"Elektrischer Reporter" is a documentary series about internet culture and digital change. Originally developed in 2006 for the german news portal Handelsblatt.com, the series is now produced for the online division of german public television broadcaster ZDF.
Every episode of the series is published under a public license (CC), which permits viewers to download, embed and re-distribute the videos in their own internet sites in original or even modified form. Episodes of "Elektrischer Reporter" can even be downloaded from BitTorrent portals like ThePirateBay.org - legally.
Apart from talking heads the internet culture topics are almost pictureless (a massive problem for the coverage of those topics in video formats …). “Elektrischer Reporter” however has found his own special way of presentation: Off comments are accompanied by associative pictures of everyday life or by retro film snippets. Complex contexts are illustrated and explained with funny cartoons. The “electric reporter” himself presents the trendsetting topics as a cool retro style TV host in a drawn black-and-white studio.
Each episode (12 new episodes in 2009) is dedicated to a special topic, which is regarded and explained from different points of view. The topics range from short message service Twitter, the US presidential and the German election web activities up to e-sports and collaborative artwork.
This episode exemplarily represents this exceptional web video format. “The Future of Journalism, Who is going to pay for it?” was first published on October 16th 2009 on ZDF websites and later broadcasted on ZDF info.
The electric reporter in person of author and host Mario Sixtus describes the economic and journalistic effects of the digital change for his own profession. He documents the quarrel between the publishers and Google. He gives a glimpse on economic successful blogs and shows alternative journalistic options like the foundation model and donation based journalism.
(c) 2009 ZDF, (cc) by-nc-sa, Blinkenlichten Produktionen for ZDF.de
Original URL (german version): elektrischer-reporter.de/elr/video/170/