What comes to mind when you think about your studies at HMKW?
Practical work, lecturers from the industry and quick ways into professional life.
You acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Corporate Communications at HMKW Berlin. What is your current job position?
As a freelance journalist at the Reuters news agency in Berlin.
Did you get any further work experiences prior to your current position that you would like to share with us?
Allgemeine Zeitung Namibia, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung in Potsdam and Berliner Zeitung. Also I did an internship at SWR4-Radio in Stuttgart.
When did you figure out your preferred career path?
I wanted to be a journalist while I was still at school. The reasons for this were on the one hand my political interest, on the other hand good grades and fun in the subjects German and History.
Why did you decide to study “Journalism and Corporate Communications”? And what made you choose HMKW Berlin?
I only had an high school average of 2.6. The NCs on journalism, for example at the TU Dortmund University, were 1.3 or higher. I didn't want to study Communication Science because I wanted to work in a practical way. At a job fair in Düsseldorf, Mr. Ostler got me interested in studying at the HMKW. A student loan then made my decision easier. To this day I am glad to have studied at HMKW. Because otherwise nothing would have turned out the way it did.
Which contents of your studies are part of your current job? How do your studies help you in your work routine?
I work mainly in the editorial department. There I research, edit and record online videos for our clients. From time to time I also go along on appointments as an assistant / interviewer and sometimes I have to operate the second camera. We learned the operation, the eye for image details and the technical skills during our studies. Furthermore, it was good to be able to use journalistic forms of presentation. I was able to implement these immediately in my jobs at local and regional newspapers. Furthermore, I would most likely never have had my chance at Reuters if we hadn't gone on a field trip to the Berlin office in 2016 with the university. We were also taught to "network" and maintain contacts, which is very important in this industry.