Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the digital world of knowledge and investigations and exchange ideas with the likes of the latest digital research techniques is recommended by Marvin Oppong’s research lab . The Freischaffen Investigativjournalist and Grimme-Online-Prize winner started the research meeting a year ago. Since our team at ResponseSource is very interested in the latest research, I was present at the second edition of the „Supermarket“ workshop at the beginning of December last year. The event focused on topics such as the information freedom legislation, data journalism and methods of digital research.
Oppong started with a presentation on the Freedom of Information Act. The examples of his own experience with the right of access to public institutions and his successes in the detection of official grievances, such as the awarding of contracts by the WDR, presented the topic vividly and excitingly.
Current developments in data journalism and storytelling were the focus of the journalist Anna-Lena Krampe. In her presentation she showed useful online tools for processing and cleanup of data (eg Datawrangler ) and visualization of data sets (eg Datawrapper , Many Eyes and Tableau Public ).
From Marcus of Jordan, we got a helpful overview of online platforms that support journalists in research, networking and cooperation. I was especially pleased that our Tool ResponseSource tool has been highlighted, as it supports journalists in the search for information and facilitates the linking with experts. Jordan is the editorial director of the online network torial , where journalists can create portfolios of their work and network with one another and form project groups.
In conclusion, an expert panel of science, journalism and the non-profit section on „Banks, Multisites, Offshore Leaks – cross-border global research“ discussed.
My Conclusion: The Research Lab is a great opportunity for established and approaching journalists from all areas to deal intensively with trends, but also current problems concerning their research. The conversations with participants have shown me in particular that research in the everyday life of journalism is often not addressed, but through developments such as the information-freedom legislation, data journalism and investigative achievements such as the detection of the NSA espionage simultaneously experienced a new trend. Good tools and solid knowledge for dealing with sources are therefore essential for high-quality journalism.
With around 100 euros (30 euros for students and journalists) the participation is not quite cheap, but considering how much time and energy is put into the research is, in my opinion, a good investment. In order to make the findings easier to incorporate into the working day, the organizers present presentations and materials from the research labs as well as a comprehensive documentation of the events for the participants on the website for download.