Posts Tagged ‘ business ’

Video (German): Of Bumpers and Meatballs

What’s yummy food got to do with car production? In order for it to come out hot and just as ordered, you’ll have to do a lot of pre-planning: What color? Do you want leather seats? The tough bumper or the sporty one? The more the production process is streamlined, the cheaper the car will be.

Students at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are developing software to optimize this process. And it works both in the assembly line and the kitchen!

(Deutsche Übersetzung, siehe unten)

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Video (German): Germany’s first Bitcoin-ATM

Berlin has Germany’s first Bitcoin ATM. So how does it work and uhm… what’s Bitcoin again?


Produced during my traineeship, March 2014, as co-author, cameraman and co-cutter.

In Berlin steht Deutschlands erster Bitcoin-Automat. Doch wie funktioniert der und ehm…was waren nochmal Bitcoins?
Produziert im März 2014 an der Electronic Media School, Potsdam im Rahmen meines Volontariats (praxis4.de) als Co-Autor, Kameramann und Co-Cutter.

Business Cards – Networking and Brand Identity

One of the things I learned during my time in the US is that business success comes with good presentation and networking. Most journalists, however, do not think of themselves as a business or a brand.


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Tweeting on the Next Level: Best Practices for Journalists, Businesses and Organizations

The Twitter Book

There are plenty of Twitter books out there. Many trying to make a quick buck from the Twitter hype.

What is lacking so far on the scene is serious help that brings people beyond the early stages.

At the University of Washington, Kathy Gill and her students in the “Twitter Class” are compiling a book not only on best practices, but also want to give examples for businesses and organizations. O course, the conversation is on Twitter (hashtag #uwtwtrbook). I spent Tuesday night in their class room, listening in on the conversation. (Full disclosure: I was Kathy’s student in a Digital Journalism class at UW on the Future of News spring quarter)

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Video-Story recap

My story is about spot.us, an online platform launched in the fall of 2008 that helps to finance journalists on certain stories by crowd funding. Crowd funding is one of the many new ways Journalists are exploring to keep Journalism alive and maintain a living. I mainly use an interview with David Cohn, the founder of spot.us to relate the company to the future of news. Continue reading

Story – boarding

Currently preparing story board for the piece on community-funded journalism. Check out David Cohn’s answers beforehand here

Story: Spot.us example of crowd-funded journalism, one of new biz models.
Here goes the plan for the video with the very roughly estimated time.

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Conversation 1.9

Starting the conversation

Both The Clue Train Manifesto and Mark Brigge in “Journalism 2.0” talk about the “conversation” that has been started on the internet. What they are referring to are the new ways in which people communicate with each other. When comunication used to be linear from one side to the other, the times have changed. Rather than in a hierarchical structure, conversations are open for participation today on the internet. As the Manifesto states: “hyperlinks subvert hierarchy”.

What the Clue Train Manifesto laments is that this model has yet to reach the majority of businesses. It claims that many companies are still living in a world of paranoia trying to reveal information from their customers and maintain their monopoly status. The manifesto adresses thus a growing distance between producer and consumer that runs counter to the achievements of the global network. The Cluetrain calls to action asking companies to engage in the conversation with consumers and support the trend that will break their neck as businesses if they miss it.

A similar call for adjustment comes from Brigge. Rather than lamenting the fact that some people are still “not getting it”, he writes a “how-to” for all those interested in learning about the new “conversation”. He brings the issue to the attention of journalists and tries to familiarize them with the newest platforms that have developed in the world of web2.0, where “it is all open”.

The News Conversation

Both the manifesto and Brigge stress one key aspect of the recent development in society: The break-up of traditional a traditional linear structure or as Brigge puts it: “We send, they receive”.

For me as both a consumer and producer of news, this development is a double-edged sword.

On the producer end, I must admit I am somewhat worried about this development. Although I appreciate the feedback and the fact that it has become very simple to produce, the number of producers has drastically increased. This makes it harder to find an audience and be recognized as a producer right now while I’m a student. As a professional it will make it harder to earn money from the production. Of course, good journalists will stand out and do better than others, but I am not yet self-confident enough to place myself with those who are sure they will stay afloat during this time of experimentation.

On the consumer end, I am grateful but also confused about the new developments.

I take it as positive that I am able to participate in the process of news making. Not only is it easier to make my own news, I can also collaborate in the news others break. I can comment on a job well-done to encourage succeeding pieces and by entering the “conversation”, I can contribute to the knowledge of others. It creates a sense of community rather than being restricted to a critical, but powerless consumer.

The negative side of it is that it has become harder to find out what is worth consuming. With everbody and their grandmother being able to produce, a lot of pieces out there lack sufficient quality. On thing the new generation of consumers will have to learn is how to succesfully filter the available information and efficiently judge the quality of news reporting available.

Conversation Reloaded

Although the current situation is not yet ideal and has its bugs (thus Conversation 1.9), I look upon the developments with a positive attitude. Although I have no idea about how a journalist is supposed to live off his profession in this new environment, it is generally an environment that brings people closer together and create connections that had been lost or had not even be there before. These connections are a stepping-stone to mutual understanding all over the world.