Quality Journalism and Democracy in the Digital World

Being an expert on the digital world, quality journalism and democracy I’m ready to help you: as a seasoned speaker, moderator, author, teacher and consultant. With more than 20 years of experience in journalism in major German news organisations, many of these in leadership positions, I am now responsible for strategy in the senior management team of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. You are welcome to look at my portfolio – or share your thoughts on my posts.


My Opinion

Our Digital Futures: Where Europe Could Come In

The loss of freedom in the digital age seemed inevitable even before the Cambridge Analytica scandal with its massive breach of data privacy. Citizens appear destined to live in one of these two worlds: Number one is the world of monopoly capitalism, where they are primarily regarded as customers. These customers’ sole purpose is it …

Free Speech in the Filter Age

In a democracy, the rights of the many cannot come at the expense of the rights of the few. In the age of algorithms, government must, more than ever, ensure the protection of vulnerable voices, even erring on victims’ side at times. OXFORD – Germany’s Network Enforcement Act – according to which social-media platforms like …

Making Journalism Great Again

OXFORD – In the debate over the future of journalism, “fake news” has taken center stage, with storylines featuring a ranting American president, Russian communication “bots,” and betrayal and subterfuge competing for public attention. But in an era of diminishing profits and shrinking audiences, is fake news really the biggest threat that traditional media face? …