Me, Myself & I

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.

On these sites you can find out more about presentations I gave, and a section on publications to date.

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

Cross-Media Day 2017. Photo Eberhard Weible

Cross-Media Day 2017. Photo Eberhard Weible

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

University Lecturer

mostly at the Free University Berlin, Dept. of Media & Communication Sciences. You can  find me on the institute’s homepage. There’s also an overview of seminars I conducted recently, such as

  • 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
  • Social Media Content and News: interplay and (inter)dependencies

A while back, I also lectured at the University of Greifswald (Germany) and the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland).

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.
Voice of Vietnam

Voice of Vietnam


Rassd News Network (RNN)

Prasar Barati

Prasar Barati

Member and Trainer of Lie Detectors – fostering critical thinking

In June 2018 I started my involvement with Lie Detectors. Lie Detectors, founded by Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck, is an NGO based in Brussels that aims to foster media literacy among young people, aged 10-15. This is achieved by visiting school classrooms, talking about news media production and distribution, journalism in general (including its challenges) and, at its core, teaching children how to deal with (social) media content responsibly and critically. Hence the mission: “… to turn schoolchildren in Europe aged 10-15 into powerful lie detectors and critical thinkers in a world increasingly populated by propaganda and distorted facts online, empowering them to understand news media, make informed choices and resist peer pressure as they assemble their worldview..”

I had my first classroom visit in late June 2018 and must say it was very interesting and hugely rewarding! I am looking forward to more visits in the future, also supporting the Lie Detectors team in whichever way suitable and possible for me, as I consider this all as a highly worthwhile endeavour.


Memberships / involvements of relevance

Past work

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 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. And recently, I came across this article in Berliner Zeitung (in German), entitled “Erfolg ohne Aktien”, dated February 2001.

Before that, from 1994-1998 – partly in parallel to my studies – I worked for the BBCmainly 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.


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