What comes to mind when you think about your studies at HMKW?
When I think of HMKW, the first thing that comes to mind is the red brick building. Then there's the small-town feeling you get when you see the same faces over and over again in the white-lit hallways of the university.
Why did you decide to study “M.A. Convergent Journalism”? And what made you choose HMKW Berlin?
I was looking for a combination of practice and theory in my master's degree. In my bachelor's degree in political science at Bielefeld University, it was mostly theory and methodology, a good foundation, but not the craft that would probably help me in my career path as a journalist. In addition, the program appealed to me because it is offered in English and combines the related practices of journalism: print, online, radio, and TV. I was not aware of HMKW as such before. After I was given a tour of the hallowed halls of my current university, the rather small building and the TV studio by student advisor Verena Nüßmann, I had the feeling: I see me spending the next two years here.
Did you get any work experiences prior to your master studies that you would like to share with us?
Before starting my master's degree at HMKW, I had already worked as a freelancer for the local radio station Radio Lippe in Detmold, as well as for the WDR Studio Bielefeld for the local news WDR 2 and for Campus TV University Bielefeld. I wanted to take all this experience with me to the capital. In January 2020, I started working at rbb's visitor service. In a seminar already during my master studies, I then got to know the cameraman Adil Bradlow, through whom I acquired many additional practical skills in broadcast journalism.
Which seminar/project did you like the most so far?
I like Business & Politics and the Talent Campus_Video project the most. Business & Politics is most likely due to my interest in world politics, which we can discuss every week anew with our most diverse opinions precisely because of our great diversity of countries in our course. That makes us as a group very special: We are all very different, but also a team. And the small courses at HMKW allow this particularly well.
What is it like to be part of the workshop Talent Campus_Video? What do you like most about it?
At Talent Campus, I can contribute my own ideas and creativity to a great extent. Here I have the opportunity to implement ideas independently with my fellow students. Through Talent Campus_Video, I have been able to make very special friends across all courses of study, through activities such as a shoot at 3 a.m. at the Foreigners' Registration Office in Charlottenburg, filming the sunrise from the Drachenberg over Berlin, or through a day trip to Grünheide to visit Tesla. I am very grateful for that! But also for the people who created this project in the winter semester 2019 and give us the opportunity to do all of this: Jost Listemann, Felix von Stutterheim, Sarah Kraft and Alexander Nofftz. Through the joint work and support as well as the mutual encouragement and challenges, I was able to learn and try out a lot.