Here’s a selective list of presentations and appearances of relevance to my media work. Depending on the language used in the presentation (German / English) information about the event is listed in the respective language.

(At the bottom of the site, I also link to audio and video material in which I feature / which I (co)produced, and reference mentions by others).

Coming up:

I’ll be at re:publica 2017. Talking in a session organised by Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI) on 8 May 2017. The topic: “spread[ing] the truth”. It includes presentation of Truly Media, a collaborative verification platform our team at Deutsche Welle are developing together with our partners at Athens Technology Centre, with support from Google’s DNI. See you there! (I’ll also be around on Tuesday 9 May.)


On 20 April 2017 I gave a talk at the Nelson Mandela School, Berlin. The topic: how to deal with social media sources responsibly and critically, and fostering digital media literacy. The talk was directed at parents of kids attending the school, teenagers from year 10 onwards, and anybody else interested in the topic. After my 1 hour session, 10th grade students gave aan amazing presentation on Instagram and its usage among youths. Annemieke Akkermans, NMS teacher and chair of the IT Development Group at the school, then rounded up the evening with an update on the school’s digital media education programme. More info here and in the flyer about the event. For more information, or if your school is interested in a similar talk / event, feel free to get in touch.

From 5 – 9 April 2017 I attended the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy. Together with Julia Bayer of Deutsche Welle I presented Truly.Media, a collaboration platform DW Innovation and ATC are developing for the collaborative verification of user-generated content. We did a live demo about the system that is being developed in close collaboration with journalists, and outlined our aims and ambitions, and put this in the context of our research activities. Additionally, we talked about challenges and practices regarding the verification of eyewitness media. More info about the session here (an on-demand video should be made available soon, too).

On 17 February 2017 I participated at the 5th Crossmedia Day of netzwerk medien-trainer. This year, it was hosted at Deutsche Welle in Bonn. I interviewed Sarah Hill, founder of Virtual Reality company StoryUp. More images and impressions here.

On 23 January 2017 I talked at the EBU’s Verification Network Meeting, held in Lisbon, Portugal, about trends and developments in the verification sphere. After this all day workshop and very stimulating exchanges with EBU members, I attended the EBU Digital Media Days 2017. They were held from 23-25 January 2017 – a first!

Symeon Papadopoulos presented our work on gruesome image analysis (published as  “A web-based service for disturbing image detection” by Springer (2017) in the book Multimedia Modeling) at MMM2017, the 23rd International Conference on Multimedia Modeling in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 4-6 January 2017.

Am 20. Dezember 2016 hielt ich an der DEKRA Hochschule für Medien in Berlin einen Vortrag mit dem Titel “Innovationen & Trends im Newssektor” mit anschließender Diskussion. Der Vortrag war Teil einer Seminarreihe mit Praktikern aus den Medien, konzipiert und durchgeführt von Prof. Michael Beuthner.

I was at the NEM (Networked European Media) Summit 2016, from 23-24 November 2016 in Porto, Portugal, where – together with Nikos Sarris of ATC, Greece – I represented the REVEAL project with an information booth.

Talk at conference “Correcting Images 2016: Digitalisation & Development – Mind the Gap” in Leipzig, on 19 November 2016. Presntation title: “Social Media Content for Journalism and News Reporting: Benefits and Challenges – Focus on Verification”. 

Talk at UNESCO Global MIL (Media and Information Literacy) week in Sao Paulo, Brasil on 4 November 2016. Presentation title: Social Media in News: Friend or Foe? > sadly, I had to cancel my speaking engagement at this great event and opportunity…

Moderation (and organisation plus conceptualisation) of REVEAL’s Social Media Verification Workshop (#smvw16) in Athens, Greece, on 16 September 2016. Read about it on the REVEAL project website.

Presentation entitled “Handling the Truth: UGC Data in News. Benefits & Challenges” at First International SoBigData Workshop, in conjunction with TPDL 2016 conference. Hanover, Germany, 5 Sept 2016.

I gave a presentation and participated in a panel discussion at the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga, Latvia. The event took place from 27-29 June 2016 and was organised by UNESCO, in co-operation with the European Commission and the Latvian Government.

I talked on a panel dealing with user-generated content and verification of eyewitness media at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum on 13 July 2016. Session title: Fact and fancy – how verification can protect our news. The day after, on 14 July, I gave a talk on issues and challenges with regards to UGC verification in the DW Innovation lounge, together with Nikos Sarris of ATC, Greece.
(The entire GMF programme can be found here).

6 May 2016: presentation at the EU-SEA Big Data Summit, Putrajaya, Malaysia, entitled “Big Data in Media: Focus on Journalism and News”.

