Online First


Starting on 3 April, I will be working at a new position within Heise. For the last three and a half years, I have been employed as an editor for c't magazine and heise Security (which is the infosec channel for heise online). Even though I was mostly writing online stories in that time, I was also doing a lot of things for the print magazine. While I do enjoy working on c't, I originally joined heise for The H in the UK1 to exclusively write online. Online has always been in my blood and I am now going back to the roots, as it were.

I have transferred over to work exclusively on heise online as a whole. No more print work, unless I specifically want to do a story for c't. Me and three colleagues (one from each desk within c't, broadly: operating systems, hardware, internet and software) will interface between the print editors and the reporters in the heise online newsroom. Our job is to decide which stories that require in-depth technical knowledge get written, who writes them and how they are written. We will write many of them ourselves. We are also responsible for developing heise online as a publishing brand and must come up with new ways to generate and present content for our respective fields. The position has tentatively been named "online first editor" and was created in a concerted push to make heise online, which is already the premier German-speaking news source for IT professionals, even better.

This new job is a huge responsibility and I am honoured to have been picked as one of four people out of an editorial staff of over fifty to spearhead this new initiative. People who know me know that I wholeheartedly believe in online journalism. It is the future and I am convinced that it can be monetised if you do it correctly. Now it's my time to help make it happen at Heise.

I haven't been as energised since I started working in Hannover three years ago. I feel like this is the start of a great new part of my career. I feel daunted by the monumental task ahead, but I'm also confident I can make a difference here.

  1. Coincidentally, I joined The H exactly five years prior to officially getting the news about the current change, on 1 March 2012.

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