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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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New Submissions!

Today I am a happy editor! I received creative writing submissions I did not ask for!!

As some of you may know, I am editor-in-chief of HOWL Magazine, Continue reading

Information Placebo

Is Free Any Good? In Print?
For five weeks I have been receiving Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) for free. The weird thing is that since I get a printed paper, my online news reading time has gone down. While I am also working three jobs, there’s something else at work here:

The Placebo Effect:
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Freelance Writing, The Press Pass and the Art of Getting “In”

The A-B-P of Passing for a Journalist

“So you’re a journalist, eh? Can you prove that?”

Does that question sound familiar to you?
I’ve heard it numerous times since I am a freelance writer for a local newspaper here in Germany. And I have been denied access to places and information that would have been relevant to my reporting, mostly when I was onto a story that was not an assignment. There are several tricks you can try, but none of them are foolproof:

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The Art of Missing (news) – Can Newspapers Afford it?

Monday night, “Lobo-Night”, two worlds that rarely meet clashed (and united) in a concrete paper storage basement of Rhein-Zeitung Continue reading

Los Twitteros – The Thrill of Crime and Journalism

Isn’t it interesting? Just when I found a way to keep myself involved (and I mean like really really into it involved) with my internship – it ends 😉

Friday was my last day at the “Mainzer Rhein-Zeitung“. I’ll continue to write of course, but no more non-payed work from now.

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If Gutenberg lived for one day…

What if Johannes Gutenberg, the good ol’ Johnny G. was still alive?
Yesterday, his statue was brought back to his home city: Mainz, Germany – only one day after the 542nd anniversary of his death.

What would you tell Johnny, if he was alive today? Since I’m still interning RZMainz (this is my last week), I asked their followers what they would tell the inventor of the printing press:

Read the full article in German:

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