust Jr. – Die Wissensdetektei“ is Sven’s and Ralph Erdenberger’s award-winning audio play for children. Private investigator Frank Faust leaves his shabby office in his hometown Bochum to solve mysteries: Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Who was king Arthur? What is the future of human space travel? And how did Mary Shelley get the idea for writing Frankenstein? Along the way, he meets real experts on his quests and frequently nearly gets into hot water. The first episode was released in 2009. It features the German actors Ingo Naujoks, Bodo Primus and Jochen Malmsheimer.

Recent Works

  • Himmel

Rätsel Roswell

Ein Rancher findet im Sommer 1947 bei Roswell, New Mexico, rätselhafte Trümmerteile. Die US-Armee spricht zuerst von einer fliegenden Untertasse, rudert dann aber direkt zurück: […]

  • Stethoskop_hoerweiten

Stethoskop bei SWR 2 Wissen

Das Stethoskop ist das Symbol für Ärzte. Es hilft, Krankheiten der Atemwege und des Herzens zu diagnostizieren. Vor 200 Jahren revolutionierte das Hörrohr des Pariser […]

  • Schiffsschraube_Preger

„Der Propeller ist ein Österreicher!“

Einer der Väter der Schiffsschraube ist ausgerechnet ein österreichischer Förster. Josef Ressel erfindet eine Schraube, die Segel und Schaufelräder als Antrieb ablösen soll. Er bekommt […]

What we offer

  • Two strong voices
  • Live-reporting and show-hosting
  • Hosting events and mediation
  • Audio features all inclusive: Recording, writing, narrating and mastering
  • Complex research: Finding the stories hidden in data
  • Cross-media thinking
  • Meaningful photo stories

What we teach

Most people don’t like to speak in front of an audience. The first step to a confident presentation involves looking at yourself. We analyze your performance, give concrete advice and help you enjoy presenting. If you want to deliver a message, it should be clear in your mind. We don’t know your message, but we can help you find the right words.
The bad news: Telling stories is hard work. The good news: It’s all about skills you can develop. It’s quite simple: Start off with fireworks and then ramp up. In our storytelling workshops, we help you to work with suspense, develop a gripping story line and create credible characters. A radio story told well creates a world in the head of your audience. To achieve this goal, work like a composer, get natural sound when reporting, don’t shy away from using music and put extra effort in combining sound, music, people’s statements and text. We’ll help you to realize how it works.
The best interviews stem from authentic encounters. They are more than a talk or a back-and-forth of arranged questions and answers. We teach you when to tighten the reins and how to read between the lines in order to achieve your interview goals. Of course, it’s vital that you have a goal. That also holds true for journalistic research. As Charlie Skinner, director of ACN News Division, put it: „Balance is bullshit.“ He’s a fictional character from The Newsroom, but it works. Alleged balance often serves as an excuse for improper journalistic research. Stay calm, use your brain before the search engine or the phone, and identify the right question.