Verification workshop in conjunction with the EU-SEA Big Data Summit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 May 2016, introducing the DW research projects Reveal and InVID .

Participation in workshop of the European Commission’s “DG CONNECT / Converging Media and Content Unit G1″ advising on the Unit’s Work Programme for 2018-2020. Brussels, 19 April 2016.

Speaker on a panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, from 6-10 April 2016. Topic: how can technology support journalists with verification of user-generated content. A video of the entire session can be found here.

Präsentation der Forschungsprojekte Reveal und InVID sowie Diskussionen zum Thema Verifizierung nutzergenerierte Inhalte auf dem 4. Crossmedia-Tag, Leipzig, 4. März 2016.

Presentation at and participation in panel discussion at the Meeting of the Media Literacy Expert Group of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Brussels, 1 December 2015 (details here).

Presentation at Thematic Meeting on Multimedia Truthfulness Verification in Legal Environment and Social Media – co-located with WIFS 2015, Rome, Italy, 16 November 2015. Topic of presentation: Social Media and News.

Präsentation und Diskussion im Rahmen der “Deutsch-Russischen Gespräche” am 9.10.2015 in Baden-Baden. Veranstalter: Ostausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Kooperation mit der Robert Bosch und BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt. Vortragstitel: “Soziale Medien und journalistische Berichterstattung”.

Presentation and participation in panel discussion at Prix Italia entitled “News and User Generated Content” in Turin, Italy, on 21 September 2015. With me on the panel: Malachy Browne of; Anne-Marie Lupu-Morel of the EBU;  Julien Pain of France 24; Adam Rendle of Taylor Wessing; and Dhruti Shah of the BBC. The session was moderated by Jenni Sargent of EyewitnessMediaHub and Tom Trewinnard of Checkdesk / Meedan. The presentation can be accessed here. A post about it can be found it here.

Presentation entitled “Verification of user-generated content in the context of news reporting” at the Global Communication Association Conference in Berlin, Germany, 17-18 July 2015.

Presentation on issues of verification of eyewitness media at news:rewired, organised by, in London. Followed by a panel discussion with Dhruti Shah of BBCNews / BBC_HaveYourSay and James Neufeld of SAMdesk, moderated by John Crowley of the Wall Street Journal. Session title: “Sourcing stories on social media”. Slides and an on-demand audio of my speech are available on the news:rewired website.

Keynote speech “User Generated Content and its Implications for Journalism – Focus on Verification” at “Web Multimedia Verification” workshop, co-hosted with the ICME 2015 conference. Torino, Italy, 29 June 2015.

“Against all odds: (a path to) innovative projects, tools and services.” Presentation at the EBU’s 21st TV Assembly. Conference title: “Is digital the new normal?” BBC, Salford/Manchester, 3 June 2015.

Jury-Mitglied des MIZ Innovation Lab auf der re:publica 2015. Berlin, 5. Mai 2015. Mehr auf (runterscrollen bitte…)

“Verification of UGC in news: status, challenges & ways ahead”. Presentation at News Impact Summit Hamburg on Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics. Organised by the European Journalism Centre & Google News Lab. Hamburg, 31 March 2015. Präsentation hier.

Workshop (with Nikos Sarris, ATC) entitled “Discovering events in social media and gathering clues for revealing their trustworthiness” at News Impact Summit Hamburg on Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics. Organised by the European Journalism Centre & Google News Lab. Hamburg, 31 March 2015.

„Nutzergenerierte Inhalte und deren Bedeutung für die journalistische Berichterstattung – Fokus Verifizierung.“ Vortrag auf der Konferenz „Think CROSS – Change MEDIA“ an der Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal am 14. Februar 2015. Präsentation hier.

„Verifizierung von nutzergenerierten Inhalten“. Vortrag auf dem ersten Innovationstreffen aller ARD-Anstalten und Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk bei der Deutschen Welle in Bonn, 25.11.2014.

Jury-Mitgied beim MIZ_innovationspace@rp14, dem Abschluss der Förderprojekte des Medien-Innovationszentrums Babelsberg auf der re:publica 2014 Videomitschnitt auf

“Grassroots and Collaborative Journalism in the Digital Age.” Presentation at SNOW 2014 conference as part of www2014, Seoul, Korea, 8 April 2014. More on

“Research Approaches and Interests of the Media Sector in EC co-funded Research”. Presentation at NEM Networked Electronic Media Summit 2012. Istanbul, 16. October 2012.

Concept (with Nikos Sarris, ATC, Athens, Greece) and moderation of the congress “Social Media and the News Business.” Santorini, Greece, 11 Sept. 2012 (part of the “Summer School of Multimedia Search and Retrieval” (SSMS 2012).

