So....today was amazing.
She has been here for 5+ years (the exact number slips my mind) and it all started off with a trip that was supposed to be for a semester. She spoke about some of her most interesting work with local brothels in the city, and the subsequent piece she did on prostitution. Here in Berlin it is a legal job with the same legitimacy as any other profession. Her report on the mystique lifestyle is an interesting read: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2009/jun/17/sex-selling-less-amid-economic-downturn/223707/
She kept it real with the expectations of a journalist and the truth of the industry. The topic that I loved was about who the person you are can and will alter your experience as a reporter. For example she mentioned how in one instance she could be super intimidating to a person she is interviewing, and in the same day have someone look at her as a lowly reporter. She mentioned that in certain situations being a person of color could make the people you are interviewing more comfortable depending on the situation, but there may also be people who think you are only there because of your color. It can be a curse and blessing but you have to be prepared for these things. Being a woman in journalist she has dealt with derogatory things being thrown her way because of her gender.