A World Premier in Berlin
On 26 June 2020, a triple premier took place virtually and in the iac Community Space: the first online, English and Bosch Alumni version of the Reporter Slam. In this format, three reporters from across the world, all of them members of the Bosch Alumni Network, “slammed” against each other. Each of them had ten minutes to tell his or her most entertaining experience while researching a news story. In the end, the viewers at home chose the “slampion” of the evening.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Reporter Slam was carried out virtually for the first time. Host Jochen Markett streamed live from the Community Space together with Ukulele bard Bommi and bass player Brummi who provided the musical elements. The three contestants - Emily Schutheis, Ognyan Georgiev and Una Hajdari - joined in via video call from various European capitals. As the audience could not determine the slampion on site by applause volume, they chose their favorites on the voting platform Slido.
Orignially from the US, Emily Schutheis received a scholarship of the “Institute of Current World Affairs“ (ICWA) and now lives in Berlin. As a freelance journalist she is focusing on the growing popularity of right-wing populist parties in Europe. She talked about Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the consequences of the “Ibiza affair”.
Ognyan Georgiev who works for the Bulgarian business magazine “Capital” called from his home country’s capital Sofia. He told a very original story about a Belgian pensioner living in the small Bulgarian village of Leshten who occupied the mayor’s office of the village as the water access to his house was shut down.
Last but not least, Una Hajdari, a freelance journalist from Kosovo, presented how she stopped a nationalist shitstorm. In 2018, Hajdari reported critically on the Croatian national team as the players invited Thompson – a well-known singer accused of glorifying Croatian fascism - to play at their post-World Cup celebration. She made a lot of enemies in the Balkans because of this but was able to "crack the nationalist code". Watch the recording on YouTube to hear the full stories of the three contestants!
After a short musical intermezzo by Bommi and Brummi, Una Hajdari was crowned the first online “slampion”. Congratulations, Una and we hope that we can organize another "Reporter Slam meets Bosch Alumni Network" as a physical event soon!
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