Julia Hackober

Freelance journalist, author, presenter

What drives you?
Journalistic curiosity! I find pretty much every topic interesting at first.

The best advice you’ve ever received?
“You can”: I think it is very, very important to be encouraged by those around you again and again in order to build up a belief in yourself.

What are you currently learning that you’re not so good at yet?
I don’t always get so upset when something annoys me — whether in private or on the big social stage.

What would you change if you had the power?
Closing the gender pay gap.

What superheroine power would you like to have?
Flying à la Wonder Woman. Travelling (i.e. taking the train, flying, driving) always makes me rather nervous, so I would welcome any opportunity to get from A to B more quickly and easily. 

Julia Hackober

Freelance journalist, author, presenter

Julia Hackober lives in Berlin and is a freelance journalist, author and presenter.

She studied European Studies and Cultural Journalism in Eichstätt, Malmö and Berlin. From 2014 to 2022, she worked as an editor at WELT, where she helped set up the digital lifestyle section Iconist. In 2022, she decided to go freelance and has been writing about style, culture, travel and society for various media such as WELT am Sonntag, Die Presse, Stern.de and Emotion ever since.

She has made a name for herself in the German-speaking media scene as a “critical lifestyle” voice; she likes to take an in-depth look at phenomena from champagne feminism to gorpcore, often with subtle irony. This makes her a welcome interview guest on radio and TV programmes about current pop-cultural phenomena – from the “Harry Potter” mania of the millennials to the outfits of Oscar night.

Julia gained experience in front of the microphone and camera during her time at WELT, where she hosted the very first podcast and numerous events and panel talks (ICONISTA Award, Better Future Conference); however, she also likes to try her hand at indie formats such as the hobby video podcast Mach doch mal! from styleproofed TV.

And what else is important? Julia’s short stories are published by Rowohlt, among others. She has been sending out the essay newsletter SUNDAY DELIGHT since 2022. As a content consultant, she also advises publishers and companies on strategic content issues.

Julia is a member of the mentoring network FeMentor and is involved in the initiative pics4peace e.V. to promote democracy among young adults. In 2023 she is a member of the jury for the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalism.

Topics

trends and fashions,society and life, pop and celebrity culture, influencer culture, luxury

 

 

Languages

German, English

Formats

Impulse lectures
Panel talks
Workshops
Moderation
Podcasts

ReferenCES

  • Moderation of the video podcast “Mach doch mal! The hobby vodcast” for styleproofedTV
  • Moderation of the ICONISTA AWARDS 2021
  • Panel moderation BETTER FUTURE CONFERENCE of WELT AM SONNTAG 2021: Can fair fashion change the world?
  • Live podcast moderation at the BETTER FUTURE CONFERENCE of WELT AM SONNTAG 2020: Power of words – How do we talk about women and careers?
  • Interactive live session at the EMPEX Festival for New Work in Berlin: How much emotion is allowed in the office?
  • Live podcast THE REAL WORD in cooperation with Timberland in Berlin: Work-life balance
  • Panel moderation at the WELT Luxury Conference in Munich: Millennials in the luxury industry
  • Moderation of the World Class Bartender Competition (livestream)
  • Talk in the podcast “Lakonisch elegant” by Deutschlandfunk Kultur: “Millennials in the midlife crisis – is that all there is?”
  • Panel participation in digital live event “Freelancing in journalism” for freelancer platform MALT
  • Podcast “PR Karussell” with Henrike Redecker: How do you work as a freelance journalist?
  • “Harry Potter” mania: interview on SWR 2 Kultur about a cultural phenomenon
  • WELT TV: Live review of the Oscar night
  • Panel at Safer Internet Day 2020 in Berlin: Influencers’ power of opinion
  • Interview on the generation gap between baby boomers and millennials on Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Interview with Deutschlandfunk Nova on the topic of lookism

What drives you?
Journalistic curiosity! I find pretty much every topic interesting at first.

The best advice you’ve ever received?
“You can”: I think it is very, very important to be encouraged by those around you again and again in order to build up a belief in yourself.

What are you currently learning that you’re not so good at yet?
I don’t always get so upset when something annoys me — whether in private or on the big social stage.

What would you change if you had the power?
Closing the gender pay gap.

What superheroine power would you like to have?
Flying à la Wonder Woman. Travelling (i.e. taking the train, flying, driving) always makes me rather nervous, so I would welcome any opportunity to get from A to B more quickly and easily. 

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