Check Your Facts

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We are David & Marc. We love to talk about everything related to the digitalisation. On this podcast we do this – with journalists & digital media people from all around the world.
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We are David & Marc. We love to talk about everything related to the digitalisation. On this podcast we do this – with journalists & digital media people from all around the world.

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#allforjan: The murder of a Slovakian journalist
Jan Kuciak (27) and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová (27) were murdered because of Jan's investigative work. We talk about the events and its impacts on Slovak and European journalism. Condolences: His last piece of work in Slovakian: in English: in German:
March 18, 2018
Online video: How to spark discussion, not hate
Eva Schulz is a journalist, online video show host, presenter and producer. Currently she is hosting Deutschland3000, a Facebook show by German public broadcasters, that covers politics for a millennial audience. Prior to that, she co-created Hochkant, a Snapchat news channel for 14- to 19-year-olds. Eva has started blogging very young and her first foreign language as she puts it was HTML. We had a very deep dive into online video, platforms and formats. Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Deutschland 3000: Photo credit: Alex Janetzko
February 19, 2018
Data Journalism helps small newsrooms
Bettina Figl is a reporter at Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung. But she is also a research fellow at The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. There she published a paper about data journalism and small newsrooms. She talks with us at Check Your Facts podcast about how she managed to find her way into Oxford University and what she found out researching several newsrooms. This may help you implementing or strenghten data driven modules in you newsroom as well. When Bettina is not writing papers on digital journalism or working for Wiener Zeitung she is organising an event in Vienna called „Aufmacher“ („lead story“). She and her colleagues invite journalists to talk — very casually —  about their job. The best thing: it is free and open for everyone. As usual we also talk about the media landscape and current issues in the guest’s homecountry which is Austria this time. Again, you will find many insights on our guest and her work — and even more.
February 11, 2018
The 'Trump Bump' (more like 'Zeman Bump') moment in Czech media happening right now
Eva Mošpánová is a journalist for the Czech public radio, she writes for the, which is a fairly newly developed news website of the broadcasting company. We spoke with Eva, because she knows the Czech media market, she has covered it in the past writing for Marketing & Media magazine and also worked for other different media outlets. Czech republic has seen many changes in the media landscape in the last few years, when oligarchs and politicians bought up stakes in traditional media and many journalists left them to start independently operated smaller news operations. Also the fake news problem has been a huge problem as many alternative media emerged and some of them became widely popular. After the Czech presidential elections a wave emerged, similar to the one in USA in the end of 2017, when people started publicly sharing that they bought a subscription for a newspaper or online website they trust. We talked about all of this. Listen to our interview. Twitter: ht
February 5, 2018
How Pod črto in Slovenia crowdfunded investigative reporting and what’s next
We spoke with Taja Topolovec, the co-founder of Pod črto (in Eng., ‘The Bottom Line’). It is a Slovenian independent and non-profit media outlet focusing on investigative reporting, data journalism and in-depth stories, founded in September 2014. Their projects include in-depth analysis of the prevalence and reasons for violent crime in Slovenia, uncovering corruption among Slovenia’s mayors and investigating fraud, mismanagement of European funds, illegal gathering of personal information by Slovenian police (last story), environmental issues, systematic analysis of health system and poverty in Slovenia. Because investigative journalism in Slovenia could be also translated as “researching”, Pod črto journalists were at first perceived as scientists. So first they had to launch a communication campaign explaining what investigative journalism is and what they intend to do. What did we talk about: • history of Pod črto and how did their crowdfunding campaign go • the problem with inv
