A final song for Coco Schumann

I’m sure every journalist has some stories they regret not getting round to. I know I’ve got a few. One involved a German-Jewish musician whose life story is so amazing it’s hard to understand why they haven’t made a Hollywood movie about him yet. Coco Schumann dodged the Gestapo as a teenager, playing ‘forbidden’ swing […]

How viral sites work

Recently I was checking what news from Germany is going viral (it’s part of my job) and I noticed that one of the top ten stories involved an elderly man who had found his long-lost wedding ring wrapped around a carrot grown in his garden. The story appeared on a site called Buzz Flare. Buzz […]

Dubious Sources

When reading what someone has to say about the state of the world, does it matter who they are? It can. You’d expect a chicken farmer to be skeptical about vegetarianism, and a scientist to take a dim view of homeopathy. A person’s background doesn’t automatically dictate their opinion, but it helps if readers can put their views into […]