My Article about Wikipedia as a gateway for breaking news has been published in Studies in Communication | Media (SCM). There is a three-page extended abstract in English for my international readers. The complete article is written in German and titeled “Enzyklopädie-Amateure als Amateur-Journalisten: Wikipedia als Gateway für aktuelle Ereignisse.”
The gist of the article is that amateurs who try to write an ancyclopedia sometimes have to deal with the duties of professional journalists. When notable events unfold (such as catastrophes, terrorist attacks or elections), Wikipedia’s authors have to cope with several problems like uncertainty of available information or contradicting sources. Many users of Wikipedia object the quick publication of articles about breaking news.
My article analyzes some of the disputes within the community and discusses examples of Wikipedia’s performance in dealing with unfolding events. Basis for the analysis is the gatekeeper theory. Using Wikipedia’s (German) article about the Loveparade disaster of 2010, I develop the concept of second-level gatekeeping.
A proposal for the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), May 14-17, 2015, has been accepted for presentation.
My co-author Thomas Petersen will present our research at the conference. It deals with results of combined surveys and media content analyses on the value of freedom in Germany. The project is part of the Freiheitsindex Deutschland (Freedom Index Germany), a co-operation of mine with the John-Stuart-Mill-Institute for freedom research at the university of applied sciences in Heidelberg, Germany and the Allensbach Institute.
Update, 2015-05-18: Unfortunately, none of the authors attended the conference (for organizational reasons) and the presentation had to be cancelled.
I just published a video on YouTube for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWeicP7EJLU.
On June 6, 2014, I filmed the lineup, takeoff, and the initial climb of LH463 out of Miami on its way to Frankfurt. Sitting on seat 90A, I used my Apple phone as a video camera.
After a long but smooth flight, the Airbus A380 reached Frankfurt and touched down on runway 07 R. After disembarking, I had for the first time the opportunity to use an automated passport control. There are mechanized doors and a scanner. You have to put the passport on the scanner and the door opens. I thought that was it, but there was more. Behind the door is a shiny black vertical glass plate with six bright lights, three on the right and three on the left. The glass plate shows the image of a hobo—obviously, that is what I look like after a day in the heat of Miami and a nine-hour flight. After comparing the image of the hobo with the image of the nice young man in my passport, the glass plate moved to the side and I was allowed back into Germany.