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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:


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 ( als Co-Autor, Kameramann und Co-Cutter.

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 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. Both of us did the raw editing and we had professional help for the finish.

Video: Camera Durability Test

I produced this video for Stiftung Warentest (compare to “Which?” (UK) or “Consumer Reports” (USA) during my traineeship, where I spent three months in the Press Office.

I was fascinated by how many steps a single product went through during tests and also by the kind of tests that were done. I wanted to give people an idea what a product goes through during the tests. What better way than to tell the story from the Point of View of the product itself?

Here’s the journey of a Nikon 1 AW 1 during the durability test:

Teaser (English translation):
It hurts even to look at it. Products have to endure a lot at Stiftung Warentest if they want to prove themselves. The Nikon 1 AW 1 survived the durability test. We went along on the camera’s journey.
This is where the original test is:

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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