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An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

An American Dream: Reflections on the WPI Fellowship

  • The 2016 WPI Fellows after a meeting at the White House

 

In the glovebox of a Chicago taxi there is a birthday card from Barack Obama.

The driver, Kenny, doesn’t stick it to the dash, like the photos of his wife and grandkids. He’s worried someone might tear it off.

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Would you like to get the best gift ever?

Remember the feeling you had when opening presents as a child?

You didn´t quite know what to expect and weren´t sure whether the Santa, or the aunt, or whoever it was, knew what you had wished for. Remember the very precise feeling you had when you opened the best gift ever?

Guess what. This is exactly the way online news media should make you feel today!

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From the Voice to VICE - a short history of VICE MEDIA

It is one of the most unusal success stories in the media business within the last two decades. What started in 1994 as a small printed punk magazine in Montreal has become a multi platform media corporation known as VICE media. Today the company has 1500 employees worldwide and an estimated value between 2.5 and 4 billion US Dollars.

Before we travel back in time let's watch this video to get a feeling for their journalism branch named VICE NEWS and their way of working. 

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WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

WPI whirlwind tour of the United States

What I've learnt so far...

Newsroom downsizing

It's happening, or has already happened, almost everywhere. During the five years I've been at my company we have had three rounds of redundancies. While we've been on this trip, two of the fellows have received news there will be layoffs at their organisation when they return home.

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How Journalists Came to Power

How Journalists Came to Power

​A print article could really have a huge impact at the beginning of 20th century. It was a Polish journalist Jan Karski who published eyewitness reports of the Holocaust, sending the story to Allied leaders, the media and even Hollywood during World War II. Besides printing his reportage on the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, he also met the world leaders to open their eyes to the crimes against the Jews. While disbelief or cynicism led to little tangible response, the truth came out.

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Smart phones, smarter reporting?

 They're everywhere, and almost everyone has one. Perhaps even your grandmother.

It's no secret that smart phones have changed the way journalists work.

It has also changed the way the public can engage with mainstream media, or produce their own content.

Anyone with a smart phone can upload their "cats behaving badly" videos to You Tube, but the smart phone revolution has also played a crucial role in defending the rights of the oppressed.

Capture and upload - it's never been easier.

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Free Smartphone Video Tutorials

Within the last couple of years mobile devices have become so powerful, that you can not only shoot but also edit video footage with them. As a journalist it is good to be aware of the marvelous tool you have got in your pocket. To show you some possibilities when shooting video, here are a few tutorials I did on my Youtube Channel.

The first one shows five basic tricks for shooting video in a talking head situation. You can also learn some german here. No worries, it is subtitled:

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