Parts of this post will unsettle you…

German Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Thomas de Maizière, is well-known for his verbal slips, which make him a frequent “guest” in late night comedy shows and such. But even he was able to one-up himself, when he gave a press conference on November 18, 2015, on the cancellation of the football match between Germany and the Netherlands in Hannover, five days after the horrible IS attacks on Paris. The decision was made based on intelligence about concrete threats to the security of fans and the public. Everybody was understanding. Everything was fine. Until the press conference…

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What Periscope and Meerkat mean for crisis communications

When a bomb threat at the “Germany’s next top model” finals caused an evacuation on September 22, 2015, German BILD reporter Daniel Cremer whipped out his smartphone and broadcasted the situation live from the venue. Given the sudden nature of the situation, the broadcast was not advertised or promoted, but it got about 3,000 live views on Periscope. With this, he was clearly ahead of all other media reporting on the incident with significant delay and based on other “sources”. Here, Daniel Cremer was source, journalist, videographer, and editor in one.

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