changes in journalism

Smart phones, smarter reporting?

 They're everywhere, and almost everyone has one. Perhaps even your grandmother.

It's no secret that smart phones have changed the way journalists work.

It has also changed the way the public can engage with mainstream media, or produce their own content.

Anyone with a smart phone can upload their "cats behaving badly" videos to You Tube, but the smart phone revolution has also played a crucial role in defending the rights of the oppressed.

Capture and upload - it's never been easier.

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Free Smartphone Video Tutorials

Within the last couple of years mobile devices have become so powerful, that you can not only shoot but also edit video footage with them. As a journalist it is good to be aware of the marvelous tool you have got in your pocket. To show you some possibilities when shooting video, here are a few tutorials I did on my Youtube Channel.

The first one shows five basic tricks for shooting video in a talking head situation. You can also learn some german here. No worries, it is subtitled:

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The State of the Media #2 - Do your own Ethics code

The circumstances and conditions under which journalist are working can widely differ. But no matter how diverse our daily routines may be, we often face similar moral questions and dilemmas. How do I deal with interview partners that demand money? Is it correct to accept a free travel offer? Can I post a photo on social media that some of my viewers and readers may find offending?

Big media companies usually have a code of conduct and clearly defined rules. But that is not always the case for smaller businesses, digital nomads or freelancers working on their own.

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The State of the Media - a mobile video series

During my twelve years as a documentary filmmaker there is only one thing I could have been sure of all the time: Change. Especially when it comes to technology. 

When I think of the washed out video material my first DV-Camcorder was delivering I can hardly imagine that this was the standard in video journalism less than ten years ago. Since then the technical challenges you had to face in the process of filmmaking  have become less and less.

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Top Ten: Best moments, stories and lessons of a 9 weeks journey

Top Ten: Best moments, stories and lessons of a 9 weeks journey
Even though all the WPI fellows are used to figure out hard questions in a couple of seconds, none of us has been able to give a suitable answer to a very simple one: What did you like the most of this trip? Tons of memories come back and forth and most of us claim that we haven’t had time enough to process and organize the lessons we have learned in this journey. For my last blog, I offer you an overview on some of the remarkable moments and stories that I’m planning to share with colleagues and friends when I return back to Venezuela.

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The Vital Leap of Faith into the World of Zeroes and Ones

The Vital Leap of Faith into the World of Zeroes and Ones

NEW YORK and MIAMI.

“Washington, Paris... are you there?”

At the stroke of ten the editor of the New York Times checks the audio connection to the major bureaus from a crowded meeting room at the paper's headquarter on 8th Avenue in New York.

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Best group ever

Journalists are supposed to be able to write easily and smoothly, without any forced effort, even when we don't have much to say. Yeah right! That’s only the way it’s supposed to be. Here I am, almost at the end of one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I should be writing for the blog like every other fellow on tprogram, but my mind is empty. It should be just the opposite.

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Media as charity

“You won’t find the name Kardashian on our website,” MinnPost’s executive editor Andrew Putz said. We were sitting in a circle in a Minneapolis warehouse where MinnPost, an online news outlet for the Minnesota area, has its offices. MinnPost is a non-profit media organisation that depends on grants and donations for a large chunk of its income. The site offers daily updates with mainly background stories and analyses, serving a highly educated public who also read The New Yorker and the New York Times (and generally couldn’t care less about the Kardiashians).

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"Great to be in this business..." Head of non-profit media outlet professes

"Great to be in this business..." Head of non-profit media outlet professes

"Great to be in this business, chaos is good, disruption is good":Evans Smith,CEO and Editor- in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, a nonprofit media organization in Austin,Texas.

It was one of three nonprofit media houses we visited during our tour.Indeed I can say business is good, when I get millions as seed grant to start my dream. As for chaos and disruption, well as long as these two are in existence, with the money they have and the caliber of staff, there is no excuse to fail.

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