Ihre Bucket-List für journalistische Innovation

Die Corona-Krise beflügelt die vernetzte Welt. Jetzt beginnt die Zeit, in der die Dinge zu Reportern werden. Die Zeit, in der die Vernetzung unser Leben durchdringen wird.

Der Tag könnte so bequem beginnen. Noch bevor ich meine Social Media Accounts checke, öffnet sich das Sensor-Dashboard auf meinem smarten Badezimmerspiegel: Die neuen Zahlen zu Corona-Neuinfektionen stimmen zuversichtlich. Der Blick auf die Feinstaubkarte bestätigt das gesellschaftliche Abflauen der Corona-Krise: Die Werte kehren auf das Niveau vor dem Lockdown zurück. Die Drohne fliegt die ersten Bilder ein. Und die Kaffeemaschine brüht meinen Kaffee extra stark. Diese Zukunft ist zum Greifen nah. Ein neues…

My advice: Take 15 minutes for innovaten every week. | Astrid Csuraji

January 1, 2020 might begin so comfortably. Even before I check my social media accounts, the sensor dashboard on my smart bathroom mirror pops up. The fireworks at New Year’ s Eve seem to have been a huge success: The sensors report that it was loud and bright. A glance at the fine dust card confirms the consequences of the fireworks. The drone flies in the first pictures. And the coffee machine brews my coffee extra strong. This future is within reach. A new decade approaches. I believe it will be the decade in which things become reporters. The decade…

2020 you will find the one idea that will take off. | HAKINMHAN

Your bucket list for journalistic innovation

We are facing a new decade. A decade with things becoming reporters. A decade in which connectivity will be infiltrating our lives. The coming decade will change journalism.

January 1, 2020 could begin so conveniently. Even before I check my social media accounts, the sensor dashboard on my smart mirror in the bathroom pops up. The fireworks at the turn of the year seem to have been a huge blast: The sensors report it was loud and bright. A glance at the fine dust map confirms the consequences of the fireworks. The drone flies in the first images. And the…

Flow Airquality Sensor | Credit:

Environmental sensors are finally on the verge of becoming hip and stylish accessories

Environmental sensors are finally on the verge of becoming hip and stylish accessories. This is shown by my companion to the Friday climate demonstration: “Flow” has been hanging from a strap of my city backpack for two weeks and measures how harmful the air I breathe on my way through the city is. It measures fine dust particles of the common sizes 2.5 and 10, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds, so-called VoC. The Plumelabs, who invented Flow, formulate their mission: “You can solve problems that you can quantify”. Because hardly anyone can do anything with the readings, Flow converts…

Soldering meets reporting at our Journalism of Things Conference 2019. Montage / vgajic/istockphoto

Journalism-of-Things Conference 2019. The very first conference dedicated to journalism with sensors

Join 100 pioneers: Meet some of the best IoT media makers and sensor experts. The conference will be no less than a departure into a new world of journalism. Organized by the sensor journalism pioneers Hendrik Lehmann, Jan Georg Plavec, Isabelle Buckow, and Jakob Vicari

Our vision for future journalism will turn into an event for one day. A real journalism conference. We are organizing the first Journalism of the Things Conference in autumn 2019. Tinker, prototype, discuss: Come to Stuttgart!


The Internet of Things is hitting journalism with full force. Sensors provide data for reporting. Networked objects become playout…

Three approaches to a new form of environmental journalism

Trees are practical protagonists: they are alwaysavailable, even without an appointment | Astrid Csuraji

The Fridays for Future movement remains an ongoing journalistic issue. Three ideas on how environmental monitoring can succeed with the journalism of things.

First: Trees. During the great dying of the forests in the 1980s, it was the acid rain that made the trees sick. Today it seems to be pests and the increasing drought caused by climate change that are affecting the trees. Environmentalists, foresters and climate researchers are questioned. And I wonder: Why doesn’t anyone ask the trees? Somebody does. The TreeWatch project gives them a voice. “Compared to yesterday, my sap flow only begins now. 90 minutes later than yesterday. #stress? twitters a maple tree from Gent @TreeWatchFBW in Belgium. And a big Dutch poplar from Wageningen reports @treeWatchWUR: “Yesterday…

Why newsrooms are reluctant to innovate

The red ones are more easily blown away | Jakob Vicari

When my colleague Astrid got the request for a workshop from a traditional media house with the usual buzzwords “online” and “storytelling” and “multimedia”, we sat down together. We invented a workshop that had never existed before: two days of quick access to the journalism of things. Our workshop was wonderful, I thought, it contained all the basics to make an editorial team want to explore the digital worlds. The answer came unusually quickly: it was “too ‘fancy’ for us or for our form of journalism”.

Too fancy. Hm.

Innovation is daily routine in journalism. Journalism reinvents itself with every…

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How Amazon and Apple challenge our journalistic thinking with circular displays. Suddenly the day’s topics are round. So is the news. Do we now have to produce content for round devices?

“Stepping to the Telephot on the side of the wall he pressed a group of buttons and in a few minutes the faceplate of the Telephot became luminous, revealing the face of a clean shaven man about thirty, a pleasant but serious face. As soon as he recognized the face of Ralph in his own Telephot he smiled and said, ‘Hello Ralph.’”

This is how Hugo Gernsback describes the telephoto in his 1911 novel “Ralph 124C41+”. A device with circular displays.

107 years later German news anchor Ingo Zamperoni appears with a green tie next to my bed. And everything…

Connected devices withe sensors observe us everywhere. But whats their story? | Jakob Vicari

The home is connected. And observes us.
The connected objects have a good eye on us. We will no longer be able to shake them off. What do they tell about us?

How would the water kettle characterize you, which you encounter in the morning mainly grumpy? What does the sneaker report that regularly accompanies you when you are at your limit? And what would the vacuum cleaner robot sharing about you, who knows what it was like under your sofa? Our things have become observers of our everyday lives. They become our silent roommates. Unlike in the past, they record their experiences in their logbooks. Which thing should you portray after your death?

“15 drops of rain, step, step, inhale, step, step, exhale 15–2 -1- 2–1, he feels how the rhythm…

Reporters discover new perspectives thanks to connected sensors | Jakob Vicari

Why sensors, networked displays and the Internet of Things belong in the digital strategy of every editorial office.

A morning in 2029. Even before you check your social media accounts as a freelance journalist, open the sensor dashboard on the smart mirror in your kitchen. The rock concert in the town park yesterday seems to have been a complete success: The sensors report that it was loud and crowded. Even their geophone on the market square still detected vibrations from the dancers. They switch off the Smart Mirror and now see themselves as a mirror image. The coffee machine beeps: Your Flat White is ready. Off to the office. After just a few steps, the smart coffee-to-go cup…

Jakob Vicari

Freelance Creative Technologist and Science Reporter with a focus on sensors and internet of things.

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