About Konrad Lischka

Konrad Lischka is blogging about digital media and data journalism in his free time. He is working as project manager in the task force digitisation at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Until 4/2016 he was policy advisor on media policy and digital society in the State Chancellery of Germany’s biggest (counting the 17,57 million inhabitants) state North Rhine-Westphalia. Until 3/2014 Lischka was deputy head of the web, tech, media section at Spiegel Online, Germany’s biggest news website (counting unique visitors back then). Between 2004 and 2007 he worked as editorial director corporate publishing at a German content marketing agency and as editor-in-chief of bücher, a German literary magazine. Lischka was trained as an editor at the at the Deutsche Journalistenschule (German School of Journalism) in Munich and studied journalism, political science, sociology, art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (diploma in 2004). During studies between 1999 and 2004 Lischka wrote as a freelance journalist about web, tech, media, games, books for national dailies like Süddeutsche Zeitung and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.



October 26, 1979 in Katowice (Poland)


1999 – 2004: Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (journalism, political science, sociology, art history).  Diploma (2004).  Thesis “Back to the future? The feature pages of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung from 1999 to 2002 (topics, genre, concept of culture)”

1999 – 2003: Training at the Deutschen Journalistenschule (German School of Journalism) in Munich


State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia (2014 – today). Policy advisor on media policy and digital society

Spiegel Online (2007 – 2014). editor, from April 2011 on deputy head of  the web, tech, media section

VVA-Group (2004 – 2007). editorial director corporate publishing at a the VVA content marketing agency and editor-in-chief of bücher, a literary magazine

freelance journalist (1999 – 2004). Clients included Financial Times Deutschland (Networx), Frankfurter Rundschau (Feuilleton, Netzwerk), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Medien und Informatik), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Feuilleton, Wissenschaft), taz (Inland, Internet, Meinung, Medien, Kultur, Satire), Sonntagszeitung (Online), Die Zeit (Wissenschaft) c’t, GQ

taz-Ruhr, Bochum (1998 / 1999). local affairs, pigeon fanciers, horse betting


Drachenväter – Die Geschichte des Rollenspiels und die Geburt der virtuellen Welt, with Tom Hillenbrand. “Dragonfathers” tells the story of how Dungeons & Dragons started the role-playing game phenomenon and forever changed how we play and view the world. In great detail “Drachenväter” describes the history of American and European games like “Tunnels & Trolls”, “Das Schwarze Auge” or “Drakar & Demoner”.

Dinge mit Gesicht – Die Welt steckt voller Lächeln (Bildband). Crowdsourced photo blog turned into a coffee-table book showing things with faces

We are Anonymous, mit Ole Reissmann und Christian Stöcker, Goldmann, 2012

Dat Schönste am Wein is dat Pilsken danach, with Frank Patalong. Book about the history and the life style of two generations in the Ruhr Area.

Fehlfunktion, Warum Frischhaltefolie nie gerade abreißt und andere Alltagsärgernisse, Goldmann, 2010.