All posts by Christian Schwägerl

We’re “Science Journalists of the Year”

We’re “Science Journalists of the Year”

“What Christian Schwägerl and Tanja Krämer have created with RiffReporter is unparalleled: a cooperative with a platform for science journalists. So that they can network, initiate new projects together, as well as advice and start-up support. Above all, the project embodies the impetus to bring the evidence-based core of journalism to the fore – in times in which “postfactual” trends are becoming stronger”.

New articles (mainly in German)

New articles (mainly in German)

ZEIT Magazin Wissen, Januar/Februar 2018
The power of our conscience

ZEIT Magazin Wissen, Januar/Februar 2018
Interview with former UNEP director Klaus Töpfer, led jointly with Max Rauner

GEO, December 2017
How good are we really? Report on moral research

Yale E360, November 14,2017
In Drive to Cut Emissions, Germany Confronts Its Car Culture

RiffReporter receives major award for digital journalism innovation

RiffReporter receives major award for digital journalism innovation

RiffReporter – the cooperative for free journalism has received the first #NETWENDE award. The media Prize honours sustainable innovations in journalism, on the occasion of the VOCER Innovation Day at the SPIEGEL publishing house. RiffReporter is the first winner of the #NETZWENDE Award. The award is an initiative of VOCER in cooperation with SPIEGEL, the August Schwingenstein Foundation, the Rudolf-Augstein-Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius.

Listen, observe, think, check,write, talk, listen…

Listen, observe, think, check,
write, talk, listen…

My articles appear in leading German media like GEO magazine, ZEIT Science Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Cicero, as well as on Yale E360 and in other media outlets. I’m interested in everything that’s alive, in science, environment, politics, culture, Anthropocene, technology and how they are all connected. I like to explore new topics as an exercise in lifelong learning and I will not stick to positions that are no longer tenable. I try to listen more carefully and observe more sharply all the time, to sharpen my senses. Especially with online reporting happening behind glass, journalism needs to employ all senses and connect with real people. My work in the science and culture section of Frank Schirrmacher at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 2001-2008 still inspires me. I have organized a seminar about “chances and risks of new media” in 1984 and have been working as a journalist since the late 1980s, with evolutionary breakthroughs happening in New Zealand’s old-growth forests, in Germany’s former government district in Bonn, in an office next to the movie critic Michael Althen and at DER SPIEGEL. The only section I haven’t written for is the sports section. But who knows what will happen next.

A media ecosystem

A media ecosystem

People all over the world are searching, like explorers, for a model to support the high-quality digital journalism our societies and democracies need. We think we’ve found a model at sea. It looks like a reef.

In touch with audiences

In touch with audiences

Since the public presentation of my Anthropocene book at Berlin’s Natural History museum in September 2010 with UNEP director Achim Steiner (photo) and my first public talk about the Anthropocene at Urania in Berlin I had the chance to talk to many audiences and interact with them. I have shared great days with organizers of events, like the “Zooetics” series in Lithuania and Steirischer Herbst in Graz/Austria. The different perspectives of people in the audience, like pupils at Berlin’s Nelson Mandela School, plant oil producers at their anniversary celebration and design students at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, were enriching for me as well. In March 2015 I was invited to present at the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Arts in London. For 2016 a number of talks are already lined up and I look forward to getting in touch with the audiences.