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Video: Rocky Journalism – Being a Reporter on a Ship (Interview)

Grit is a reporter for Deutsche Welle’s “Made In Germany” and loves to go on ships. She told me what is so special and challenging about being a reporter on a ship, right before she went on a tug boat!

The mini-interview is part of a #MadeInGermany special on Hamburg (#MadeInHamburg). Here is the entire show:


What Do Young Journalists Need for the Future? (audio, German)

Preparing next generation journalists

EMS_LogoNewspapers and news agencies are closing down. The media crisis has reached Germany. Still, many young people want to be journalists. The Electronic Media School in Potsdam offered a traineeship in the fall of 2013 once again. How will the head of training Michael Neugebauer prepare the next generation of future journalists? Paul-Christian Britz has found out.

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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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Workshop Recherche-Grundlagen: Tag 1 (UPDATE 10.10.2013)

Research is the base for every good news story. Since most of us are pretty early in our journalism careers at – 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).


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:

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 Winzern, die nicht mit Namen im Beitrag…

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Starting my traineeship PRAXIS4 at EMS Babelsberg

Practice will show…

If you want to be a journalist in Germany, you are. 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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Lessons from the Radio

Practical Tips

This is a collection of lessons I took from my one week in Public Radio. Feel free to use them as a reminder for yourself or to get started.

Getting quotes and sound bites:

  • red riding radio reporter

    red riding radio reporter

    Getting there by bike is ultimately more fun (especially when it rains, but that’s just me)

  • Test the level of your mike (pitching is bad, but worse is if your sound is too weak)
  • Check your batteries and have replacements! Seriously. Do it! Just DO IT!
  • Take three minutes before recording anything and think about your story line / concept. Once you have something in mind, you will roughly know what kind of quotes you are looking for.
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How to prepare yourself for your first radio story (with Resources)

Getting Radio Active

Ever wondered why they call it "sound bite"?

Ever wondered why they call it “sound bite”?

There are various reasons people get annoyed by me, but the one I am most proud of: I ask too many questions.

I can’t help it, I’m  curious. I want to know how things work, why people do what they do the way they do it. Or sometimes just: what they do!

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5 Good Tips for Producing TV Pieces

Last Monday, I started a reporter internship at SWR Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz, a local (statewide) newsy TV show with a human touch at public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (I’ve been working with them for two years now).

It’S been incredibly hard for me as – what other people would call a “digital native” to actually do online stuff within that week, but that’s another story.

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Make the Most of Free Data – How to Be a Data Journalist

Data! Come out come out wherever you are! © pcbritz

Today, on March 12th,  is “World Day against Cyber Censorship“,  a day to fight for online freedom of expression and the free exchange of information.

While the Cyber Censorship day was launched by Reporters without Borders in 2008 in order to fight censorship and allow free information and data worldwide, I present you with two “How-tos” today that will help you to take the next step:

Make the most of the data that has become available!

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Don’t Underestimate the Printed Web! – Lessons from the Library

Print is dead – online lives! Right?

The printed web: Books on investigative journalism, online journalism & digital life

You would think that with a growing online culture, actual printed books become less and less important. Well, at le

ast I thought so when I started the research for my thesis at the library this week… Continue reading