January 29, 2018
nwzer is building a citizen journalism platform with AI and blockchain
Karim Maassen is a Dutch entrepreneur and web fanatic, he is also the founder of nwzer. nwzer is an AI and blockchain assisted, user-generated news agency. It is the world’s first artificial intelligence & blockchain powered citizen journalism platform. According do Karim, nwzer seeks to harness the wisdom of the crowds, remove advertising from the equation and build on trust. We had a long discussion about blockchain, why he would rather not use the word when explaining nwzer and how he sees the technology being used in journalism. Karim Maassen nzwer Website: Twitter: Sign-up for alpha testing: Civil, the blockchain-based journalism marketplace How the Blockchain is Redefining Trust https://www.wi
January 22, 2018
Journalists from Baltics: Russia isn't our obsession, we define our own journalism
On this week's and this year's last podcast episode we spoke to three journalists from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania about what is happening with media and journalism in their countries. Liepa Zelniene is a political journalist for 15min in Lithuania. In 2016 she has started a fact checking unit inside her newsroom. Marian Männi is a journalist, media analyst and data fan. She has worked for the biggest Estonian media and is the co-founder of a fixing agency called Filips Lastovskis is a political journalist for Delfi in Latvia. He is interested in Education and European Union politics. --- What have we talked about in this episode • Baltic media crash course 101 • Public vs. private media journalism • Political influence • Russian influence • Best recent media developments
December 18, 2017
The Daily inspired news podcast in Slovakia started out as an experiment and continues to grow
David talks about the daily news podcast that in Slovakia has launched one month ago. The podcast reached 100.000 listens (plays, downloads…) in one month. At the beginning there was a two-week period experimenting with different formats and after that the podcast went live. If you want to know more about this, listen in. Related reading:
December 4, 2017
Brands should not pay for investigative journalism, says Johannes Klingebiel
Johannes works for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung at their Brand Studio and also works on innovation there. He is interested in the future of publishing, advertising, also AI and chatbots. We talked with him about branded content and native advertising, chatbots, AI and voice assistants. Links: Twitter: Instagram: Newsletter (german): Facebook group "Edgeland Reisegruppe": Johannes @ Medium: Thoughts on Journalism Medium publication: Katharine Viner (The Guardian is now funded by more than 800,000 supporters) People writing on future to follow (recommended by Johannes): Amy Webb: 2018 Tech Trends For Journalism Report: https://
November 27, 2017
The roles in the newsrooms are changing, just look at the job boards says Federica Cherubini
Federica Cherubini is the International Head of Knowledge Sharing at Condé Nast International. Her role leverages and supports the exchange of knowledge, ideas, contacts and best practice cases between editorial, commercial and product teams of the CNI's portfolio across eleven countries. Previously, she was part of the Digital News Project team at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford, for which she wrote, together with Director of Research Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the report Editorial analytics: how news media are developing and using audience data and metrics. She was also one of the co-authors of the reports The future of online news video and The Rise of Fact-Checking Sites in Europe. From 2010 to 2016 she worked for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on projects focused on examining how journalism's present will lead to its future. She is one of the co-organisers of Hacks/Hackers London, which brings together journalists (“hac
November 20, 2017
NewsMavens brings a female perspective to news and relies on collaboration