“Social Media Content als Quelle für Nachrichten und Informationen.” Vortrag beim Condat Kongress Media 3.0 – Convergence@Work. Berlin, 30. August 2012 ( > Zusammenfassung des Vortrags.

Panel organisation and moderation of business session “Social Media and News” as part of the “International Workshop on Social Media Applications in News and Entertainment (SMANE 2012)”. In  co-operation with MSND Workshop (“Mining Social Networks Dynamics”). All part of World Wide Web conference 2012. Lyon, 16 April 2012.

“Impacts of Social Media on the (News) Media Sector. Challenges and Opportunities,” Presentation and panel discussion at World Communication Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 10 February 2012. (

“Entwicklungen des Mobilmarktes und der Nutzung mobiler Dienste”. Vortrag beim Auswärtigen Amt im Rahmen der Pressereferententagung 2010. Berlin, 27. April 2010.

“The Content Provider Perspective in the EC’s PPP Programme”. Presentation as part of the EC / Information Society and Media Directorate-General strategy and consultation meeting “Towards a Future Internet Public Private Partnership”. Brussels, 3 March 2010.

“Die Digitalisierung der Medien. Der Versuch einer Einordnung.” Vortrag bei der SeniorenUnion Bad Münder / Niedersachsen, 21. April 2009.

“New Media, New Challenges, New Opportunities. Getting the content to the user: An international broadcaster’s perspective.” FTTH Forum 2008, Lisbon, 6 November 2008.

Concept and moderation (with Wilfried Runde) of the programme “360 Degree Journalism for media professionals” as part of the “Summer School on Multimedia Semantics 2008” in Chania, Crete, Greece, 4 September 2008.

“Die Zukunft der Deutsche Welle: Strategie und Aktivitäten.” Vortrag im Rahmen des Seminars “Die Zukunft von Radio, Fernsehen und Zeitung” von Prof. Dr. Günther v. Lojewski. Freie Universität Berlin, 03. Juli 2008.

“Die Distributionsstrategie der Deutschen Welle.” Vortrag und Diskussion auf einer Veranstaltung des DAAD / GATE Germany. Bonn, 6. Mai 2008.

“Markt- und Medienentwicklungen im digitalen Mediensektor: der Versuch einer Einordnung.” Vortrag im Rahmen des Seminars “Die Zukunft von Radio, Fernsehen und Zeitung” von Prof. Dr. Günther v. Lojewski. Freie Universität Berlin, 24. April 2008.

“Challenges, Role & and Activities of an International Public Broadcaster in the Mobile Video World.” Conference presentation at the “Mobile Multimedia Communications” and speaker at the closing panel entitled “Business Framework for Mobile TV”. Fraunhofer HHI, Berlin, 2-3 April 2008.

“Neue Medien, Neue Möglichkeiten!” Vortrag vor den Internetbeauftragten der Mittlerorganisationen Deutschlands (Auswärtiges Amt, Goethe Institut, DAAD, Unesco, Bundesministerium für Kultur und Medien, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung u.v.m.). Bonn, 23.11.2007.

Teilnahme am und Redner auf dem Panel “Multiplattform-Strategien: Eine Antwort auf die Globalisierung der Medienlandschaft” auf den Medientagen München, 8.11.2007.

“Die Deutsche Welle: Akteur im Medienmarkt von Heute und Morgen. Zukunftsperspektiven für den deutschen internationalen Auslandsrundfunk.” Vortrag und Diskussion vor Projektleitern und Führungspersonal der Deutsche Welle Akademie. Bonn, 29.8.2007.

“A Broadcaster Perspective to Multimedia Access and Retrieval”. Presentation at “WIAMIS 2007, The International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services”. Santorini, Greece, 6-8 June 2007.

“Mobile TV: Challenges, Role and Activities of an International Public Broadcaster.” Presentation at the Conference “Mobile TV – Interactivity, User Experiences, Content Strategies”, organised by IQPC. Berlin, 23-25 April 2007.

Moderation of the Panel “It’s about the audience, stupid.” A 4-hour session providing case studies of successful strategies used by broadcasters to reach and engage with their audiences. Part of the European Broadcasting Union’s Conference and Seminar “Multimedia Meets Radio – Harnessing the Power of the Audience”. Geneva, Switzerland, 29-30 March 2007.

“Multilingual und Multiplattform: Die Distributionsstrategie der Deutschen Welle.” Vortrag auf dem Kongress “Europäische Tagung der Medienproduktion” der Technischen Universität Ilmenau, Januar 2007.

“Future perspectives of mobile multimedia content.” Half-day workshop and performance in Helsinki as part of the EC co-funded project INCCOM. Author of, and performer in, the play “Mobile Media Madness – the (very real and ordinary) challenges of mobile TV”. Helsinki, November 2006.

