Individual curriculum with broad module selection


Journalism is not an off-the-peg profession. Your course therefore needs to be tailored to your interests and specific career goals. You can choose from a broad range of course modules. There are millions of curriculum combinations possible. We will gladly advise you on your perfectly fitting curriculum.



Award-winning journalists and journalism educators


Your instructors are highly qualified and skilled journalists and journalism instructors who were educated at the best journalism schools worldwide and worked for well-known media. Among them are winners of renowned journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize.

Among the highly respectable universities your instructors come from are the following (that are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking of the best global universities):

  • City University of New York (CUNY), USA
  • Columbia University, USA
  • George Washington University, USA
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • University of Florida, USA
  • University of Illinois, USA
  • University of Iowa, USA
  • University of Ottawa, Canada
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • University of Warsaw, Poland


They have worked for well-known media like:

  • BBC
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • Boston Globe
  • CBS
  • CBC
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • National Geographic
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • Newsweek
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Reader's Digest
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • USA Today
  • Washington Post
  • Wired
  • and many more...



Practice-oriented education


Journalism is a craft that requires a lot of practice. It is therefore vital that journalistic training is characterized by a strong focus on the practical side of the profession. What does that mean at the Open School of Journalism? As much practice as possible, as much theory as necessary. The structure of the course is entirely aimed at the teaching of practical skills. Almost all competence modules and, certainly, the practical workshops have that practice-orientation.



Possible to study alongside job


There won't ring a school bell when your learning session is due to start, when you're allowed to take a break or when you've hit your learning quota for the day. There is no school calendar stating when you're at liberty to go on holiday, either. You are free to set all these parameters as you see fit. Your course has no fixed duration. If you're a fast learner you can graduate fast. If you find yourself too busy with work or family commitments, you have the option to extend the duration of your course without incurring any additional course fees.



No compulsory attendance, no travel expenses


Does a school still need a school building made of bricks and mortar where you have to go to in order to take lessons which start in the morning and finish in the afternoon? Certainly not. Tutor-supervised online and distance education represents a far more modern alternative and gives you total flexibility. You can study wherever you are. You no longer have to go to your place of learning, because it's with you wherever you go – whether you're at home, at the office, on the rails or in the air. By the way, travel and accommodation costs are often underestimated, and can often be even higher than the course fee itself. And don't forget unproductive time spent travelling. You can avoid all that.



Independent journalism school


We are independent from media organizations (e. g. newspapers or radio/television stations), political parties or churches. We do not receive any state funding. Our independence ensures that our program is free from the influence of outside interests. We educate people to be independent in spirit. This is especially important for the profession of journalists.



International journalism school


Your module authors and tutors hail from around the globe, for example (in alphabetical order): Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA. Your fellow student body is even more diverse, thus enabling you to not only gain insights into a variety of cultural perspectives on journalism, but also foster an international dialogue.



State-authorized program


The OSJ's journalism program is state-authorized by the ZFU (State Central Agency of Distance Education), Germany, with authorization number 7292115. The ZFU was set up by the State Contract on Distance Education from February 16th, 1978, last amended on December 4th, 1991.



Quality management compliant with ISO 29990


The top priority at the Open School of Journalism is an uncompromising focus on quality, and we have therefore established a quality management system compliant with the international ISO 29990 norm, the only international ISO norm für education institutions. The system ensures that all our strategic and operational educational processes are not only well-planned, precisely implemented and properly monitored, but also continuously improved.



Fair tuition fees, various installment plans, and low secondary costs


All forms of education are accompanied by a variety of cost factors. (1) There are the tuition fees. At Open School of Journalism, we keep them as low as possible. (2) Secondary study costs such as travel and accommodation costs are no longer necessary. (3) Learning time normally leads to so-called "opportunity costs", i.e. time invested in learning cannot be used to work and earn money. The flexibility of your journalism course allows you to arrange your learning time around your working hours. So there is no need for high study loans.