Lea Berriault is the managing editor of NewsMavens, currently overseeing the day-to-day editorial activities of, a Google DNI-funded daily news roundup from top women editors in Europe. NewsMavens is a collaboration between partnering news organizations. Each newspaper, broadcaster, magazine or portal has designated a woman journalist or editor to curate stories from their media to our collective round-up. Newsmavens: Facebook: Twitter: Podcast - Stories from the Eastern West Stories from Eastern West Slovak publishers now know better than to panic about Facebook Explore
November 12, 2017
Kat Downs Mulder talks about graphic storytelling and skills in a modern team of journalists
Kat Downs Mulder is Graphics Director at The Washington Post. She and her team are responsible for infographics, news apps and digital story design at the Post. We met her at the News Impact Summit in Budapest, where Kat was presenting the way they do the graphic work at the Washington Post. We decided that you also need to know this and so we invited her to talk about the Post's graphic development, their different approaches on mobile and social – and on the newspaper. In the end you may find out what Kat is looking for in a perfect team member, but see for yourself ;) Kat Downs Mulder TW: FB: Links Post Graphics: Open Source Tools by Knight Lab:
November 5, 2017
Filip Struhárik sees media pages losing ground in Slovakia due to Facebook’s Newsfeed tests
Filip Struhárik is editor and social media manager at Denník N, one of Slovakia's news platform. He recently discovered a huge loss of media pages' reach on Facebook and wrote about it. We talk with him about the tests Facebook is doing in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Cambodia (plus Indonesia) where all page posts are banned from the Newsfeed and put into its new Explore feed. Filip Struhárik TW: FB: Updated Medium blog: Links Atlantic: Guardian: BBC: Bali, Indonesia: CNN video ad: htt
October 25, 2017
Memberships and optimizing for trust. We talked to Emily Goligoski of the Membership Puzzle Project
Emily Goligoski is Research Director for the Membership Puzzle Project, which is is founded by NYU professor Jay Rosen’s Studio 20 program and De Correspondent. Emily acts as an advocate for news consumers and delivers actionable insights to media organizations. She was the first user experience research lead in The New York Times newsroom and brought design research to Mozilla Foundation. She is a board member of the education non-profit Youth Radio and holds degrees from Northwestern and Stanford. We talked about her work at the Membership Puzzle Project and she shared some of the research they are doing. It is definitely worth you while so listen to what Emily has to say about memberships and the future of journalism and audience relationship. Emily Goligoski Twitter: LinkedIn: Web: Membership Puzzle Project: MPP on FB:
October 22, 2017
Journalists need to improve their skills. Beata Biel talks about journalism issues
We talked to Beata Biel of TVN 24 who was a trainer for Google News Lab, traveled around many european newsrooms and has a lot to share about her experiences. Beata Biel Twitter: Instagram: Web: VSquare: Onet app on Android: Onet app on iOS: TVN (kontakt 24): Outriders: Frontline PBS: After Solitary 360° (2017 Excellence in Immersive Storytelling winner): Frontline 360 videos on FB:
October 9, 2017
Hello from Budapest, we finally met in person
Marc and David met for the first time on a conference in Budapest, here is a quick dispatch, a proper episode coming next week.
September 11, 2017
The media is the enemy, Orbán agrees with Trump. András Pethő on journalism in Hungary
For the first time we speak to a Hungarian journalist. His name is András Pethő and he is the co-founder & editor at the investigative project called Direkt36. András spent much of his 14-year-long journalism career at Origo, with some longer stints abroad. He worked for 15 months for the BBC World Service and did two journalism fellowships in the United States. In 2013 he spent 8 months with the investigative unit of The Washington Post. We talked to András about investigative journalism in Hungary and journalism in general under the prime minister Viktor Orbán, who likes to use the same language as Donald Trump when it comes to media. Also, András told us how they are approaching their membership model and explained us all the different distribution channels they are using. Listen and if you like the podcast, be sure to share it and tell your friends. Apple Podcasts subscribe: RSS subscribe link: András Pethő Twitter: https://twit
September 3, 2017
Media laws in the information age: lawyer Peter Hense on digital policy for Facebook and Co.
