On these pages you can find an overview of things I do professionally that are media-related. Things that may be of interest.
To start with: info about my work as a moderator is hosted on a completely different blog, which is linked here.
Other stuff I do, e.g. journalistically, can be found in all sorts of places and formats, such as in print, audiovisual stuff and on websites to which I contribute (e.g. of the projects I am involved in such as REVEAL).
Things I find worth sharing and writing about, for whatever reason, I try and publish in the Home section of this blog – time permitting. And as time is scarce, don’t expect too much on there …
Now let’s move to “the big picture”…
My main job since 2003 has been working at
Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster
I have been with Deutsche Welle for more than a decade. My tasks and roles there have mostly focussed on strategy development and subsequent implementation of digital media services, and co-ordination of and participation in research and innovation projects. The latter is something I am still involved in to this very day. We are still trying to predict the future, trial and test things out, fail often and start again. Above all, it’s a permanent learning exercise. And gets me to meet fascinating people, travel around and be surprised again and again. All reasons, why, after all these years, I still enjoy the work (well, let’s be honest here: most of it!) tremendously.
If you want to find out more and are seeking information about what we do in the Innovations Projects Unit, go and visit the pages on which we portray our projects, approaches and activities.
One of my current prime activities centres around the topic “Verification of user-generated content / eyewitness media”. I talk a lot about it at events and conferences, write about it (e.g. in papers, books and on other sites) and provide trainings and advice to journalists, media organisations and others interested in the topic (e.g. schools and those aiming to foster media literacy).
In addition to the above, I work as a
- BBC Broadcasting and Broadcasting in Britain
- Onlinestrategien und -konzepte
- International Media Systems – A Comparison
- International Broadcasting
- Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Age
- International Media
- Social Media Economics and Strategies
- Social Media: Biz and Buzz
- Innovations in News. Strategies, developments and economic implications
All in all, I enjoy lecturing and working with students a great deal. But it has to have its limits. So I try not to get involved more than with one course per year. And considering the pay (at least in Germany) I treat all this as a hobby…;). A worthwhile one, I have to say!
Another thing I do, when time permits and I am called upon, is work as a
Trainer for Deutsche Welle Akademie
For Deutsche Welle Akademie I conduct workshops in so-called “transformational countries” every now and then. Some of the courses I gave:
- Training for management staff of Voice of Vietnam. Topics: 1) Social Media and News; 2) Innovations in News; 3) Organisational Change (Management). Berlin, December 2015
- Training for journalists and channel managers at Prasar Barati, India’s public service broadcaster. Topic: Social Media in Media Organisations. Use and strategies of dealing with social media. Delhi, India, September 2013.
- Management training of citizen journalism network Rassd News Network, Egypt. Topic: Strategic Planning for RNN. Strategy development and implementation, organisatioal management, change management, editorial approaches. Cairo, Egypt, November 2012
- Management training at Voice of Vietnam (VOV). Topic: Development and implementation of a digital strategy for VOV. Various periods between September 2010 – October 2011.
Memberships / involvement of relevance
- Supporter of UNICEF, Reporter ohne Grenzen (Reporters without Borders), and Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Médecins Sans Frontières)
- Steering Committee and Founding Member of the European Center for Social Media from 2013 – today
- Deutsche Welle representative in the New European Media (formerly Networked Electronic Media) Initiative / NEM from 2008 – today
- Deutsche Welle representative on the BMCO Forum (Broadcast Mobile Convergence) from 2005-2010 (the BMCO Forum has been dissolved)
- Deutsche Welle representative at Prix Europa 2003-2010
- Deutsche Welle representative at EBU Pitching Sessions 2003-2005
- Expert / member / advisor for various EU programmes and initiatives, including: Horizon 2020 Work Programme Planning (2016), Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership (EU-ICT, FP 7 – 2010); Mobile Multimedia Steering Committee (EU/DG XIII Information Society, 2001-2002); eContent Programme advisor 2001-2005; Cross-Media & Creativity and Content Consultation Meetings (EU/DG XIII, 2000); ISTAG Advisor (IST Programme Advisory Group, 1998)
From 1998-2003 I had a very exciting time in the New Economy. We started out with two of us plus an assistant. Suddenly, we numbered more than one hundred… We were pioneers in the streaming media business and, for a couple of years, covered the entire German football league live and on-demand, with audio, images and text. We were rich, too (unfortunately only on paper financially). Then we went bankrupt. Ah, yes: the company was called ALTUS Media AG. I held various positions, sometimes too many at the same time (we’re talking New Economy here…), such as Head of Consulting, R&D and Commercial Services; Chief Operating Officer and Editor-in-Chief. What I gained? An immense wealth of know-how and experience.
(PS: This interview with myself and Olaf Schulz-Forberg on streamingmedia.com is one of the few remains that has managed to stay accessible online. In it, you can find out a bit more about what we did in those exciting times.)
Before that, from 1994-1998 – partly in parallel to my studies – I worked for the BBC, mainly in News & Current Affairs. Some of it was unpaid, too. I didn’t mind – rather the contrary. It was great! I learned such a lot there. Still drawing from it to this very day. Programmes I was fortunate to work for and/or trail included: The World Tonight, Europhile, Analysis (BBC Radio 4), On the Record, Breakfast with Frost, Breakfast News (BBC 1), plus short stints at various News & Current Affairs programmes (e.g. Radio 1’s Newsbeat and BBC 2’s Newsnight) and Documentary Features, Arts & Science Radio.