I’m a freelance journalist based in Berlin, Germany, and I have written for publications including British national newspaper the Daily Telegraph, news website MailOnline and German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

I previously worked in London as a reporter for the Daily Telegraph, where I also did shifts as night news editor, assistant news editor, online news editor and copytaster on the home news desk.

Prior to joining the Daily Telegraph, I worked as a senior reporter and business reporter at regional newspaper the Surrey Advertiser, covering science and nature, as well as the Guildford area in general. While there, I was responsible for the editorial side of the quarterly business supplement, Business News Extra. I also have experience of writing about healthcare, including medical research, from my time as a reporter covering clinical news for C+D magazine.

I was shortlisted for the Top scoop/exclusive award in the trainee category at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2011. My feature writing has also been recognised, and I won the award for Best Article About a Dutch Region at the Taste the Dutch Lifestyle Travel Writers Awards 2011.

With an NCTJ-accredited postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from Cardiff University under my belt, which I completed in 2008/2009, I passed the NCTJ’s senior journalism qualification, the NCE, in March 2011. As a result, I’m fully trained in media law and have 100wpm shorthand.

I enjoy writing features, news stories and analysis about topics ranging from politics and international affairs to science, health and technology. I’ve been trained to shoot and edit video footage, use online applications and social media, and enjoy photography.

I’m keen on languages and can speak advanced-level German (C2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR)), I have A-level-standard French, and I am also currently teaching myself Finnish (I’m a half-Finn).

© Melanie Hall 2017