Why is Germany so precise when it comes to law making? And does this affect the rest of Europe? Peter Hense is a lawyer in Leipzig, Germany, and is specialised in technology and media law. In this episode we talk with him about german law drafts affecting Google and Facebook and what these platforms think about that. Yes, law is complex, but Peter explains it in an understandable way. Peter Hense >> Twitter: >> LinkedIn: Spirit Legal >> Website: >> YouTube: >> Facebook: Google News case in Germany (ancillary copyright/Leistungsschutzrecht Come and meet us at News Impact Summit in Budapest
August 27, 2017
Hackastory takes over: Hackathons, newsgames and design thinking in journalism
How to change journalism for better? Albertine Piels and Nienke Huitenga from Hackastory have some tips and also teach us how to analyze our audience (but you have to listen all the way till the end). Albertine and Nienke both work and are Hackastory which has a very clear mission: Changing journalism for the better. Their work formula goes like this: Idea + Experiment + Test = WOW In the podcast episode we talk about Hackastory and their mission, we dive deep into hackathons and find out why Marc is a perfect example. Also we talk a lot about newsgames and give a lot of examples. This was the first podcast we did with a camera on while recording and it was so much fun, hope you enjoy it as well. >> Albertine Piels (Director of Hackastory) Twitter: LinkedIn: >> Nienke Huitenga (Creative mastermind) Twitter: LinkedIn: >> Hackastory
August 21, 2017
How to do innovative storytelling in 2017? Jakub Gornicki of Outriders has some tips
We talked to Jakub about his newly founded project/initiative Outriders about how he is building it, what is the thinking behind content and distribution and what are his goals. Jakub has been in media and journalism in Poland for some years now, working on open data and travel blogging. He also tells us a little bit about the media situation in his country. Apart from that we talked a lot about podcasting in Europe, about different distribution channels and why newsletters are still very important. Jakub Gornicki Twitter: Facebook: Outriders Web: Twitter: Facebook page: Facebook group: Joe Sacco’s Comics Journalism IRL podcast episode about N
August 13, 2017
Connecting journalists to new ideas? The mission ahead of Adam Thomas, the EJC director
We spoke to Adam Thomas, the still new director of The European Journalism Centre (EJC). We talked about his interesting journey to journalism, what EJC is doing at the moment and also touched upon the topic of the role of Facebook and Google towards journalism. Adam is an award-winning journalism and technology leader. In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he was responsible for the vision and delivery of over 20 innovative journalism products to 150 of the world’s biggest media organisations. Adam joined Storyful in July 2013 as director of Business Development. The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and has grown from 27 people to over 120 in New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Dublin. Previously, he was Head of Communications at the international nonprofit Sourcefabric, where he managed communications strategy and community growth. Adam has worked on media development projects in over 50 countries worldwide. His teams and projects have w
July 12, 2017
DataFest founder: You can do much more in a small country than you can do in London
Nino is data journalist from Georgia (the country, not the state). She is the president of the Digital Communication Network, the co-Founder of ForSet (a new enterprise for helping with data a dataviz journalism) and the founder of the upcoming DataFest, which will be held in Tbilisi in November. We talked a lot about journalism, about small country advantages compered to US or UK and discussed Nino’s recent projects, among them the Data Festival, which will be all about data. Nino Macharashvili Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: More on DataFest is TBA, for more information follow Nino. It will be held in Tbilisi. Digital Communication Network Web: FB: Community: Join here:
July 3, 2017
How to stay on top of things? Marc and David have some tips
Marc and David talk together, once again without a host, this time about staying informed and how do you educate yourself. How do you stay professionally informed and up to speed with your industry. Useful links: Save to Facebook Nuzzel: Pocket 28+ Apps That Make Your Journalist’s Life Easier Than Ever -- Title pic by Per Gosche | Flickr:
June 26, 2017
We take a mobile view on things. And also talk Spectacles arrival to Europe
This time without any guest we talk about how mobile first is still more a conference talk than a real initiative among publishers. Spectatles arrives to Europe and we talk about how this might impact things. How many active users does Snapchat have in France, Germany and elsewhere? Do you know? Snapchat brings its hip round Spectacles to Europe If you have any ideas or feedback, let us know and be sure to subscribe to this podcast on your podcast app.
