FOCUS Online becomes more constructive with AI
FOCUS Online is the first German news portal to use an in-house developed tool based on artificial intelligence to make its content more constructive in the long term. The "Constructive Score" acts as a new metric in the daily editorial routine of FOCUS Online and provides the BurdaForward brand with live information about how solution-oriented the content on the portal is designed. With success: on the FOCUS Online homepage alone, the articles have increased in their constructiveness by more than 10 percent since the score went live in the middle of last year.
Olaf Scholz visits BurdaForward
In a good mood, determined, focused. This is how Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz appeared during his visit to Munich last week. The candidate for chancellor took time for an open conversation with the BurdaForward colleagues and answered their questions about the pandemic fight, the upcoming election campaign and shared his very personal view on the developments in the country.
Joining forces against the Corona Blues
Usually, Advent is a time of coming together. This year, however, people are encouraged to isolate themselves and keep their distance. The lockdown is hitting Germany hard. How can we nevertheless help people feel hope, feel less lonely and move closer together, at least a little, from within their own four walls at home? That's what colleagues at BurdaForward asked themselves. Joining forces, the teams went on air on this fourth Sunday of Advent on Focus Online, Bunte.de, Chip, TV Spielfilm, FitForFun and the other portals in a nine-hour livestream.
The promise: The birth of Sinfoglesia
During a life-threatening illness eight years ago, the Cologne composer and producer Christoph Siemons finds hope, strength and new courage to face life in his faith and makes a very special promise to God. This is how Sinfoglesia was born - an ensemble of more than 100 musicians. The album "Das Versprechen" will be released on 4 December 2020.
New Work: Short-term corona concept or long-term work model?
Germany works out of home office. When everything started in March 2020, everyone was acting in survival mode. Now the long-term nature of the remote working concept is in demand. Many companies are preparing for longer home offices. Because one factor that has changed since the first lockdown is the ability to plan.
More than 5.000 participants at Germany's largest digital finance day of BurdaForward
Thinking big, implementing fast and disruptively moving the market - this is what BurdaForward (including FOCUS Online, CHIP, BUNTE, TV Spielfilm, Finanzen100) achieved with the largest digital finance day in Germany. For one day, 27 financial experts on three stages gave the more than 5,000 participants valuable tips on pensions, real estate and shares and also answered individual financial questions live. By publishing the most exciting video excerpts of the presentations, FOCUS Online was able to reach an additional 100,000 people with the day's content.
Huge #CoronaCare campaign: FOCUS Online goes live for 12 hours on "Home Sunday"
Loneliness, uncertainty, financial hardship: the crisis is getting on people's nerves. This is why FOCUS Online has teamed up with BUNTE.de, CHIP.de, Finanzen100, NetMoms, FIT FOR FUN, TV SPIELFILM and TV TODAY to compose a 12-hour live programme against the lockdown blues: This Sunday will be a "Home Sunday", which will give people in Germany courage and joy! The news portal goes on air with formats that offer support to individuals in the crisis. In addition to mental coaching, financial tips and workouts, entertaining things are brought into homes and flats.
Live expert interview: The new Corona Warning App
Since yesterday, the mobile app of the Robert Koch Institute for the containment of the Corona pandemic is available for download. CHIP and FOCUS Online joined forces and discussed the issue with selected experts in a one-hour LIVE broadcast.
#Lebenslauf2020 running challenge for Germany’s terminally ill children
"Mom said my brother is very sick and may leave us soon. Will he go to heaven?" Every day, the "Oskar Sorgentelefon” (Oskar worry phone) of the German association of children's hospices faces questions like these. Germany’s terminally ill children and their loved ones can reach the Oskar Sorgentelefon confidentially, free of charge and around the clock – even in the middle of the night or on holidays. The telephone service is financed by donations alone, but these have come to a near standstill in the face of the economic crisis that hit German society during the coronavirus pandemic. While donations are slowing down, OSKAR’s telephone hotlines never stand still - and neither does Marie Schulte-Bockum.
