Media and people change the world...


to the Documentation Center for courageous investigations and reports. The domain address "" (English: "unearth the facts" or "bringing to light") also symbolizes the idea of this virtual Documentation Center:

  • Important investigations (many of which also received awards), reportages, stories and topics are presented
  • How the stories and the topics continued? What was their impact? What did they change? The story behind the story is also being told.
  • It is shown the particular importance of so-called whistleblowers and informers. Whistleblowers draw the attention of the public and the media e.g. on risks or dangers.

The original website of Doc.Center is a German one: Actually only exists in English and links lead to the German site, but reports and the truth behind them translated in English are forthcoming. First stories are available at

The following sub-portals can be found in the Documentation Center:

‹bersicht In √úBERSICHT (OVERVIEW) everything can be found, which is documented in detail in the Documentation Center in 19 subject areas currently.

Lupe In WÄCHTERPREIS stories can be found which were honored with the "Waechterpreis der Tagespresse‚ÄĚ (English: guardian of the daily press prize) since 2003. The Waechter Award is presented annually by the Foundation "Freedom of the Press" and honors courageous reporters and their published stories. The Documentation Center presents these stories and their origins.
The awarded stories are examples for a committed journalism, which still exists in newspapers - despite radical job cuts, drastic budget cuts and other restructuring measures in the newsrooms.
Current and formerly honored stories at

fiktives-stea People who inform the public early about certain problems, grievances, risks or hazards are of enormous importance for social cohesion. They are a kind of (an unorganized) early warning system if something goes wrong. Sometimes they can prevent accidents or turn off mismanagement e.g. abuse of power - if one is listening to them. The opposite very often happens. These persons are often blamed as "traitors" and mobbed when they address the general public in order to warn. These courageous people are referred to as WHISTLEBLOWER or informants. The impact of whistleblower can be read in several stories and these reportages prove why whistleblowing is indispensable.

logo-blink INFORMANTEN INFO is for potential whistleblowers. Here are hints given e.g. how to "blow the whistle" without running the risk of losing the livelihood. This needs to be considered, because whistleblowing is very often not regarded positively in Germany. In terms of protection for whistleblowers, Germany is even among the worst countries in international comparison.

Collage2 In ANDERE STORIES stories and topics are presented, which do not fit into the other sub-portals: They reflect e.g. the continuous confrontation between 'ruled' and 'rulers'. Some stories deal with the lives of ordinary people. Other stories are based on previously not published investigations.

ZAPP-Logo Stories which are based on covert investigations can be looked up in UNDERCOVER. These stories e.g. deal with the neo-Nazi scene or export of toxic waste and could only be searched by way of an undercover investigation.

Collage1 In ¬ęTV ‚Äď MAGAZINE¬Ľ (TV-REPORTS) regular recurring topics in magazine broadcasts are presented. These TV-reportages were produced by the editorial staffs of ‚Äúpanorama‚ÄĚ [Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)], ‚ÄúKontraste‚ÄĚ [Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)] and ‚Äúfrontal 21‚ÄĚ [Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)].
Unfortunately the cooperation with these broadcast stations stopped. In 2007 the ZDF decided waiving its online-archives. We deplore the fact that formerly aired TV-reports are no longer online available. Obviously, the public broadcast is no longer interested to be part of the "public memory" ‚Äď with the exception of NDR`s ‚Äúpanorama‚ÄĚ.
Unfortunately since 2008 there is also no more cooperation with ‚Äúpanorama‚ÄĚ due to a dispute between its editorial staff and the Documentation Center. One of the honored stories of 2008`s Waechter Award dealt with public broadcast charges ("Schon GEZahlt?", English: ‚ÄúPaid already?‚ÄĚ). The Documentation Center published as usual background information of the honored story ‚Äď which caused in this case a controversy with the editorial staff of ‚Äúpanorama‚ÄĚ. For more information see
Stories and discussions of public broadcast TV-reports are now being elsewhere reprocessed and updated by the Documentation Center.
This sub-portal will be closed later in 2012.

Medien+Demokratie In the countries of Eastern Europe there are widely varying options for people and media. Growing prospects and options are without any doubt essential for a democratic self-determination. Therefore, the Documentation Center cooperates with the Free Russian-German Institute (FRDIP - at the Faculty of Journalism of Lomonossov University, Moscow. In the run of this cooperation was organized a Hamburg-wide series of events on the theme "Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe" in autumn 2009. Click HERE how our collaboration looks like.

All stories, research and reports presented by the Documentation Center are fully documented, easy to find and accessible to all.

Furthermore the story behind the story is told:

  • What circumstance gave rise to the story? How could the scandal become known?
  • Who exactly is involved?
  • How was the reporter able to get necessary information? What was the approach?
  • What impact did the story? And of whom?
  • How the story moved on? What is the current status?
  • What is to be done when you have to handle a similar situation.

These aspects can be found on the left navigation bar when a theme or a story is selected. By clicking on the colored buttons on the top navigation bar, you can switch to another sub-portal.

This website is subject to permanent construction. The Documentation Center intends to publish more stories, issues, scandals, affairs as well as their impact also of other countries. Mutual cooperation is planned with institutions that have similar goals as the Documentation Center. For investigations and reports from Russia and other Eastern European countries, the website is provided. This portal will be a collaboration with the Free Russian-German Institute for Journalism (FRDIP) at the Lomonossov University, Moscow.
First stories in English are available at

The Documentation Center has its base currently at the University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Hamburg (at the Faculty of Design, Media and Information (DMI)). For more information see ABOUT US and HAW-Hamburg.

Criticism, suggestions and hints are welcome. Feel free to contact us over IMPRINT/CONTACT.