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M.A. Digital Journalism

You are linguistically adept and enjoy communicating? You are curious, creative and have an analytical view? You love teamwork and constantly new challenges? You like to use digital technologies, and your professional interests lie mainly in the areas of culture & entertainment and business & politics? And you have already proven all this by completing a Bachelor's program related to journalism, media/communication, culture studies or social sciences?

Then our Master's program 'M.A. Digital Journalism' offers the ideal environment to further professionalize your journalistic skills. The course focuses on current trends in the converging areas of print, online and audiovisual media, with a particular emphasis on topics related to culture, entertainment, business, and politics.

Whether as print, online, radio or television journalists, as content producers or public relation officers in private, public or cultural companies and institutions, as procurers of social media content or community managers: for communication professionals who are well-versed in digital media a wide range of career opportunities open up.

We offer the consecutive Master's program ‘Digital Journalism’ in Berlin in English and in Cologne in German. (In consultation with the teaching staff, you can also take your exams in German in the English-language programme, if you wish.)

Its courses combine the digital convergence of journalistic writing and producing in theory and practice. For this purpose, modern digital technology is at your disposal, ranging from a 4K cameras to up-to-date AV editing programs and a full-fledged and virtual TV studio.

Study journalism at the intersection of digitalisation and world politics

Our students are always very close to current events: This includes working in the re:publica newsroom as well as participating in events and conferences such as the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin. Our students were on site the whole week, accompanied the events with media and established contacts with internet experts from all over the world.

Learn more here:

Overview

Special Features:

  • Technical focus: digital production tools and communication channels
  • Topical focus: culture/entertainment and business/politics
  • Didactics: theories and trends of converging digital content procution – practical projects!

Competence goals:

Mastery of the professional standards of digital journalism, cross-media development of print, audio/video, online/social media content

TypeFull-time or part-time
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
LocationBerlin and Cologne

Language

German (Campus Cologne), English (Campus Berlin): M.A. Digital Journalism

(Examinations can be taken in German or English in agreement with the teachers)

Tuition feesFull-time: 670,- € monthly | Part-time: 449,- € monthly

Duration

Full-time: 4 semesters | Part-time: 6 semesters

Information material

Information flyer (pdf)

Ideal Candidates

Applicants: Graduates of an undergraduate social science or humanities programme (Bachelor's, Diplom, Magister) with one of the two main focuses:

  • journalism, languages, communication, media
  • economics, social sciences, or culture related studies

Target Jobs: Journalist, publicist, speaker, editor, PR and press officer, communication and media scientist, content curator, community/social media manager, head of communication, media consultant – classical journalism is evolving into a digital field of producing convergent media content that is played out via a wide variety of channels and platforms.

Modules

Comprehensive modules: Electives on convergent technological trends, media law, media production, intercultural management skills, media psychology etc.

Subject-specific modules e.g.: journalistic professionalisation in researching, producing, editing, editing, curating, presenting and cross-media and media-convergent publishing

Advanced modules: Theory and practice of specialized journalism with a focus on business & politics and culture & entertainment related topics

Testimonial

Lorenzo Cervantes now works in the communications department of the European Space Agency (ESA).

How to become a journalist at Deutsche Welle? Graduate Christian Caurla tells more about his experiences in this interview.

After his studies, Lennart Richter worked in PR agencies and recently became self-employed.

How to apply

Please use our Online Application form and attach a PDF of your CV. 

Entry requirements 

  • Very good degree in one of areas mentioned (university or university of applied sciences) 

  • plus internal assessment process

Please note: After your matriculation, we offer you a refund of the uni-assist fee in the amount of 75,00 € if you submit the original receipt to HMKW.

Further information

Contact

Jon M. Gerdes

Head of study advisory service Berlin

 

+49 (0)30 / 4677693 - 36

study-berlin@hmkw.de

John Boerop

Head of Study Advisory Cologne

 

+49 (0)221 / 22 21 39 - 33

study-cologne@hmkw.de

Ellen Walliser

Head of Study Advisory Frankfurt

 

Phone: +49 (0)69 / 50 50 253 - 93

studienberatung-frankfurt@hmkw.de

Accreditation

The program is government-approved and accredited by FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), Bonn/Vienna/Zurich.