The drone and the shepherd: DJI Phantom 3 Test Flight

8 Okt , 2015   Video

Can a drone help #mobilejournalism? I wanted to try how easy it is (for an amateur like me) to fly a modern drone , how big a hassle it is to take it to a spot and assemble it, and how good the picture quality is. I asked DJI for a trial of their Phantom 3 Professional which is arguably the most advanced drone on the market in this price range (around 1400 €). Sadly, they only had a Phantom 3 Advanced (1100 €) at hand, but I still tried it out. Want to hear some results? And, more importantly, want to hear what a shepherd has to do with it? More…


Let´s Talk #Mojo

5 Jul , 2015   Video

What a wonderful hour: #Mojo heavyweights talking about why #Mojo matters, how it will (and must) change storytelling, what limitations mobile journalists encounter (and how they overcome them), and what special skills a #mojo needs. The panel was part of Netzwerk Recherche´s annual conference, Germany´s biggest meeting of investigative (and other) journalists. On the panel were Glen B. Mulcahy, organizer of @Mojocon and long time #Mojo-trainer, Nick Garnett, who has been reporting for the BBC with nothing but his iPhone since 2009, Wytse Vellinga, a #mojo reporter for the Frisian broadcasting service in The Netherlands, and me. The video was a Periscope live broadcast, is therfore vertical and lasts for about an hour.

Hamburg, MoJo

8 Journalists, 4 iPhones, one big experiment

24 Jun , 2015  

The outset might have been a little bold: We wanted to try out the possibilities of mobile journalism for a regional newsroom. And we wanted to do it with colleagues who had quite some journalistic experience, but hadn´t tried reporting from their mobile phones yet. The goal was to produce a proper special edition of our regional news. It wouldn´t go out on air, but we would use the studio crew, our known workflows and structures. The only thing that was different: The whole content should be produced on smartphones. Would it work?



Go #Mojo

16 Jun , 2015   Video

The Digital News Report 2015 by Reuters Intsitut Oxford in a clip. Yes, it is a little bit shortened, condensed. But hey, that´s journalism, isn´t it?

Just a thought, MoJo

Overvoice? So yesterday.

10 Jun , 2015   Video

I´ve talked about mobile journalism and its implications to media students at Hamburg University yesterday. I showed them this example of what Al Jazeera´s young offspring did in Ferguson: shaky mobile video, very rough edit, hardly audible sound (compensated by subtitles), text captions instead of overvoice. First comment of a young student? „Much more authentic, much more credible, because the reporter doesn´t tell me what to think.“ Is overvoice so yesterday?

By the way, none of those Hamburg millenials reads a printed newspaper anymore, but three quarters of them are desperately interested in news. Is there hope? I don´t know: Only a handful of them wanted to become journalists – the outlook for the profession was to gloomy, they thought.

Hamburg, MoJo

Summer (yes!) in Hamburg

5 Jun , 2015   Video

A little bit of mobile journalism: Filmed with FilmicPro on iPhone5 with iRigPre & Rode NTG1, edited and overvoiced on location with iMovie. Took about 2 hours.


10 reasons for square video

19 Mai , 2015  

Remember when people driving a car in the early 1920s where called „joyriders“? That was because a majority didn´t believe cars would prevail. But shortly afterwards, the pedestrians where called „jaywalkers“, and they became the minority on the streets. So what about this fight between horizontal (the good, the wonderful) and vertical (video syndrome version of) video? Is it possible that square video has a chance?

Here are 10 reasons why it might. Read On…


My #mojoset.

15 Mai , 2015  

My #mojoset.


Was kommt (oder schon ist)

13 Mai , 2015  


Columbia Journalism Review on“ Journalism’s emerging platforms“ – interesting read…