Philosophy

 

1. Society in Need of Great Journalists

Journalism ensures the flow of information and knowledge within a society. As such, it not only contributes to the shaping of public opinion, but is also fundamental to humans' ability to live together responsibly and in freedom.

Journalism gives people perspective on their relationship with and experience of social, cultural, economic and technological reality. It provides them with a point of reference in a world of ever-increasing speed and complexity.

Journalism takes a critical view of social wrongs, has a watchful eye on politics and the economy, speaks for the disadvantaged, provides a voice to normal citizens and points out emerging new trends.

Journalists therefore shoulder considerable responsibility.

 

2. First-Class Education as a Solid Fundament

They can only fulfil that responsibility if their professional work is characterized by independence and the application of substantiated knowledge, robust skills and a well-developed intellect.

This all depends on a high-class journalistic training. We take our role as a journalism school very seriously. We understand it as our duty to foster the aforementioned characteristics and train professional journalists who are able to think and act critically, creatively and ethically:

  • We see critical thought and action as including the ability to not only observe outside circumstances, but also reflect on the meaning of the media and journalism with reference to one's own role therein.
  • From topic selection and research to writing and editing, creativity promotes the production of original, profound pieces of journalism.
  • Ethical principles, and in particular scrupulousness and conscientiousness, go above and beyond press regulations and are the bedrock of well-respected journalistic work.

 

3. Journalism School committed to Excellence

It is against this backdrop that we strive to set benchmarks for the training of the next generation of journalists.

We aim to contribute to equal opportunities in journalism education by providing distance and online education which is both fairly priced and flexible in terms of time and place of learning. As our name suggests, we see ourselves as an open school of journalism.

The learning environment and atmosphere at our school are characterized by individuality, inspiration, dynamism and cooperation. Our teaching body consists of successful professionals from the worlds of print, broadcast and online media alongside respected academics in the fields of journalism, media studies and communication science.

We aim to deliver nothing less then educational excellence. Our course program is therefore subject to continuous development and improvement in terms of both the content taught and the teaching methods used.

In view of the evolution of the media landscape, and in particular the shift towards online media and the accompanying challenges facing a variety of business models, we seek to participate in the development of new opportunities which ensure the survival of quality-oriented journalism in the internet age.

Journalism is as diverse as the people who create and digest it. Diversity of opinion, human diversity and equal opportunities are therefore undisputable, natural elements of journalistic training. Our team of course unit authors and tutors hails from a variety of countries.

We ensure the achievement of our goals by engaging in cooperation with leading international organizations in the fields of journalism, mass media, media research, further education and adult learning.

 

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