Blogging Contest Winners: Alexander Drößler, James Jordan, and others!

The blog competition for MU students on the topic of “Germany in Europe” is over and we have some winners!

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In First Place is Alexander Drößler, a Journalism Student here at MU and a recipient of a year-long scholarship to study here from the German-American Fulbright Commission. Hosted on his own personal blog, his post takes a closer look at the pedestal upon which some Americans have placed Germany in terms of its involvement in the EU. While Germany is often praised for its role in the Euro crisis and its pioneering role in using renewable energy, Alexander calls into question all-too rosy perceptions of German domestic and foreign policy.

In Second Place is James Jordan, who is a senior at MU majoring in international business and a student this semester in the 4820 WebBlogging in Cultural Context Course. His blog addresses Germany’s position in the European automotive industry. He looks at the successes of companies like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz over other European firms such as Italy’s Fiat group. He goes on to show how while Fiat is treading water, they are catching on to what makes German auto companies work and is trying to emulate them.

Tied for Third Place are Rachel Alvord and Josephine Peterson. Rachel is a German Major at MU and a student this semester in the 4820 WebBlogging in Cultural Context Course. In Rachel’s post she interviews Dagmar Bazzoni, who grew up in Germany in the years directly after the Second World War. In this interview, Rachel asks Bazzoni to reflect on her childhood and on similarities between recent events in Russia, the Ukraine, and Krimea, and the expansionism of Nazi Germany.

Josephine is a Convergence Journalism and French Major with a German minor, and she has her own blog, entitled A Cup of Europe: the Ins-and-Outs of Europe. Her blog post explains why German women have played such a large role in the country since World War II. After WWII a shortage of men forced women to enter the workforce and think for themselves instead of relying on men for income. Peterson argues that that created a liberal attitude toward women’s rights, but also that gender politics were different on east and west sides of the Berlin Wall.

And a special consolation prize for Comic Irreverence goes to Natalie Kirst, who is a Sophomore Journalism Major at the University of Missouri and a student this semester in the 4820 WebBlogging in Cultural Context Course. Natalie’s humorous post relates her attempts to create a classic German dessert – the Black Forest Cherry Cake. From cheating (shh, don’t tell!) to perfect cake flips, Natalie takes her readers through her experience with this moist masterpiece, letting them know just why this is one of her all time favorites.

Thanks to all the entrants in the contest!

Students entering the contest were to address Germany’s political, cultural, or historical role in Europe and the European Union. Questions about Germany’s role in Europe have generated lively debates about history, technology and cybersecurity, economic turbulence, gender, and culture and the arts, and student bloggers were welcome to address any of these topics as well as one of their choosing.

The competition and the broader Campus Weeks at MU are sponsored by the German Information Center (, the German Embassy, and the MU Department of German and Russian Studies.

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