Judith Vonberg

Until October 2018 I worked as a freelance journalist on the digital news team in the London bureau of CNN International, where I began as an intern in January 2017. In early 2018, I also worked as a freelance news writer at The Independent.

From June to September 2017, I was a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This involved writing news stories, producing distinctive features, analysis pieces and graphics-led articles, and working closely with colleagues in Berlin and with the CNN Style and Travel teams.

My articles on migration, Anglo-German relations and European culture have also been published by The Guardian, New Statesman and BuzzFeed and I have appeared on BBC TV World News and BBC Radio Scotland discussing the refugee crisis.

I also have a doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which I received in 2017. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

I now work as a Communications Officer for Migrant Voice, a London-based charity that seeks to change the media narrative on migration by empowering migrants and refugees to tell their stories.

United Kingdom



Snapchat gets political: Filter urges UK users to register to vote

"Find your voice!" says a command, "Register to vote by 22nd May!" The feature on the social media app will be available for 48 hours for UK users. The aim is to reach young...


101-year-old skydiver sets new record

Bryson William 'Verdun' Hayes, known as Verdun, completed the record-breaking jump Sunday. He skydived for the very first time a year ago to celebrate his 100th birthday. "Last...


Straw draw decides UK local election result

In a tightly fought contest between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates for the final seat on the local council, the winner was decided by drawing straws. The...


Britain's young royals open up about mental health

The video, filmed at Kensington Palace earlier this week, is part of the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end the stigma around mental health. The three young royals have...


How UK papers reacted to snap election

How did today's newspapers respond? Celebrating the announcement as a "stunning move," the Daily Mail, a right-wing tabloid paper, published an image of a steely-eyed Theresa...


UK Prime Minister Theresa May to seek early election

In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was seeking a vote on June 8, less than halfway through the government's five-year term. Opposition parties said they...


Coca-Cola UK HQ blocked by sculpture protest

The campaign group said the sculpture, which depicts an idyllic family beach scene interrupted by birds choking on plastic, was intended to highlight what it claimed were...


Exiting Europe: How the UK got here

A letter was delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, and not just any letter. This one, signed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, has triggered Article 50 and officially kicked off...


Stephen Hawking: 'I may not be welcome' in Trump's America

British scientist Stephen Hawking fears he "may not be welcome" in the United States now that Donald Trump is President. In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain on...


Cold War guide to surviving nuclear attack reissued

A stark guide to surviving a nuclear blast that was first published during the dark days of the Cold War is being reissued by the Imperial War Museum in London. The 1980...


Queen marks 65 years on British throne

Her Sapphire Jubilee has being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London's Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The...


MI6: The real life Q is a woman

Speaking at the Women in IT Awards in London on Wednesday night, MI6 chief Alex Younger, known as C, encouraged more women to join the intelligence services. "The real-life Q is...

Refugees Deeply

'Refugee History' Platform Offers Lessons for the Current Crisis

Historians frustrated by simplistic comparisons between refugee crises past and present have set up a platform to delve deeper into historical parallels and differences. Its...

Science & health

The Independent

Spacecraft's final images before smashing into Saturn released by Nasa

Before smashing into Saturn last September, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft sent back some of the most spectacular images of the planet ever seen. Now Nasa has revealed an image...

The Independent

Scientists think they may have solved the mystery of what killed up to 15 million Aztecs

Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico's Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in...

The Independent

Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds

The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes has led to a significant reduction in violent crime in several US states bordering Mexico, according to new research. The...


The far-fetched fixes for climate change

In the battle against climate change, efforts to reduce emissions of harmful gases like carbon dioxide have consumed most of the headlines. But many scientists say that simply...


Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for cryo-electron microsopy

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as the Zika virus.


Large ice sheet 'very close' to breaking away from Antarctica

A rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has grown by 10.5 miles in the last six days, according to UK scientists working on Project MIDAS. It will create one of the...