I’m Grace Dobush, an American-born freelance journalist based in Germany and operating worldwide. My current work tends to fall in the intersection of business, technology and politics. Want to know more? Browse through my work and get in touch. You can email me at email@example.com.
Tech and business journalism
- Marker: Why There’s No Room for Startups in Berlin (January 2020)
- Marker: Uber’s Real Advantage is Data (September 2019)
- HuffPost: The Brutal Reality of Being the World’s Best Recycler (July 2019)
- Fortune: McDonald’s New Meatless Burger Is Aimed at a Different Kind of Eater: The Part-Time Vegan (June 2019)
- Fortune: Germany’s 5G Spectrum Auctions Are Underway—And They’re Being Powered by Fax Machines (March 2019)
- Handelsblatt Global: Why Germany’s two-tier health insurance system is so complicated (July 2018)
- Handelsblatt Global: Expats beware: Germany uses dodgy tactics to snatch church tax (May 2018)
- Handelsblatt Global: The Berlin way of urbanization (April 2018)
- CSM Passcode: How Social Security numbers became skeleton keys for fraudsters (November 2016)
- Quartz: Nicaraguans are using crowdsourcing technology to prove that a good map can change your life (July 2016)
- Quartz: The Secret World of Membership Libraries (January 2016)
- Quartz: China is probably not producing 7 million tons of asparagus a year (May 2015)
I love digging through data to tease out the most interesting stories. I’ve worked with the designers at Wired to create a number of infographics for their print edition:
- Wired: High Rent Epicenters infographic (January 2016)
- Wired: Storm Warning infographic (August 2015)
- Wired Magazine: Science satellite infographic (March 2015)
Magazine and newspaper editing
Copy editing comes naturally to me, and I sharpened my skills in the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing program, which sent me to the Pocono Record, in Stroudsburg, Pa., for a summer. After graduating from Kent State’s journalism school, I worked at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a copy editor and paginator (and I talked my way into writing a weekly column for a year).
From there, I went to F+W Media in Cincinnati, where I worked on the staffs of Family Tree Magazine, and The Artist’s Magazine, and later the design magazines HOW and Print. After I went freelance in 2012, I also stepped in as a maternity-cover managing editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and was a freelance copy editor for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. Most recently I worked part-time in the English-language newsroom of Handelsblatt, Germany’s business daily.
Auch auf deutsch
I’m fully fluent in German, and I’ve done English-to-German translation for news outlets including Handelsblatt and dpa, as well as for private clients. I also occasionally write in German:
- Make Magazin: Smogware: Kunst mit Feinstaubbelastung (February 2020)
- Make Magazin: Vom Abfall zum Einfall (January 2020)
- Make Magazin: Mit dem Fabmobil durch Sachsen (August 2019)
- Make Magazin: Fix und fertig: Reparatur für die Zukunft (September 2019)
Corporate content work
I’ve worked on content projects for companies and organizations including Cisco, Mozilla, Autodesk, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Tech Association, Germany Trade and Invest, and Robert Half International. Ghostwriting, creating PowerPoint presentations, writing white papers, editing blog posts, contributing to book projects — I’ve done it all.
CRAFT, DIY AND DESIGN WRITING
I ran a small bookbinding and printmaking indie craft business from 2002 to 2016, and I’ve written about the design, DIY and craft industries for years.
- Communication Arts: Profile of design studio Clever°Franke (September 2020)
- Communication Arts: Profile of design studio Huncwot (April 2020)
- Craft Industry Alliance: Don’t Like Etsy’s Big Changes? Etsy Will Make You Learn to Love Them (November 2019)
- OZY: A Big Bus of Creativity Visits Rural German Kids (November 2019)
- Handelsblatt Global: Fraktur and the psychology of type (September 2018)
- Handelsblatt Global: Fabric by Design, on Demand (July 2017)
- Quartz: Crafter’s paradise: The US creativity market is a $44 billion industry (April 2017)
- Wired.com: How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul (February 2015)
- Print Magazine: Diplomatic Design (October 2014)
Inspired by my crafting years, I wrote the Crafty Superstar business guides for part-time crafters, and I co-founded the Crafty Supermarket craft show in Cincinnati and the Midwest Craft Con craft business conference in Columbus.
Creative writing and humor
I’m currently finishing my first novel and starting to plot out a second. During lockdown, I’ve been publishing a monthly satirical newspaper called The Strange Times. Aside from that snippet, TST only exists in analog. Email me to get on the mailing list.
- Handelsblatt Global: The German war against drafts (July 2018)
- Writer’s Digest: Writing Wanderlust (November 2017)
- Quartz: South by Southwest is officially, aggressively normcore (March 2016)
- Quartz: South By Free Stuff (March 2015)
- Wired Magazine: A Funnier Spelling Bee (June 2013)
- HOW: Video: Shit Graphic Designers Say (January 2012)
- McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Titles from The Baby-sitters Club: The College Years Series (June 2009)