Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The streets of China

Walking around in places I've never been and seeing the locals living their everyday lives - this is my favorite part of travelling. 

Especially in China, where nothing is really 'normal' when you look at it from a Western perspective.  You see old people meeting on the streets for some card games, dance lessons, chess or jenga, you see people sleeping on couches or chairs they have put outside of their houses, people selling food that is so unsanitary you might get a food poisoning by just looking at it, children peeing into trash cans, and people who really seem to need the money they get from selling their farm products, but who at the same time own the newest iPhone6. 

Yes, there are so many things in China that are not  normal, but this is what I like about this country. I feel like every day is an adventure and I'm pretty sure I could never get bored here!













Yours truly,

Kai


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A 10 hour long data journalism workshop - a nightmare or not?

This post was written for my multimedia reporting class in Tsinghua University. 


Let’s be honest, when I first heard that we are going to have a 10 hour long data journalism workshop in my multimedia reporting class, I wasn’t really stoked about it. What I had in mind, was that we are all going to sit in our computers and look at slides on how to create graphs and tables in Excel. Maybe some of the trainers would even add some correlations and Pivot-tables. Fun right?

The reality was completely different – after 10 hours of learning from the best data journalists in the world I felt so motivated and happy. Because what I didn’t know, is that during these 10 hours they will not only explain me how to be a better journalist but also show me how to bind together four different fields that I am really interested in – international relations/politics, journalism, economy and intelligence analysis. The answer was investigative data journalism.

I learned that being interested in all of these fields could actually make you become a better journalist. I learned that a good journalist shouldn’t only rely on its knowledge on how to collect and present data or rely on its ability to tell good stories. A good journalist is able to bind them all together and create stories that are based on real evidence and data, but which are also personal and make people personally relate to the situation.


In addition to all the things I learned about data journalism, I also got more motivated to concentrate more of my time on learning Chinese, because well, one of the journalists Patrick Boehler spoke fluently 5 languages. I guess I still have some room to improve my skills in that field!

And overall, I have realized I study in one of the coolest universities in the world!

All the best,

Kai

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sneak peek: Golden Week Holidays

This blog post is written for my multimedia reporting class in Tsinghua University, but it will hopefully give you a small glimpse of my golden week trip to Inner Mongolia and Datong.

The Inner Mongolian Grasslands

The Gobi desert

The Gobi Desert
Photo composition: The photo has been taken using the rule of thirds.  Instead of using symmetrical balance I used off-center balancing. The main focus is on the Chinese rice hat and the sand dune on the foreground, but to give an overview of the overall desert landscape I left room to the right side of the picture to give it more depth.

Datong


Hengshan

Yours truly,

Kai