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E-Mail: julia.broetz(at)correctiv.org

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von Julia Brötz

25 years ago, the GDR-regime of injustice collapsed as the result of a peaceful revolution. Millions of citizens between Rostock and Chemnitz, from Suhl to Neubrandenburg, took to the streets — and they didn’t stop with the fall of the wall. They continued to protest and fight for freedom far beyond this historic date.

Today, this non-violent revolt and the subsequent reunification have been reduced in the minds of many to the negotiating skills of a few. As Helmut Kohl, the former German Chancellor, states: It wasn’t the civil rights movement that was “primarily responsible” for the turnaround. Rather, Gorbachev “sifted through his books” and realized that he was “shit-deep trouble” and couldn’t sustain the regime. The notion that the revolutionaries in East Germany were the main impetus behind the collapse of the regime was the product of “Thierse’s community college brain“, Kohl said.

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The Archiv Bürgerbewegung Leipzig e.V. (Leipzig Archive for the Citizen’s Movement) has collected the data of the revolution: all demonstrations between August 13th, 1989, and April 30th, 1990. The occupations of the Ministry of State Security of the GDR, the protests and marches. CORRECTIV has now made this data visible. You can watch the protest grow until it takes over the entire country, see individual outcries transform into a storm of outrage, effectively wiping out the hegemony of Honecker, Mielcke, and their companions. The revolution wasn’t the result of a few individual decisions — it was the will of the people.

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CORRECTIV and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation have agreed on a strategic cooperation to further education in data journalism. Starting in January, we will initiate a year-long fellowship program for data journalists.

The joint goal: “We want to strengthen data-driven investigative journalism in Germany,” says Stephanie Reuter, director of the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.

As part of the “Rudolf-Augstein-Fellowship for Data Journalism at CORRECTIV”, at least ten journalists will receive the opportunity to realize a data-driven research project. The fellows will work at the CORRECTIV offices and have access to the entire resources of our newsroom.

In this way, we hope to pass on our knowledge to others. We believe that there are many regional projects that can be realized with the help of data-driven research, bringing great use to those affected locally and elsewhere.

The fellowship is targeted towards fully employed as well as freelance journalists from local and regional media outlets. They will become temporary members of the CORRECTIV newsroom for up to two months. They will receive help with data collection, administration and visualization for their own projects. Their stories will be published in cooperation with our newsroom.

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Half of the fellowships will be awarded to women. International applicants are welcome.

The fellowships will begin in January. Applications can be sent to: fellow@correctiv.org

Please include the following in your application:

  • CV
  • Short description of the idea you want to realize. Your project must be data-driven.
  • Research plan and timetable as well as the desired date of entry

All fellowships will be individually tailored to the needs of the applicant so that the project can be optimally realized. We will negotiate an individual salary with each fellow. We will also provide financial means for research.

The deadlines for applications are:

  • December 15th, 2014, for fellowships during the first half of 2015
  • March 15th, 2015, for fellowships during the second half of 2015

Contact for inquires:

CORRECTIV: David Schraven (+49 172 563 26 99 / david.schraven@correctiv.org)

Rudolf Augstein Foundation: Stephanie Reuter (+49 40 554 40 333 / stephanie_reuter@rudolf-augstein-stiftung.de)

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Join us for the next Berlin edition of Hacks/Hackers!

Jacopo Ottaviani will talk about Generation E, the first cross-border data-journalism project on youth migration in Southern Europe. Four journalists from Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal are running a coordinated data investigation and a crowdsourcing campaign to collect stories of young migrants, to be published on multiple media platforms in different languages. CORRECTIV is currently supporting the project.

CORRECTIV-reporter Daniel Drepper will talk a little about our new fellowship cooperation with the Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung. The two-month fellowship is focused on investigative data-journalism and will be based in Berlin. The next application deadline is December 15th, 2014.

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Also: Jens Ohlig about Wikidata, Stefan Candea on some amazing projects happening in Romania, and Daniel Gona about Design Thinking.

Hacks/Hackers is a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of chapters and thousands of members across four continents. Its mission is to create a network of journalists („hacks“) and technologists („hackers“) who rethink the future of news and information.

If you want to join us, please send an email to events@correctiv.org, join our facebook event or join the official Hacks/Hackers Berlin meetup group. The event is in English!

Hacks/Hackers Berlin #21
Thursday, Nov. 27th 2014
7 p.m.
Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin

Henk van Ess während einer Präsentation© "Henk van Ess bij de NVJ Nacht van de Journalistiek" by Sebastiaan ter Burg is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Workshop with Henk van Ess

Join our special all-day workshop on October 1st, 2015: “Facebook search secrets and the best tricks to find people online” with media trainer Henk van Ess. Find the secrets on people you want to know or what Facebook search can tell you about anybody. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our Berlin newsroom. Registration is required.

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It’s Friday afternoon. The news has broken that Jihadi John, IS-executioner, is Mohammed Emwazi and lived in a normal house in London. How do you find his family? How do you find videos from inside his house? How do you prove that his brother has ties to extremists? And how do you do all this in two hours? It seems impossible. But if you know how to „digitalize“ the three fundamental questions in journalism — who, what, when — you can’t fail.

During our all-day workshop on October 1st, media trainer and data journalist Henk van Ess will lead you by example. His motto: if it’s out there, let’s find it. You will be shown actual research for Die Welt, Bild, Daily Telegraph, Volkskrant and other leading European media houses. You will not only learn about the best tools but also develop a lasting strategy to find information by not thinking like a human, but as a computer does. 

Some highlights: 

  • How to find a network of people very fast
  • How to find cell phone numbers faster than ever 
  • How to find the secret Facebook accounts of famous people 
  • How to find eyewitnesses on Twitter extremely fast 
  • How to follow people on Twitter without being noticed 
  • How to use Facebook Graph to find people

It’s possible to search millions of personal details on Facebook with a new service called Graph. Henk will teach you how to use this technology creatively with real world examples: 

  • How do you find employees of a weapons company? 
  • What photos did the Russians take in the Ukraine? 
  • How do I access videos from Facebook users? 
  • How do I find the relatives of a criminal? 

You will learn a new language that will open a whole new world of research possibilities. The workshop will be held in English, but Henk is fluent in German, so do not hesitate to come up with questions or examples in German. 

About the trainer:  

Dutch born Henk van Ess is obsessed with finding news in data. European media houses like Axel Springer, Persgroep, European Broadcasting Union and Schibstedt love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. 

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CORRECTIV ist das erste gemeinnützige Recherchezentrum im deutschsprachigen Raum. Unser Ziel ist eine aufgeklärte Gesellschaft. Denn nur gut informierte Bürgerinnen und Bürger können auf demokratischem Weg Probleme lösen und Verbesserungen herbeiführen. Mit Ihrer Spende ermöglichen Sie unsere Arbeit. Jetzt unterstützen!

In a Nutshell

What: hands-on investigative research workshop with Henk van Ess

When: October 1st, 2015, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: CORRECTIV newsroom, Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin

Registration: events@correctiv.org

Participation fee: 90 Euros 

Please note: The participation is limited to 21 participants