June 18, 2017
Do you have adblocking problems? Here is how a Swiss publisher deals with it
Our next guest is not a journalist, though he works for a publisher in Switzerland. Javier Vázquez Rodríguez a product manager for AZ Medien and he talked to us about adblocking. Since last year he and his team have been running different adblocking tests to figure out how users react to requests to turn off adblockers. He talks to us about these experiments, the outcomes and takeaways and we have a great discussion about the role of online ads. Follow Javier on LinkedIn:
June 11, 2017
Biggest issues in journalism? We talk with and the NiemanLab staff writers
In this episode we talk about: • the difference in approach to writing about journalism on and • what are the biggest issues of journalism at the moment (US & EU) • how can news organisations regain trust • what are the next big thing in journalism Our guest were: Mădălina Ciobanu Website: Twitter: Articles: Shan Wang Twitter: Articles:
June 4, 2017
The future of work is decentralised and connected, according to coworking manager Tobias Schwarz
In this episode we talk about work, working habits, newsroom setups and how can you escape your office if you want to. Our guest managed to do it and nobody noticed for weeks. We talk to the Coworking Manager at St. Oberholz and co-founder of the German Coworking Federation - Tobias Schwarz. Twitter: Facebook: St. Oberholz Coworking Space: Coffitivity:
May 26, 2017
How to do news for generation Z? We talk about Le Monde's Snapchat strategy
Le Monde's strategy for Snapchat Discover: Good storytelling and listening to audience feedback. This week we talked to Jean-Guillaume Santi, who is the Le Monde's Snapchat Discover team leader. Jean-Guillaume gives us a sneak peak into the everyday operation of his team. Also we talk about Le Monde's approach to younger audiences. Jean-Guillaume Santi on Twitter: Le Monde profile: Le Monde on Snapchat Discover: #IJF17 talk:
May 21, 2017
Work together, innovate together. We talk journalism innovation tips by Tilman Wagner
Our guest Marc Biskup is returning to the podcast as co-host and will be co-hosting Check Your Facts from now on. Hope you like what you hear. Let us know. And our news guest is Tilman Wagner of the Deutsche Welle innovation team. We talk a lot about DW, the innovation team, some media trouble in Germany and interesting projects done by DW and the innovation team. Tilman Wagner Twitter: Instagram: DW Innovation: DW Innovation team: Reveal project: Truly Media:
May 12, 2017
We take one week break. Only to bring more interesting interviews
Thanks for tuning in. We will come back with new fresh interviews next week. We are preparing interviews with industry leaders and journalism thinkers. Stay tuned. And don't forget to always Check Your Facts!
May 4, 2017
When is collaboration healthy? Almost always, according to Matt Cooke of Google News Lab
How should you think about your digital identity? Should you trust Google? And Facebook? What is Google doing for news and media? We talk to Matt Cooke, lead of Google News Lab in UK, Ireland, and the Nordic, about the platforms eating the internet, the Digital Identities workshops in northern Europe, and Google's efforts to make peace with the news industry. Links: Google News Lab: News Impact Summit: Stratechery about Google: Matt Cooke on Twitter:
April 27, 2017
Ask for forgiveness, not for permission – the recipe for digital innovation and transformation
Is The Outline too bold? Does Medium consist of a platonic nothingness? And is the news industry being totally completely wiped out by the social platforms? We discuss digital design, innovation, and storytelling features with Wojtek Gròjec, digital editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Links: RFE 4-part story The Manhoff Archives: The web looks like shit: RFE story on Siberia highway: Wojtek on Twitter: Wojtek's website: Subscribe to our newsletter:
April 20, 2017
What do Perugia and Stockholm have in common? We talk trust in journalism
Henrik and Dávid talk about the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, which you should all go to next year. They also dissect the recent terrorist attack in Stockholm, and discuss the aftermath of the attack, when Swedish media were heavily criticized and accused of spreading false news. Links Journalism festival: Videos from festival: Fake new field guide: Articles from festival: Craig Silverman on FB presence: Swedish terrorist attack aftermath: & &
April 14, 2017
Flashy and pretty visual graphics are boring – give us context and meaning!
