Prof. Dr. Magdalena Taube

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Taube.

Professor Journalism
Programme Journalism
Media Faculty
Campus Berlin

Born 1983 in Brandenburg (former GDR). German Literature, British and American Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin. Master thesis on authorship on the internet. PhD thesis on dispositions and competencies in digital journalism. Lives as a journalist, scholar and organizer in Berlin. Co-publisher of Berliner Gazette (www.berlinergazette.de). Her work focuses mainly on socio-political issues at the intersection of democracy and the digital revolution.

As a journalist her practical experiences blend work in online and offline formats. She started to write for the local newspaper Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung as a teenager. In 2007-09 she was the head of the culture and media segment of du-machst.de, an online portal for youth engagement, initiated by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In 2009-10 she was chief editor of kulturportal.de, a nationwide online magazine in Germany. Since 2010 she has been the managing editor of the Berliner Gazette. As a freelance writer she has published in print and online media such as fluter.de, die tageszeitung and springerin. Recent publications include anthologies such as Modell Autodidakt (Panama Verlag, 2011), Komplizen (iRights Media, 2014), A Field Guide to the Snowden Files (Diamondpaper, 2017), Disruption des Journalismus (Institute of Network Cultures, 2018).

As a researcher and scholar she has been focusing on the intersection between journalism and the digital revolution. Her field studies include inquiries into the technological expertise of young journalists and so-called digital natives in general. Apart from that, she has been doing research into digital long form journalism as a story-telling practice. Results of her academic research as well as her journalistic experience go into her work as a lecturer on online journalism and media literacy. Since 2010 she has been lecturer at the Humboldt University Berlin and Bard College. Further assignments at SRH University Berlin and Hamburg Media School. Additional work with minors at the Wannsee Forum and the Röntgenschule.

As an organizer she has curated various Berliner Gazette culture projects (e.g. BQV, 2012) and she has co-hosted the annual Berliner Gazette conferences for the past ten years, bridging practical as well as theoretical concerns of social movements and bringing together scholars, coders, activists and cultrural workers from more than 20 countries at venues such as Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz and ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics. She has organized numerous interdisciplinary workshops for diverse participants to embark upon collaborative media projects. Activities outside the Berliner Gazette include organizing support for refugees as well as asylum seekers and gender mainstreaming initiatives.

Talks and lectures at institutions and grassroots initiatives, such as Hertie Forum (Berlin), Mediamatic Foundation (Amsterdam), Hokkaido University (Sapporo), Bluestockings (New York), booksa (Zagreb), Otaku Festival (Bucharest) and re:publica (Berlin).

 

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