Summer School Berlin 2018

Constructive Journalism July 2-20, 2018


In this unique 3-week intensive course, students will be introduced to the new concept of “Constructive Journalism”. Its psychological and journalistic origins will be explained and practical constructive journalistic skills will be taught by highly experienced HMKW academic staff from the fields of Journalism and Psychology.      

HMKW Summer School:

  • Provides participants with hands-on experience in developing and producing their own constructive journalism stories.
  • Offers case studies to explore urgent challenges to journalism and the public’s increasing lack of trust in the news media.
  • Identifies strategies and practical measures with the potential to foster trust in journalism and empower audiences in new ways.
  • Offers a joyful practical learning experience.
  • Offers three weeks of study and living in Berlin, one of the world’s most exciting cities.

When: 2 - 20 July 2017

Where: HMKW Berlin Campus

All lectures, seminars and workshops will be taught in English.






To apply, please send an email registering your interest to summerschool-berlin (at) by 30 April 2018. Places are limited, please apply early to secure your place. 

For your application, please submit

– your CV
– an essay on your motivation to participate in the HMKW Summer School (minimum 2,500 characters incl. blanks)
– a compilation of material on a journalistic topic of your choice (see below for more details). You won’t have to submit the compilation with your application, but you will be expected to bring it along for the start of the Summer School, if your participation has been confirmed.


Once we have received your resume and your essay we will respond within five working days to let you know whether you have been accepted for the Summer School.

If you have been accepted into the program, we will email you a contract.

If you are eligible for the program, but the course is already fully booked, we may put you on a waiting list and inform you accordingly by email.

Who is eligible?

This program is primarily intended for undergraduate students of arts subjects (liberal arts, journalism, communication, politics, philosophy, etc.) with excellent academic records, with a keen interest in current affairs and who consider a career in journalism. To apply for the program, applicants

– should be undergraduate students or graduates in one of the aforementioned subjects or specializations
– need to demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism
– should be proficient in English to a standard of C1 level or above
– must be at least 18 years old


Is this Summer School is right for you?

If you...

… are curious, creative and open minded,

… thrive on new challenges,

… love learning new skills,

… enjoy working as part of a diverse team,

… have a keen interest in journalism (previous exposure to journalistic work is helpful but not mandatory),

then our Summer School certainly is for you.

Application details

Compilation of material

This can be on anything including but not limited to politics, business, science, health, culture or sports that catches your special interest, or attention. It should also be a topic that generates a certain amount of interest and discussion in the broader public, for instance because it raises important questions or is controversial in nature. This topic and your compilation may also form the basis for discussions in class and your own work during the Summer School.

Compile at least ten published articles and links to (as well as short summaries of) five audio, video or multimedia news items, which relate to your chosen topic or theme. Your collection should strike a balance between pieces that are more “neutral” in tone and content (such as news reports or feature stories) and others that may be considered more subjective in nature (i.e. transporting more of the author’s opinion or perspective such as comments, editorials or portraits). Also make sure, that the pieces you curate come from diverse news sources—from tabloids to broadsheet papers to TV; from across different political views or displaying contrasting attitudes on a topic; or from different countries. The more diversity the articles reflect the better—as long as they still refer to a common topic or theme.

Tuition Fees


Fees (no V.A.T. is charged)

 HMKW students or HMKW alumni

EUR 990.-

 Students from our ERASMUS and overseas partner universities*

EUR 990.-

 College or university students**

EUR 1,990.-

 All other participants

EUR 2,490.-


 *List of ERASMUS partner universities, list of overseas partner universities

**Proof for a full-time enrollment at a high school (or equivalent school), university or college anywhere in the world must be provided in scan or copy during the application procedure PLUS additionally in original documents (no copies) at the beginning of the Summer School.

Mind that the tuition fees do not cover accommodation & travel cost. Expect at least another EUR 900.- for accommodation.

Learn more about FEES & PAYMENT.


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