How traditional media is battling fake news
Mobile news content is where most readers turn to for their daily intake of information and entertainment. And the rapid-fire mobile news environment has created fertile ground for for fake news and poor-quality content. This is a hugely important topic for producers of digital news.
During a recent conference with media partners in the Moroccan capital Rabat, Peter Limbourg, DW’s director general, joined representatives from Moroccan media and politics and underlined the importance of ensuring quality in digital media. Limbourg showed how the standards of accuracy, verification and thorough reporting by “traditional” media can set an important example as traditional shifts to mobile. The talk also focused on how to distinguish fake news from bad journalism and how DW ensures a high standard of quality across all outlets.
DW’s international focus means that working with partners around the world is essential to building a foundation for new ideas and cooperation.
Hespress is a Moroccan example of successful digital media that is produced independently with a high standard. Founded ten years ago, today it is the country’s top news website and is one of the most-popular sites in the Maghreb. The success of the website is centered around its digital first strategy and understanding how digital media is becoming the primary source of news and information for audiences everywhere.
DW Akademie is also very active in the region in promoting quality digital media. DW’s center for international media training is currently working with the ISIC, Morocco’s renowned journalism training institute, on creating educational strategies for developing and organizing digital media.
Support from broadcasters like DW sets an international standard for media, which most importantly, is built on a tradition of credibility and professionalism that is true no matter what medium the audience uses.
Date2017-04-24 | 12:26
Market roundup: April 2017
DW is providing a wider selection of Russian-language programming in parts of Russia, all of central Asia, the Caucuses, Turkey and the Middle East via broadcasting partner NEXT TV. The partner will rebroadcast DW’s Russian news broadcast, DW Novosti, along with the political talk show Nemtsova.Interview and a subtitled version of the lifestyle program Euromaxx. DW’s Russian-language programming provides the region with a valuable, independent perspective on important global news, something which is lacking in Russian media.
DW will be coproducing the science program Tomorrow Today in Vietnam in cooperation with local partner Vietnam Television (VTV). The show will be broadcast weekly in Vietnamese with DW branding and will be available across the country
A DW livestream is now available on mobile devices via Hong Kong-based partner CMC WiseMe in Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
DW’s partnership with South African media conglomerate MultiChoice has taken on a wider scope. DW’s German language channel DW (Deutsch) is now available via MultiChoice in 50 countries throughout the continent. MultiChoice operates the most important DTH platform in Sub-Saharan Africa and will contribute to DW (Deutsch) becoming the primary German-language television channel in Africa.
Date2017-04-14 | 9:55
TagsCMC WiseMe, Cuadriga, DW (Deutsch), DW Novosti, Enfoque Europa, euromaxx, ICTA-TV, Inovator, Multichoice, Nemtsova.Interview, NEXT TV, RTS, Tomorrow Today, Vietnam Television (VTV), Vision Futuro
Making stories matter
At MIPTV 2017 in Cannes, storytelling is taking center stage. At the core is content that connects with audiences using timeless elements that draw audiences in and capture their interest and imagination.
DW Transtel is sharing the best in factual entertainment covering a variety of topics. For example, Railway Stories shares a tradition of travel and adventure and looks at the meaning of place in connection with legendary railways around the world. In six videos it invites anyone with wanderlust to get lost for a few hours and immerse themselves in a journey.
Coming from a more serious angle, Migration Millennium examines how migration is changing the world with stories that uncover ugly truths and bitter challenges faced by migrants struggling to improve their lives. By using storytelling to personalize a broad issue, the series can shed a unique light on the issue.
Everyone should look for these highlights and more from DW Transtel, on display at this year’s MIPTV, which is the world’s premiere global entertainment event.
Date2017-04-12 | 9:54
Market roundup: March 2017
DW has added numerous new partners in Latin America. Two channels in Guatemala with nationwide coverage are adding DW’s Spanish-language television in March. Antigua Sports now carries DW sports programming on its lineup and the channel +Musica will show seven DW programs aimed at younger viewers.
The Indonesian online video site Vidio.com now includes 200 episodes of DW’s Indonesian science program, Inovator, on a dedicated channel. Vidio also includes a link to a DW live stream. The popular video site is an Indonesian alternative to YouTube and registers 5 million clicks per month.
China Network Television (CNTV) is showing 150 regionally adapted episodes of Euromaxx online. The website receives 8 million monthly clicks.
The estimated 500,000 listeners of Jan FM based in Sheikhupura and Khanewal, Pakistan can listen and learn German with new DW language courses going on air in March.
A new DTH service in Ghana launched by Mega-Choice, is carrying DW’s English-language channel. Mega Choice is owned by Crystal TV, Ghana’s first privately owned TV network, and long-time DW partner. DW is among 36 free and pay TV channels offered on Mega-Choice and will reach more than six million households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Alternative FM 99.4 in Niger is now broadcasting DW in French and Hausa. The entre French broadcast will be carried and Hausa will be broadcast mornings and afternoons.
Date2017-03-20 | 1:21
TagsAntigua Sports, China Network Television, DDish, Jan FM, LTV Canal La Tribuna, Tecnovisión Canal 33, TVES Canal, Univision, Vidio.com
‘Be brave and ask questions that agitate’
When terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo, Ines Pohl was the editor in chief of alternative Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung (taz), known for going against the mainstream and breaking taboos. As she and her colleagues absorbed the news of the massacre, Pohl said she wondered if taz would be next. But instead of giving in to fear, she decided that taz would publish the first Charlie Hebdo cover after the attack, which controversially portrayed the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Pohl said that it was the duty of journalists to “hold back this fear and stand up for our free democracies.”
Now as editor in chief at DW, Pohl will bring this courageous spirit and an innovative attitude to DW’s journalism.
Before becoming editor in chief, Pohl was DW’s Washington correspondent. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, she helped lead the social media project #Whatamerica. Using short video interviews and vox pops, the project shared a unique perspective on how American’s envision the political future of the US. It was also something new for DW and it demonstrated the success of engaging with the audience to tell better stories.
“The current election in the USA is an example of an increasingly polarized and short-winded media landscape,” said Pohl. “Without Twitter and Facebook there would be no Donald Trump. He lives off of scandalizing, and a hunger for quotas. Nuanced and bold reporting is poison for politicians like him.”
Pohl has a built a long career in journalism and while she emphasizes the importance of digital media, she also understands that interacting with people face-to-face is an essential aspect of being a journalist. “This is where I am more traditional,” she said. “Whenever possible, I think a conversation should begin with a handshake. This can say so much more than a thousand words in e-mails.”
Under Pohl’s the direction the future for DW’s journalism is in the hands of a forward thinking journalist who is not afraid to take chances. Pohl says DW gives her “the privilege to be able to work for quality and not for quotas.” She especially values the international perspective at DW and will seek to promote a multimedia atmosphere and experimentation more with of social media.
Date2017-03-10 | 12:41