Mit (2011-12) engagiert sich das xm:lab in der Auseinandersetzung um die Zukunft journalistischer Praktiken im globalen Echtzeit-Netz. In Kooperation mit internationalen Partnern entstehen experimentelle Plattformen, begleitet durch eine Workshop-Reihe zu Schlüsselthemen. Das Netzwerk (Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Pixelchiefs, Sourcefabric, xm:lab) wurde 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria nach einem ersten Workshop ins Leben gerufen. Das 'cc' bezieht sich auf die auf allen Projektplattformen verwendeten offenen Lizenzen, die die journalistische Recherche durch das Festlegen von Nutzer/innenrechten durch die Autor/innen unterstützen soll - Inhalte können so leichter ausgetauscht und im Rahmen in der Creative Commons-Lizenz weiterverwendet werden.



Initiated in 2011, j-hub is an international partnership between the Goethe-Institute (Lagos, Nigeria), xm:lab (Saarbruecken, Germany), Sourcefabric (Prague, Czech Republic), and Pixelchiefs (Berlin, Germany). It works with journalists and media activists across the world to develop journalism projects for the world of real-time media. workshops are based on a peer-to-peer education model. Local and international facilitators engage participants in training activities that cover the entire journalistic workflow. The ‘cc - common content’ refers to the Creative Commons license used for all content published on the site, chosen because open licenses with pre-defined user rights facilitate sharing and support freedom of information.

Facilitators / Trainers

Various people have acted as facilitators for


Michael Ilesanmi (Freelancer, Nigeria), Jude Mathurine (Rhodes New Media Lab, South Africa), Quirin Pils (Pixelchiefs), Adam Thomas (Sourcefabric), Jan Tretschok (xm:lab), Soenke Zehle (xm:lab).



Launched in 2012, is a Nigerian initiative to aggregate and amplify news from an environmental perspective. It provides an online platform for eco-journalism in Nigeria to extend the reach of Nigerian eco-journalists and their work. The website is the world’s first site to be powered by the state-of-the-art, open source publishing platform Newscoop 4. Developed by j-hub partner Sourcefabric, the site publishes articles and resources on Nigerian environmental issues.



Music in Africa Online Journalism Workshop

Johannesburg, South Africa

In cooperation with Goethe-Institute South Africa and Siemens Stiftung



Eco-Journalism - A New Approach to Nigerian News? at re:publica 2012



From Content to Code - Eco-Journalistic Practices and Platforms

Lagos, Nigeria



Game Design / Crowdfunding Research Exchange

Co-Creation Hub

Lagos, Nigeria



Developer Meeting

Mediafabric Conference

Prague, Czech Republic



Workshop/Meeting - J-Hub Roadmap Development

Sourcefabric, Berlin



Workshop Tools & Trends in Online Journalism



The availability of low-cost internet-capable devices and decreasing cost of broadband access are changing - and challenging - news industries across the world. As these developments give rise to new formats such as citizen journalism and real-time reportage, the Lagos based NGO Communicating for Change and Goethe-Institut Nigeria initiated a workshop "J-Hub: Tools & Trends in Online Journalism".


Developed by Communication for Change (Nigeria), New Media Lab (South Africa), Pixelchiefs (Germany) and xm:lab (Germany), the workshop agenda covered a broad array of online tools and technologies. To best address the diversity of backgrounds, workshop facilitators combined overview presentations with small group exercises and one-on-one consulting on individual online publishing strategies.


The workshop was attended by 22 professional journalists from across Nigeria (Owerri, Abuja, Lagos, Jos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Jola, Uyo, Lokoja, Awka) chosen by their news organizations to become users and advocates of online journalism technologies. The broadband connection provided by the Goethe-Institut allowed all participants online access during the workshop. A large number of participants used their own laptops; others were able to work with mobile devices provided by workshop partner Samsung Mobile.


Over a course of five days, individual workshop modules addressed key areas of online journalism such as computer-assisted research and reportage, use of social media and multimedia publishing tools, strategies of online writing, online security, copyright, and the ethics of online publishing. Particular attention was paid to the dynamic legal and policy environment in Nigeria as it relates to journalism, especially the new Freedom of Information Law and the development of a Nigerian version of the popular Creative Commons license. The workshop also collaborated with Dr. Aluma of the Department of Mass Communication of University of Lagos.