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.
It was a packed and interesting day at the Correctiv offices on Saturday, 30 April.
After an introductory round, two panels were staged. Panel one discussed how civil society depends on free expression and freedom of the press, while panel two concentrated on the power of journalism to uncover critical issues in communities through deep investigative reporting, art and community engagement.
You can view the panels again in the video stream below, including an introduction by the hosts and organisers.
Thereafter (and having consumed tons of pizza) groups were formed to develop ideas that covered various topics / features with the goal of coming up with new, innovative journalistic services or offers. I opted for a team that had the ambition to make EU funding more transparent. Our working title: “Follow the Subsidies”. After about 4 hours of intensive discussions, drafts, concept-development and planning, all groups presented their ideas in a 5-minute pitching session. These can be viewed in the video below.
Much to our team’s surprise, the jury chose our idea and concept as a winner – by narrow margin though, but nevertheless. (If you click on the image below, the video with our winning presentation will start playing).
A great event with lots of new ideas and inspiration closed formally at 6.30 pm. But surely (and hopefully), some of the ideas developed will be pursued in some form or another.
Below, I have inserted more info and links about the event.
About TechRaking Berlin by CIR