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Intro to this blog

This blog contains mostly work-related things – media stuff that is.

By clicking onto the tabs above in the navigation, you can find out more about what I got/get up to work-wise, presentations I gave, things I published plus the usual disclaimer. More in a static way.

Here, I publish whatever comes to my mind on top of everything else, whenever I feel like it and have time.

Please be aware though that my main (full-time) job is at Deutsche Welle in the Innovations Projects Unit. Some (or rather a lot) of the stuff included here is somehow related to or part of that engagement.

Talk at “Correcting Images 2016” / Bildkorrekturen Leipzig

Myself @bildkorrekturen. Image Sabine Witt

Myself @bildkorrekturen. Image Sabine Witt

On 19 November I spoke at the conference “Correcting Images 2016: Digitalisation and Development”  in Leipzig. The title of my 1-hour speech (I know that’s long, but judging by comments and feedback received afterwards the audience found it interesting and worth waking up – and then staying awake – for :): Social Media Content for Journalism and News Reporting: Benefits and Challenges – Focus on Verification.

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Organising and moderating a workshop on social newsgathering and UGC verification


Round table discussion. Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

Last week was a busy week! Had a project meeting in Athens from 14-14 September, followed by a REVEAL workshop that I organised with my dear colleagues Nikos Sarris and Eva Jaho of ATC’s iLab and moderated myself. It was all very much worth it! Lots of very positive feedback, and many inspiring takeaways (and I am not referring to the food here, but rather food for thought!). I sum it all up in an article that appeared on the REVEAL project website first, and then was re-posted – with minor modifications – on the DW Innovation Blog. So if you want to find out more: check it out! Or see the Twitter hashtag #smvw16 for comments and feedback about the event.

Back after the Break – Hanover next (5 September)

The summer break is sort of over. After a bit of time off, I am getting back into the swing of things. This includes picking up where I left off a few weeks ago, plus a few new speaking assignments.

My next public appearance will be on 5 September when I’ll be speaking at the First International SoBigData Workshop in Hanover, Germany. The event is hosted in conjunction with the TPDL 2016 conference (TPDL, by the way, stands for “Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries”.

I was asked to speak on the importance and value, plus prospective challenges, of big data in news and the newsroom. Something I have been dealing with for some time… So if you fancy coming along (the event is free of charge) let’s meet in Hanover on 5 September. I’ll be on stage at 1.30 pm (right after lunch…), and my presentation is entitled “Handling the Truth: UGC Data in News. Benefits & Challenges”.  See you there?

UPDATE: it’s over now. I talked to about 45 people and got quite some positive feedback. Seems like the hardcore R&D community is always eager to hear some real-life examples, showing what is happening “on the shop floor.” Good new contacts established, too.

REVEAL workshop on 16 September 2016

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

On Friday 16 September 2016 the REVEAL project consortium, in which I am involved, is hosting a one day workshop south of Athens, Greece, in which participants will raise and discuss various aspects of social media verification. This includes showcasing how technology can aid in the process, discuss existing challenges, and point to possible solutions. All this with a cear view to journalistic and news media needs and requirements.

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Big Data and UGC Verification in Malaysia



It’s hot and sticky outside, but cool and refreshing inside. I am in Putrajaya, Malaysia, where I just finished my talk on “Big Data in Media and its Implications for Journalism”. It’s part of the EU-SEA Big Data Summit 2016, organised by the EC co-funded project Connect2SEA.  On 4 May, and in addition to the conference participation on 5-6 May, I gave a workshop presentation about UGC verification. All went well. And I am too tired and exhausted now to write more about it. If you want to find out more and get some impressions of the past few days, see some of my Tweets on Twitter to get an idea of what I have been up to.



Malaysia and big (social media) data calling

Kuala Lumpur (CC0)

Kuala Lumpur (CC0)

This week, I’ll be in Malaysia. On Wednesday, 4 May, I’ll be conducting a two hour workshop / presentation entitled “Social media analytics, importance and challenges to assess the trustworthiness of information in social media”. In other words: I’ll be getting into verification of UGC and related issues. What I will present is largely based on the knowledge acquired in the course of the REVEAL project. The workshop is organised by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. It is part of the The Data Matters Series – Transforming Service Industry via Big Data Analytics.

On Thursday 6 May, I’ll then speak at the EU-South East Asia Big Data Summit. My talk at the 2-day conference, organised by the Connect2SEA Project, bears the title “Big Data in Journalism and its Role for the News Business”.

A busy week ahead. I’ll be tweeting about it under @jospang and, if it fits, @RevealEU.

TechRaking Berlin

Winning Team

Winning Team

On 30 April the Centre for Investigative Reporting staged its #TechRaking event in Berlin, together with Google News Lab and Correctiv. The aim of the day and format, launched in 2012: to “develop transformative ideas and solutions to challenges that communities have to face around the world – including those that specifically affect journalists in reporting news and information.” I thought I’d go along… and did.

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