Summer School Berlin 2017

Constructive Journalism 7 - 18 August 2017

 

In this unique 2-week intensive course, students and young professionals 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 hands-on experience of producing journalistic media products
  • Prepares participants with the basic knowledge to excel in creating journalistic pieces
  • Fosters theoretical understanding of journalism as an indispensable constituent of freedom and democracy through a multifaceted curriculum
  • Offers a joyful practical learning experience
  • Gives a glimpse into our Bachelor programs B. A. Journalism & Corporate Communication and B.A. Media and Business Psychology
  • Two weeks of experiencing Berlin, one of the most exciting cities in the world

When: 7 - 18 August 2017

Where: HMKW Berlin Campus

All lectures and seminars are held in English.

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Application

To apply, please send an email registering your interest to summerschool-berlin (at) hmkw.de by 15 June 2017. Places are limited, please apply early to secure your place. 

Please attach your CV and indicate your topic of interest. Further information will be published here shortly. 

Your Profile

No specific formal educational requirements are needed, but you should be curious, creative and open-minded.

Previous experience of journalistic work is not mandatory but helpful. If you haven't had the chance to publish yet, we still expect you to demonstrate a natural talent for writing. 

If you are passionate about getting to the truth behind the facts and keen to learn and practice the technical skills needed to get a good story, this course is for you.

Applicants should be at least 17 years of age. Underaged applicants need to present a parental permit for participation.

Tuition Fees

  Status

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

  HMKW students

990.- Euro

  Students from our Indian partner universities*

990.- Euro

  High School students or college or university students**

1,990.- Euro

  All other participants

2,490.- Euro

 

 * Jain University, Symbiosis University, Manipal University, St. Xavier’s University, Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, DSK International Campus.

** Proof of full-time enrollment at a high school (or equivalent school), university or college anywhere in the world must be provided.

Please note that tuition fees do not cover accommodation or travel costs. You can expect around 700 EUR for accommodation. 

Preliminary Schedule

  Week 1

Time 

Content (lessons)

  Monday, 07 August

a. m. 

 

p.m. 

Registration

Opening ceremony

Lectures & Seminars J1 (4)

  Tuesday, 08 August

a. m. 

p. m. 

Lectures & Seminars J2 (2), P1 (2)

Workshop J5 (4)

  Wednesday, 09 August

a. m. 

p. m. 

Lectures & Seminars J1 (2), J3 (2)

Excursion J6 (4)

  Thursday, 10 August

a. m.

p. m.

Lectures & Seminars J1 (2), P1 (2)

Lectures & Seminars P2 (2)

Workshop J5 (2)

  Friday, 11 August

a. m. 

p. m. 

Lectures & Seminars J3 (4)

Workshop J5 (4)

 

 

  Week 2

Time

Content (lessons)

  Monday, 14 August

a. m.

p.m.

Lectures & Seminars J3 (2), J4 (2)

Workshop J5 (4)

  Tuesday, 15 August

a. m.

p. m.

Lectures & Seminars J4 (2), P2 (2)

Excursion J6 (4)

  Wednesday, 16 August

a. m.

 

p. m.

Lectures & Seminars P2 (2)

Workshop J5 (2)

Workshop J5 (4)

  Thursday, 17 August

a. m.

 

p. m.

Lectures & Seminars J4 (2)

Workshop J5 (2)

Workshop J5 (6)

  Friday, 18 August

all day

Final examination

 

 

Curriculum

Course content Journalism

 Code 

Content

Learning Objectives

Format

Lessons* 

  J1

Introduction to journalistic methods and concepts

Learn and understand the most important concepts (styles of journalistic presentation, text characteristics, writing styles) of journalism

Lectures

 

8

  J2

Ethics of journalism

Understand the agenda-setting theory and its implications for journalistic work

Understand "media bias", especially in politics

Learn to become aware of one's own biases and attempt to reduce your own preconceptions

Discussion-based seminar

2

  J3

Introduction to the principles, function and characteristics of Constructive Journalism

Learn what constructive journalism is, understand the differences to “classical” journalism and “positive journalism”

Get to know the basic features and techniques of constructive journalism, such as asking more circular and reflexive questions during interviews

Lectures / practical exercises

8

  J4

Preparing journalistic publications

Understand traditional theories of news values, newsworthiness, and different dimensions of news values (e.g. familiarity, negativity, unexpectedness, conflict)

Understand how journalistic topics are selected

Learn to select appropriate news formats

Consider traditional journalism vs. constructive journalism

Lectures / practical exercises

6

  J5

Writing workshops

Practice your writing skills through different forms of journalistic writing (news, report, interview, feature, reportage, comment) applying the principles of Constructive Journalism

Workshops

28

  J6

Excursions to the newsroom of a quality German newspaper / National TV station

Meet senior members of the editorial staff of a German newspaper and a German public TV station

Discuss recent challenges and trends in quality journalism

Discussions

8

 

Course content Psychology

 Code

Content

Learning Objectives

Formats

Lessons*

  P1

Introduction to Positive Psychology

Get to know and understand Posi­tive Psychology as the psychological basis for constructive ways of dealing with conflict and problems

Lectures

4

  P2

Game theory, group psychology, and decision making under risk

Learn how people react under uncertainty, stress and in conflict situations

Reflect upon empathy as a key skill to understand and write about human motivation for journalists

Lectures / practical experiments

6

Credits

Substitutes either one Bachelor module “Practice of Journalism” or one module “Practice of Media Psychology”, i.e. successful completion is rewarded with 5 ECTS credit points. 

If you pass the final exam, you will receive the Attendance Certificate as well as the Graded Certificate. However, if you fail to attend the final exam, only an Attendance Certificate will be issued. Grades will be delivered as absolute grades according to the German grading system. Additionally, an indicative equivalent on the A+ to F scale will be given.

HMKW will recognize a Graded Certificate for its own undergraduate degree programs

  • B. A. Journalism and Corporate Communication
  • B. A. Media and Business Psychology

If you are a student at another university (in Germany or abroad) and you wish to receive credit at your home university for the participation in the HMKW Summer School, you will need to contact the International Office of your home university. It is up to your home institution as to how many credits are awarded for the participation in the HMKW Summer School. HMKW will happily provide any necessary information to your university to help them evaluate the course. In general, the HMKW Summer School course is equivalent to one course from an undergraduate degree, worth 2-3 credits in the US system and 5 ECTS credits in the European system.

Information material

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