“Mobile TV – The challenges for live interactive multimedia services.” IST 2006 Workshop Session. Participant in the panel discussion “How will mobile TV find its way to mass market?” Helsinki, November 2006.

“Vor dem Spiel ist nach dem Spiel ist vor den Spielen. Cross-Media Perspektiven nach der WM 2006.” [Ahead of the game is after the game, is ahead of the games. Cross-media horizons after the 2006 World Cup.”] Organisation, Konzeption und Moderation des ganztägigen Kongresses, zusammen mit Wilfried Runde. Gäste u.a.: Peter Klöppel (RTL), Friedrich Küppersbusch (probono), Dr. Alexander Tettenborn (BMWi), Henrik Rinnert (MFD), Katrin Bauerfeind (Journalistin) u.v.m. Köln, August 2006.

“Digitale Audiodienste. Wie Audioinhalte zum Hörer / zur Hörerin kommen: Dienste, Entwicklungen und Konsequenzen.” Vorlesung im Rahmen der von Prof. Dr. W. Mühl-Benninghaus & Prof. Dr. K. Goldhammer konzipierten Ringvorlesung “Ökonomische Perspektiven audiovisueller Medien – Radio”. Kooperationsveranstaltung der Freien und Humboldt Universität Berlin, Juni 2006.

“Sports / football-related cross-media services.” Presentation and panel discussion as part of a joint workshop of Forum Virium and the EC co-funded INCCOM project. Helsinki, June 2005.

“Die mobile Welt von DW-WORLD.” Vortrag auf der Eyes & Ears Academy Veranstaltung “Mobile Entertainment – Mobile Content.” Köln, Juni 2005.

Event moderation of “1st Clustering Workshop on Cross-Media European Projects.” Valladolid, Spain, May 2005.

“Deutsche Welle and Mobile Media. ‘Paying the Piper’ – Questions of Finance.” Berlin, Heinrich Hertz Institut, January 2005.

“The BOBs – Best of the Blogs.” Presentation at the BlogTalk 2.0, Vienna, July 2004.

“Erfolgsstrategien für den chinesischen Markt – Medienmodelle.” Vortrag auf einer Veranstaltung des Grimme-Instituts zum Thema “Zukunftsmarkt China – Globaler Markt auch fürs TV.” Köln, Februar 2004.

Video (and Audio) World

Here’s a number of videos (and audios). Material in which I feature, or stuff that I (co)produced. I included nly material that is available online and accessible in mid-2016.

Video of the entire panel session at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, April 2016. Topic: how can technology support journalists with verification of user-generated content.

Video interview at Prix Italia 2015 on various aspects of sourcing and verifying information residing in social networks.

Audio recording of news:rewired talk on panel “Sourcing stories on social media”. (July 2015)

Interview with in which I talk about sourcing content from social media, verification of eyewitness media, tools to use, best practices and research activities in which I am involved. (July 2015)

Interview I conducted with Michael Wegener, Head of the Content Center at ARD News, Hamburg, during NewsXchange 2014 in Prague. Topic: how they deal with UGC at ARD News / Tagesschau, and what role  verification plays in the process. Video available here.

Interview I conducted with Jeff Jarvis, author of the book What would Google do?, professor at City University of New York and journalist (Buzzmachine) about the future of journalism and the impact Social Media is having on the profession. Done at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum in June 2014.

Jury Mitglied des MIZ Innovation Lab auf der re:publica 2014. Videomitschnitt der gesamten Veranstaltung von Alex TV.

Film about the research project PAPYRUS. Produced together with Christoph Schickl, Deutsche Welle, 2010.

MESH project video. A film about the research project MESH. Project aim: making sense of an abundance of information existing digitally, and assisting in sorting, prioritising and filtering material. Produced together with Martin Maass, Deutsche Welle, in 2009.

In 2008, I went to New York with my DW colleagues Wilfried Runde, Martin Maass and Mirko Lorenz. We called it “DW MoJos on Digital Media Discovery Tour.” The aim: find out “what’s hot” in the area of digital journalism. And record / report about it. In a mobile fashion – so without much fancy equipment. We interviewed leaders in digital innovation at the Reuters News Lab, The Wall Street Journal and more. The whole adventure got a dedicated blog site. Video interviews are accessible here.

In the Media

I only started collecting material for this section in mid-2016… Any findings and respective notifications from your side are much appreciated.

What would an automated future look like for verification in the newsroom?, 8 April 2016.

New European project InVid aims to automate video verification. First Draft News, 11 March 2016.

How the Reveal Project aims to help journalists verify eyewitness media., 9 October 2015.

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