India beyond stereotypes and myths of digital boom

As a land of poor farmers with a Twitter savvy Prime Minister, India faces many challenges when it comes to net neutrality and digital inclusion. Forums like Bildkorrekturen provide an opportunity to understand the digital and social reality of India while changing the stereotypes attached to the country.

Web Master:  Pamela Guachamin

The rights and wrongs of the media

The main focus of the 2016 Bildkorrekturen conference was the relation between digitalization and development. From 17th to 19th November, the conference offered young journalists and international guests a platform to deepen their knowledge about risks and benefits of the digital age and its influence on development.

  • Jochen Spangenberg, author of papers and reports dealing with digital media development topics, during his lecture

  • Verification is important, advised Spangenberg, in relation to the information sources for journalists

  • Examples of the current political international context

  • Spangenberg listened attentively to the questions of the audience

  • A student of the Deutsche Journalistenschule intervened in the debate

  • There was also the opportunity for a closer interaction with the students

  • After Spangenberg’s panel, journalism students gathered to put in practice the learned concepts

  • Eight groups were formed to work on data verification

  • Students could express their own opinions

  • On the last day, students from Deutsche Welle Akademie presented the highlights of the conference coverage

  • Several video products were the outcome of the constant work of young enthusiastic students before and during the conference

  • Experienced journalists and correspondents observed attentively the student’s products

  • Entertainment was not missing; a video clip illustrated the student’s „expert“ opinions about the German pretzel

  • Students were amused to see themselves on the video clip

  • Until the last moment, Deutsche Welle Akademie students covered the event

Web Master: Pamela Guachamin



Mind the gap! Does digitalization build a bridge or divide?

Journalism conference Bildkorrekturen invites professionals from the field of media and development, as well as aspiring young journalists to discuss this year’s topic of „Digitalization and Development“.

Audience at the opening of Bildkorrekturen conference

Audience at the opening of Bildkorrekturen conference

Bildkorrekturen (correcting images) encourages the questioning of established patterns of thinking and interpretation in order to deconstruct existing images from the media. Hosted by development initiative service Engagement Global in cooperation with four journalism study programs in Germany, the conference is held in the city of Leipzig from November 17 to 19.

The participants were welcomed by Dr. Jürgen Reiche, director of the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum (forum for contemporary history) which serves as the main location of the conference. Reiche pointed out the historical significance of Leipzig as the place where the peaceful revolution took place in 1989, leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany in the same year.

„What would have been different if the revolution back in 1989 had access to digital tools?,“ he wondered. Digitalization has changed the revolutions of today by simplifying communication and organisation, thus empowering people to engage. But on the other hand, cyber security and surveillance have become a great concern.

Digitalization plays a similarly dual role in development. While it has brought forth more growth and wealth in general, the persisting divide between social classes has received another dimension: a so-called digital gap that separates people with access to the Internet from those who do not.

Technology can always be used for the good AND the bad

Eric Chinje inspired the crowd to change their perspective

These challenges are well known to first keynote speaker Julia Manske who co-leads the project „Open Data & Privacy“ at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV), a Berlin-based think tank.

According to internet usage statistics, two-thirds of the world population are offline due to various reasons like the lack of infrastructure or the costs of broadband.

While Manske brought many positive examples of digitalization, she also showed concerns related to digitalization, for instance on how it will change the labor market.

But „the world demands change“, Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi-based African Media Initiative (AMI) and second keynote speaker claimed.

Digitalization has changed the media ecosystem and accelerated the pace of development and innovation. Chinje welcomes this change: „We live in very interesting times. It’s passé to look at the world through the lens of yesterday.“

Break the walls down, don’t build them up

Journalism students blogging and tweeting live from the conference

Journalists blogging and tweeting live from the conference

The biased African narrative in Western media is one of the reasons for the creation of Bildkorrekturen, Prof. Markus Behmer, one of the founders of the conference, shared. For Behmer, coverage is too often focused on elites and negative issues like conflicts and corruption.

Since the first Bildkorrekturen conference in 2011, he and his colleagues were driven by one main question: How can journalists tell important stories in a way that reaches the interest of a mass audience?

Bildkorrekturen is not only about correcting and detecting „wrong“ or one-dimensional images. It is also a learning hub for the young journalists from the universities of Bonn, Bamberg, Munich and Leipzig who will not only participate, but also cover the conference.

Webmaster: Estefania Oliva

Opening of Bildkorrekturen in Leipzig

The University of Leipzig, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich and the University of Bamberg have started the three-day conference „Bildkorrekturen“ in the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig. The conference main focus is digitalization and development.

  • The moderator of the conference, Julia Schmitt-Thiel talking to the guests in the opening session

  • Petra Kohnen, DW Akademie representative

  • Ricardo Rojas, DW Akademie video coverage

  • Markus Behmer, founder of the Bildkorrekturen conference

  • Holger Müller and Florian L. Mayer, representatives of the University of Bamberg

  • Estefania Oliva, DW Akademie, Instagram coverage

  • Jürgen Reiche, director of the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

  • Participants of the conference

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Excited about Bildkorrekturen!

Students from the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich have shared their motivations to participate in the 2016 Bildkorrekturen conference.

Vera is looking forward to the conference, and she is particularly interested in India panel because she has already been in the country.

Mathias wants to meet other young journalists and exchange their experiences. His wish will probably come true during the conference!

For Sören, the most interesting is the international aspect of the conference. He is looking forward to meet other journalists from around the world and listen to their stories.

Franziska believes digitalization is an essential topic nowadays. She is particularly curious to learn more about countries like Estonia.

Lotte is excited to prepare the India panel since she doesn’t know much about it. There is no doubt, she wants to correct the idea about the country!