[We are very sorry for lower sound quality] We talk to the visual storytelling specialist Rachel Schallom about the next hit in interactive storytelling – auto play graphics – and what NOT to do when including interactive/visual elements in your projects. Rachel is an editor for hire specializing in visual, data and investigative journalism. She was the director of Interactives at Fusion and is a regular speaker at conferences nationwide and internationally. Links: 
Rachel on Twitter: Rachel's website: Best of Visual Storytelling: Newsletter archive: Our Dishonest President: Uber story by NY Times: NPR visual storytelling team Github: News grap
April 6, 2017
Stop wasting money, hire a freelancer! We talk freelance journalism and explain HackPack
Farah Mohammed is a nomadic journalist, based wherever there’s an internet connection. She has a particular interest in digital journalism and exploring innovation in media. Currently, she is the Chief Marketing Officer and Lead of the Americas at, a contributor to the international women’s rights platform Girls’ Globe, but she will soon be "up for grabs." You want to know why she's decided to leave HackPack? Listen to the episode and you'll find out! Links: Farah on Twitter: Farah's official website: HackPack: CJR story on VICE freelance journalists treatment: Gabriel Snyder story on NYT for WIRED: #LastNightInSweden:
March 30, 2017
Music has DJs, Journalism has VJs. We talk VR, 360 video & future of immersive storytelling
In the sixth episode of the Check Your Facts podcast, we tell the story of a German VR company shaping the future of VR in media business, and discuss the potential for VR and AR experiences in digital journalism with video expert Susanne Dickel. Links: IntoVR: & Student project in Lausitz: Dagens Nyheter's VR project, DN.VR: Clouds over Sidra: Christiane Wittenbecher's Iraq story: Hyper-Reality movie by Keiichi Matsuda: Susanne on Twitter: Susanne's official website: Susanne on Facebook:
March 23, 2017
Is viral audio a thing? We review Anchor, and discuss the future of podcasts
Everybody knows what viral video is. But have you ever heard of viral audio? What is the future of audio journalism and podcasts? This is some of the things we discuss with Marc Biskup, Social Media Manager at MDR Sachsen-Anhalt in Magdeburg, Germany. Also, we review the "radio by the people" app Anchor's major redesign. Links: Angry caller thinks that one word is pronounced incorrectly: Readers of BILD hate the satire magfazine Titanic (in German): Christian Bale flips out on the set of Terminator Salvation (not Batman...): Audio faces unique challenges on Facebook, NPR: How The Economist is using Facebook for live audio: S-Town podcast by Serial: Abby Norman – Let Me G
March 16, 2017
Why should we make email newsletters great again?
The email newsletter is dead. Long live the email newsletter! Nikky Hofland, Product Owner at Revue in the Netherlands, talks about the resurgence of the email newsletter, and explains why personal newsletters is the new black.
March 9, 2017
Experiment or perish: Why The Guardian creates stuff for a 20 people audience
The Guardian editor Sasha Koren about the The Guardian's Mobile Innovation Lab – which is explicitly NOT addressing monetization, instead figuring out what formats might be appealing for users, and sharing that information publicly.
March 2, 2017
Stop complaining! Journalism is changing. Deal with it
Prior to the recording of this episode – partly recorded in Warsaw during the Rockit Digital Summit – our special guest star Viorel Pahomi, political talkshow host at Realitatea TV Moldova in Chișinău, held a passionate speech about all that's wrong with the digital journalism of today. And that passion quickly turns Check Your Facts episode 2 into a doomsday episode, but it is somewhat averted with a great/horrible sense of Swedish humor... ;)
February 23, 2017
Why do we need communities for journalists? Lina Timm, founder of the DJR community, has the answer
Lina Timm founded the Slack community Digital Journalism Rocks a year ago, and it's growing fast. In the very first episode of Check Your Facts, Lina talks about innovation, the tiresome media legacy, and the necessity of discussing digital journalism among journalists.
February 16, 2017
Teaser Episode - David & Henrik introduce the podcast
Check Your Facts is a podcast about journalism, by journalists, for everyone. The podcast is hosted by David & Henrik. David Tvrdon is a data journalist and Project Manager at Dennik SME in Bratislava, Slovakia. Henrik Ståhl is a journalist and Product Owner at Bonnier News in Stockholm, Sweden. They first met online through the Slack community Digital Journalism Rocks in June 2016. Check Your Facts podcast will bring weekly interviews with leading journalists and media innovators from Europe and beyond. The Whats and the Whys and the Hows, they go without saying. A podcast without them isn't a podcast about journalism. In Check Your Facts, we explore the vast seas of empathy, the lush forests of innovation, and the pulsating beats of everyday happenings. We strive for clearence in a world rattled by Brexits and Trumps, and we dig into the emotions tied to the significant moments. We try to make sense of it all. Find out more at and subscribe to the newsle
February 7, 2017
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