Corona App: Why CHIP recommends installation
In order to ensure that society is protected against further infections, at least 60 percent of smartphone users in Germany should have the corona app installed and activated. In a one-hour live broadcast by CHIP.de and FOCUS Online, selected experts will speak on the new corona warning app of the German government.
100 artists, 1 good cause
We can get lost in music. Music can make us cry. It can drive us to top performance in sports. It catches us, makes us happy or comforts us. Music carries and accompanies us through all situations in life. That is why we want to do good together with fantastic artists and the FOCUS Online #CoronaCare campaign and do good
Church@Home: Celebrate Easter with #CoronaCare
All over Germany millions of people flock to church at Easter. But during the coronavirus crisis, places of worship must remain closed. FOCUS Online, Bayerischer Rundfunk and DOMRADIO provide livestreams of Easter Masses, thus bringing the church services home.
A newsroom in the Corona crisis
The corona pandemic is keeping people around the world on tenterhooks, causing uncertainty and awakening the need for reliable information. Digital news portals such as FOCUS Online have a fundamental role to play in crisis situations like this. What is happening behind the scenes? How does the editorial team cope with this extraordinary news situation under the difficult working conditions it entails?
"Eliminating fears and worries without trivializing"
Since one week FOCUS Online and a team of experts have been answering the most common questions about coronavirus in a digital consultation hour - live and in constant exchange with infectiologists, virologists and other specialists. Already in this time the portal reached with the consulting hour on focus.de over one million humans, daily several hundred Mails arrive with the editorship.
Number 1 for almost 37 million people
In February 2020, four of the eight BurdaForward portals - FOCUS Online, CHIP.de, NetMoms and Finanzen100 - top the AGOF competition ranking. These brands are the leaders in their respective subject areas, reaching a total of 36.73 million people*. But who are the faces and what are the strategies behind these top portals? We present their recipes for success.
FOCUS in the course of time
Florian Festl and Markus Krischer hosted the third FOCUS Dinner Talk on 30 January. Under the moderation of Susann Atwell, the FOCUS makers discussed questions about the future of the media industry, talked about changes in journalistic work and outlined the cooperation between the print and digital editorial teams under the common umbrella of the FOCUS brand. Marketing decision-makers from all sectors accepted the invitation to Düsseldorf's star restaurant Dr. Kosch.
Peter Maffay talks about the emotional return to his native Romania
First chance, second chance, missed chance. For the third episode of the FOCUS online format "Talking Good", presenter Cherno Jobatey welcomes a renowned entertainer. Peter Maffay talks about his native Romania – and explains, why the country he fled as a child is like another world.
Tesla Model 3 has the most longevity in value
After four years, the Tesla Model 3 has the highest percentage residual value and is therefore the winner of the "residual value giants" 2023/1. This result of the comparison carried out by FOCUS Online and Bähr & Fess is published today by the electric mobility portal EFAHRER.com.
FOCUS Online starts "security report"
FOCUS Online is intensively dealing with the socially extremely relevant topic of internal security in a very deep and broad-based series. Under the title "Security Report Germany", the news portal will be publishing regular content on this topic in Germany from today.
Journalists in conversation with FOCUS
FOCUS Online and FOCUS Magazine co-hosted the second industry leaders’ meeting of their new event series “FOCUS Dinner Talk” in Munich. The event for customers and colleagues was moderated by Susann Atwell. BurdaForward’s COO Daniel Steil, FOCUS Online’s chief editor Florian Festl and FOCUS Magazine’s deputy editor Markus Krischer discussed the future of journalism, changes in editorial work and the consumption of news.
The Future of Journalism
Last week, FOCUS Online and FOCUS Magazine hosted dinner for media industry leaders in Hamburg. FOCUS Online’s editor-in-chief Daniel Steil and FOCUS Magazine’s deputy editor Markus Krischer discussed the future of journalism with clients, agencies and colleagues. Susanne Atwell guided the group through the evening.