Wolfgang Stock (born Juli 5, 1959 in Hannover) is a German journalist, author, professor and managing partner of Convincet, a business consultancy for corporate communications.
Wolfgang Stock studied history and political science at the University of Würzburg and the University of Oxford. He earned a PhD with a thesis on the German European policy at the University of Oxford and completed the Advanced Management Program at the IESE Business School in Barcelona .
Journalistic and Academic Career
In the 1980s, he began his journalistic career as a freelance correspondent for various newspapers in the former Eastern Bloc countries, he reported during the period of martial law in Poland. He established close contacts with opposition intellectuals in the GDR, the Polish trade union Solidarity and Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia. He was an employee of one of the deputies of the European Parliament, Otto von Habsburg (CSU), and he edited the Paneuropean Journal. At the same time he was involved in the Paneuropean Youth. As an organizer and driver for relief transport of the International Society for Human Rights, he assisted, in the mid-1980s, Father Jerzy Popieluszko in his efforts to supply the families of the Polish opposition unter marshall law. He was the first West European person who arrived in Danzig after the imposition of martial law on December 13, 1981, leading a transport woth relief supplies for families of Solidarity activist confined in detention camps. In 1985, the then communist part of Germany (GDR) declared him a criminal person and denied him visas.
Working with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) as a correspondent since 1988, he reported, in 1990, on the first free elections in Eastern Germany/GDR. From 1991 on, he was political correspondent with the FAZ in Bonn. From 1996 to 1998 he was news editor of Berliner Zeitung, from 1998 to 2001 political correspondent for Focus in the federal capital, first Bonn and then Berlin. In 2000, he published the first biography of chancellor Angela Merkel. From 2001 to 2003, he was political editor and a managing editor of Germany's leading Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag.
Stock was professor of Journalism and division head at the Gustav Siewerth Academy from 2001 to 2009. In 2004 and 2005 he worked for two semesters representatives of professional journalism professor for history at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Since 2006 he holds lectureships in journalism at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder).
From 2003 to 2005 he worked for the media research institute Media Tenor. 2005 Stock became managing partner of the corporate communications consulting agency Convincet GmbH (former RCC Public Affairs, among other things, the video podcast of Chancellor Angela Merkel and produces initiated.
In October 2009 he lodged the only successful contend complaint in the tenth term of the Rundfunkrat of the WDR Broadcasting against a film of the journalist Klaus Martens. The Film "Heilung unerwünscht" (undesirable healing) was about a neurodermatitis ointment . In May 2010, the interim eleventh Rundfunkrat ) of the WDR declared the film violated the journalistic fairness through a highly simplified and one-sided representation thus held stocks complaint. Consequently, the Principles for Investigative Reporting for all groups of WDR program were revised
In October 2010 Wolfgang Stock and the lawyer and professor Johannes Weberling founded the Arbeitsstelle Wiki-Watch im „Studien- und Forschungsschwerpunkt Medienrecht“ der Juristischen Fakultät der Europa-Universität Viadrina (in short project Wiki-Watch) as Division of the media-law branch of the Viadrina European University, Germany which watches Wikipedia critically.
Wiki-Watch conducted and published a survey of administrators of German Wikipedia and blogs regularly about German Wikipedia problems. Wiki-Watch's site wiki-watch.org provides statistic insights on Wikipedia and evaluates automatically the formal reliability of Wikipedia articles in English and German by using statistical edit data and by collaborating with WikiTrust.
An Article published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung July 2011 and repeated in other media described an alleged conflict of interest between Stocks work for Wiki-Watch and for a pharmaceutical company which was a client of his agency Convincet. Weberling and Stock announced legal action against the newspaper, whereupon the online-articles have been taken offline. Stocks last Wikipedia edits in the area of pharmaceuticals and health issues date two years earlier in spring 2009 and one year before founding Wiki-Watch in late 2010. By his own admission his edits derived from personal interest and concernment and were not paid by anybody. Only later, from summer 2009 on he had worked as a communications consultant for the pharmaceutical company. In a formal reply in Der Spiegel Stock unchallenged claimed that he had made his edits of entries related to a pharmaceutical company before beginning his consulting work for this company.'
' Given the ongoing legal dispute on the accusation, allegedly having edited articles in favor of a pharmaceutical company, Stock gave up his leadership position of Wiki-Watch and his access rights to its Internet platform, but remained a team-member in September 2011. The European University Viadrina called the allegations demonstrably false
Decorations and Community Activities
On 3 September 2010, the Polish state president Bronislaw Komorowski awarded him with the Medal of the European Centre of Solidarity in the German Reichstag parliament building in Berlin in the presence of the Bundestag's president Norbert Lammert. He received the medal for organizing the support of Solidarity activist's families and supplying the Solidarity underground with, inter alia, printing presses and "smuggling" of current literature from Germany to Poland, as well as political, dissident literature from Poland to Germany.
Stock is Oberstleutnant of the Military reserve force at the Kreisverbindungskommando Frankfurt (Oder) of the Federal Defence Force He is a board member of the Christlicher Medienverbund KEP. Stock also is chairman of the Brüsewitz-Zentrum, and its supporting organization, the Christlich-Paneuropäisches Studienwerk (Christian Pan-European study-network). He is a member of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Stock was elected to the municipal council of Woltersdorf, Brandenburg in 2008 and afterwards chairman of its Central Committee. In May 2011 he resigned. Since June 2010 he is chairman of the CDU chapter Woltersdorf since 1998 he is Honorary Director of a Christian day care in Woltersdorf.
- Wolfgang Stock, Helmut Müller-Embergs, Heike Schmoll: Das Fanal: das Opfer des Pfarrers Brüsewitz und die evangelische Kirche, Ullstein, Frankfurt/Main und Berlin 1993, ISBN 3-548-36616-3.
- Wolfgang Stock, Kai Diekmann, Ulrich Reitz: Roman Herzog: Der Neue Bundesprasident Im Gespräch, Lübbe-Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach 1994, ISBN 3-404-61299-X.
- Wolfgang Stock, Kai Diekmann, Ulrich Reitz: Rita Süssmuth im Gespräch, Lübbe-Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach 1994, ISBN 3-404-61327-9.
- Wolfgang Stock: "Gedenken und Informieren" Die Selbstverbrennung von Pfarrer Oskar Brüsewitz, 18. August 1996 Ursachen, Hintergründe und Folgen Schulverwaltungs- und Kulturamt, Zeitz (1998), ISBN 3-313-11313-3
- Wolfgang Stock, Jürgen Aretz: Die vergessenen Opfer der DDR, Lübbe-Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach 1997, ISBN 3-404-60444-X.
- Wolfgang Stock: Angela Merkel: eine politische Biographie, Olzog-Verlag, München 2000, ISBN 3-7892-8038-0 (1989–2000); Neuauflage 2005, ISBN 3-7892-8168-9 (1989–2005).