A Patch of Heaven – Video Project

You would expect urban gardening projects in the hip and cool neighborhooods of Berlin, but in Wedding? Anja Manzke manages “Himmelbeet” (“patch of / in heaven”) and is getting it ready for its second season. The urban gardening project will have to show that it can last through the troubles of growing in a neglected neighborhood.The project founders have high hopes!

Max Schmutzer and I produced the video as part of our Praxis4 training at the EMS – Electronic Media School. His role was mostly editorial, mine was mostly camera work. We both did the raw editing and had professional help for the finish.

Trial Radio Piece: What Happens to the Foliage in Fall?

Here’s another practice work sample :)

Fall in Potsdam
Intro: The leaves turn brown, there’s no denying fall any longer. Could be a very pretty scene, if it wasn’t for all the foliage on the streets and sidewalks. That can be pretty annoying. So I went out in Potsdam to find out what happens to all the foliage. Continue reading

Reportage – The ONE thing you need to know!

What does it take to write a good reportage?

Last week, we Praxis4-trainees had one week to figure that out.

There are many things, you need to think about when tackling this format, the most important being…
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Reportage – “Rente verzockt”

Update: The school picked my piece to be featured on the school’s blog. Woot! 

This is a work sample – a piece on gambling for print I wrote during my Praxis4-traineeship in a workshop with Tagesspiegel-journalist Wolfgang Prosinger. Enjoy – and if you do, let me know ;)

Rente verzockt

Häkeln und stricken? Für Margarete* unerträglich langweilig. Die Rentnerin hat sich ein spannenderes Hobby gesucht – um die Einsamkeit im Alter zu bekämpfen. Margarete ist spielsüchtig. Continue reading

Workshop Recherche-Grundlagen: Tag 1 (UPDATE 10.10.2013)

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Research is the base for every good news story. Since most of us are pretty early in our journalism careers at http://www.praxis4.de – we had successful reporter and researcher Max Ruppert give us an introduction. Here are his presentation and thoughts (sorry, in German) from the seminar. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask (him or me).

Originally posted on MaxMedienBlog:

Vom 1. bis 3. Oktober 2013 leite ich einen Workshop für angehende Journalistinnen und Journalisten an der electronic media school in Potsdam-Babelsberg, meiner ehemaligen Ausbildungsstätte. Fürdie sechs Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern des Volontärsprogramms praxis4 geht es um eine Einführung in klassische Recherche-Grundsätze, wie “hartnäckig bleiben”, “aktives Zuhören” oder “von außen nach innen recherchieren” und um Grundlagen der Online-Recherche.

Hier, im Blog, veröffentliche ich die Präsentationen, die ich im Rahmen der drei Tage gezeigt habe und stehe gern für weitere Diskussionen und Anregungen in den Kommentaren zur Verfügung.


Und hier einige Recherche-Grundsätze, die wir nach einer Fact-Checking-Übung und der Analyse von Reportage-Geschichten aus Thomas Leifs Buch “Mehr Leidenschaft Recherche” aufgestellt haben:

Recherche-Grundsätze nach dem ersten Workshop-Tag

Gute Ausbeute: Recherche-Grundsätze nach dem ersten Workshop-Tag

Juristische Frage zu eidesstattlichen Erklärungen in der Recherche

Eine juristische Frage kam auf, als wir die Recherche-Geschichte “Die Weinkönige” des ehemaligen Vorsitzenden des Netzwerks Recherche, Thomas Leif, diskutierten. Er hatte sich von…

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Starting my traineeship PRAXIS4 at EMS Babelsberg

Practice will show…

If you want to be a journalist in Germany, you can. It’s as easy as that. The term “journalist” is not protected.

The P4-Team: Future consumer and economy journalists

Anyone can be a journalist (even we, ha! ;)).

If you want to be a good and / or successful journalist however, there’s hardly a way around …

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Audio: Ingress – Crossing the Digital Border

The virtual reality of Google Ingress

The virtual reality of Google Ingress

Where is the border between the digital and the “real” world?

It can be right in your hands!

I recently went out for a report in order to search that border. Instead, I found Mario, an experienced Level-8 Ingress player who showed me around in the game and in his digital and augmented reality while moving seamlessly between the digital and analog worlds.

Here’s the little audio story that came out of it (German).


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