New York Times correspondent Raphael Minder, analyses the profession of international journalism

UPF Barcelona School of Management’s Master in International Politics Journalism received a guest visit from Raphael Minder, New York Times correspondent for Spain and Portugal. Minder travelled to Barcelona to cover news of the Catalan Parliamentary vote on independence, but found the time to address the students studying the Master in International Politics Journalism, directed by Christopher Tulloch.

Minder answered questions from students on the professional and personal aspects relating to a foreign correspondent post, and more specifically related to the complex journalistic task involved in covering Spain and Portugal during such controversial political times as those that are happening right now. Vividly explained with illustrative examples and anecdotes, Minder revealed how he ended up as correspondent for the most influential newspaper in the world, described his typical working day, explained his sources of information, and talked about the most surprising and challenging aspects of his work.

Born in Geneva, Raphael Minder has been a full time journalist since 1993, when he began working in Switzerland for Bloomberg News. He was correspondent for 10 years for the Financial Times in Paris, Brussels, Sydney, and finally in Hong Kong as correspondent for Asia. An Oxford University graduate in politics, philosophy and economy, he also has a Master from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. Raphael has always worked in English, but he is also fluent in French, German, and Spanish.