For greater journalism quality: Journalism studies at a Master’s level (M.A.)
The Master’s programme in journalism aims to give students the competencies needed to achieve a high standard within an increasingly competitive media and labour market.
Quality in theory and practice
The first semester is dedicated to both the theoretical and practical foundations of quality journalism. The quality debate is reflected on a national and international level and is discussed with media scientists and practitioners. Courses in the second semester deal mainly with challenges within the media industry. Experience has shown that a good portion of Dortmund journalism graduates eventually work in positions of leadership. The “Editorial management” and “Leadership competencies” courses prepare students for these jobs.
In a weekly four-hour Master colloquium students regularly present and discuss thesis progress. This way students learn to implement their research with respect to content and methodology and to successfully complete their work within given time frames.
Scientific debate on quality
At the conclusion of their studies, journalism students plan and organise a conference whereby they present their research results to science representatives as well as media companies. In this manner students gain valuable experience in conducting a conference and in presenting practically orientated research results. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to make contact with industry professionals and media company representatives.