In the Journalism Studies professorship, we analyse what journalism accomplishes in societal contexts and how structures that enable or limit journalist action and quality emerge. For example, we investigate what fosters journalistic innovation, how journalistic quality is ensured in media organisations and in which ways the attitudes and practices of journalists change in the course of societal change. We are transfer-oriented and transdisciplinary, and we utilise theories and methods from the social sciences and Communication Studies to gain useful insights for stakeholders in public communication.
Students in the BA Communication recognise journalism as an essential function in the public sphere. They learn about the general frameworks that guide journalistic action and can assess the impact that societal structures have on journalist action. In addition, they learn how journalistic services work and how they are used, and they become familiar with the central principles of media ethics. In our teaching activities, we focus on the reflective analysis and production of popular science reporting, which is considered one of the most prestigious branches of media journalism. In the MAS Communication Management and Leadership programme , we teach participants practical know-how about the inner logic of journalism, which is relevant to strategic media work within organisational communication. In the CAS Innovation in Journalism, we weigh in on current issues related to structural changes in the public sphere and address t he innovative benefits of an editorial quality assurance system.