This week in our DJR Slack: Weekly-Challenge on anti-predictions & some new features.
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Hi everyone,

I hope you had some wonderful and calm Christmas days with lots of love and food and presents! Regardless of whether you now need a little pause from all this food and family thing or a distraction at work, because you're the only one who is working this week (hey, at least no-one else is disturbing you) - that's what our Rocks Report is for.

The Rockstars and I have put together a short but fantastic newsletter just for you. Oh, and we have someone new in the Rockstar family: @mario takes over #audience-development from @madalina.ciobanu. Thanks so much Madalina for all your effort - and rock on, Mario!

If you need even more distraction, I'd love to read your thoughts on this weeks #weekly-challenge. We are searching for the anti-predictions: "Which journalistic “next big thing” predictions are doomed to fail in 2017?" I know you have a thought on that right this moment. Write it down!

Rock on & read you in Slack!



"Facebook is now actively doing something against it. Don't know what exactly that means. But I like it."

– Martin Hoffmann on polls in livestreams –


What do you think about Instagram Stories?
  • Although it is kind of a Facebook matter, we discussed - again - Instagram stories. We are still missing pro arguments, so feel free to join the discussion.
  • And LinkedIn introduced a new feature: a video format Quora-style Q&A from Influencers.

Channel Rockstar: @marcbiskup. Check out the channel for more or contact Marc for questions.


Hey editors, which metrics convince you most?

Lots of starting points for discussions float around in #audience-development:

Channel Rockstar: @mario Check out the channel for more or contact Mario for questions.


Live audio - great new step or just a minor thing?

Channel Rockstar: @davidtvrdon. Check out the channel for more or contact David for questions.


We're searching for the best recording app

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


Youtube joins the GIF-Party
  • You can now create GIFs directly from Youtube! Has anyone tried it out yet? We’re all dying to see your best Youtube native GIF creations!

Channel Rockstar: @henrik.stahl. Check out the channel for more or contact Henrik for questions.


In what case do we need 360° live video?
  • In VR-AR channel, we had quite a few discussions, e. g. whether VR or AR will be more interesting for Journalism in the future. @sandrostark think it’ll be Mixed Reality as it enriches our already existing 3D world.
  • And then Facebook launched its first live 360° video with National Geographic. We had a vivid discussion on which topics might suit live videos in 360° (probably sports) and how to work with several cameras (@martinhoffmann suggested Mevo, the directing bot that already exists for normal cameras).
  • @henrikstahl told us that Wordpress now enables 360° videos on the websites. And, something he’s really waiting for, it seems like Nintendo develops a VR headset. So in the near future, we might run ourselves through Super Mario World and fight Bowser.

Channel Rockstar: @flight_1. Check out the channel for more or contact Susanne for questions.

 GIF of the week 

Well, 2016...

Carefully selected by Lina.

Spread Love!
These people contributed to this newsletter, give them all your love as they clean up our Slack for you!
@madalina.ciobanu@kollege@thomasweyres@davidtvrdon@marcbiskup@martinhoffmann@flight_1@tilman@jankoenig, @henrik.stahl@dorien_luyckx, @farahcolette@luziatschirky and @mario.
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We're searching for more Rockstars! These channels are not assigned yet: #events and #audience-development. Anyone who is into one of these topics and would like to be a Rockstar? Just volunteer in our #headquarter!
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