“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”.
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.
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.
The second Masterclass “Science Journalism”, which I direct for Robert Bosch Foundation and Reporter Forum, has entered a new round. In May, 30 applicants took part in a 2-day seminar in Berlin, discussing the future of journalism and learning about new storytelling tools with the help of great mentors – like GEO magazine’s editor-in-chief Christoph Kucklick, DER SPIEGEL’s Cord Schnibben, Holger Schellkopf, deputy editor of Mittelbayerische Zeitung, VR experts Sven Häberlein and Nico Nonne, gaming journalist Marcus Bösch, vragments-co-founder Stephan Gensch, filmmaker Kerstin Hoppenhaus, 360-degrees-expert Susanne Dickel, Tom Duscher from the Muthenius Kunsthochschule, data journalist Christina Elmer (Spiegel Online) and Tobias Hellweg from Spiegel Tech Lab. In July the ten finalists, who get funding for their projects, came together for a second workshop in Berlin. Mentors Mercedes Riederer (head of Bayerischer Rundfunk radio, former head of German Journalism School), Heike Gfrereis (head of Marbach literature museums, curator), Dietrich Brüggemann (award-winning filmmaker), Ariel Hauptmeier (Reporter-Forum co-founder and editor-in-chief for text at Correctiv), Stephan Gensch (vragments), Marcus Bösch (Good Evil) and Simon Sticker (Bombay Flying Club) helped to further shape projects. After the workshop the Masterclass attended European Open Science Forum in Manchester together. Now the ten projects will be implemented until spring 2017.
After great results from the Science journalism Masterclass 2014/15 and the inspiring cooperation with the first ten fellows I’m looking forward to heading the Masterclass 2016/17 for Robert Bosch Foundation and Reporter-Forum e.V. again. The Masterclass is a lab for innovative German-language journalism projects.
Along with all other media branches, science journalism is undergoing deep changes. The Robert Bosch Foundation and Reporter Forum are trying to help science journalists make the transition into the new media world with the “Masterclass Future of Science Journalism”, which I direct…
“Factories, cars or hospitals, you name it: Intelligent machines have started to perform human tasks? Are they already better at them than we are? Reporter Andreas Menn wanted to find out – in a direct contest with the best robots around.” (Wiwo) Projects realized during the Masterclass “Future of Science Journalism” supported by Robert Bosch Foundation and Reporter Forum.
Marianne Falck’s phantastic multimedia project about the social an ecological toll of sugar production in Brazil, now online at FAZ.NET.
Frans Schroeijers has forgotten his life. He suffers from dementia. Finally he is submitted in a nursing home: the Alzheimer’s village de Hogeweyk, an international flagship project. His widow quarrels to this day: has she made a big mistake?