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The Programme

The two-year programme offered by the Journalistisches Seminar at the University of Mainz provides excellent theoretical and practical training for university post-graduates contemplating a career in the media. The programme meets the requirements of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and leads with a master's degree. It replaces the former post-graduate course "Aufbaustudiengang Journalistik" which was established at the Journalistisches Seminar in 1978.

1. Admission

Students seeking admission to our programme must hold a degree from an accredited university or university of applied sciences (technical college). International applicants must have a degree comparable to a German bachelor's degree. Students from all fields of study my apply. Applications for each new programme cycle are accepted until May 15. Prospective students must pass a written test to demonstrate both their journalistic skills and their command of the German language. Each year, 25 students are admitted to the programme which starts in the winter semester (usually in late October).

2. Curriculum

The programme combines a general introduction to journalism with specialising courses in print, online, radio, and TV journalism. In their first semester, students receive training in newspaper and online journalism. During the second semester, they focus on magazine and radio journalism. Training in the third semester is centred on radio journalism, and TV news coverage and reporting, in the fourth Semester on TV news coverage and reporting, and cross media reporting. Courses include mandatory lectures, writing and editing classes, exercises, and projects. Additionally, students will attend press conferences and interviews, and go on excursions.

The lectures provide an introduction to the basics, the practice, and the theory of journalism. They are held both on campus and at the "Medienhaus", the university's own media centre. Lectures are also open to students from other departments.

The programme involves also the study of subjects related to journalism and communication. Students are required to attend seminars or exercises in communication studies, media law, and media economics. Moreover, students are required to select three courses on topics related to journalism offered by the department of communication studies or by other arts and sciences departments.

The writing and editing classes involve training in small groups. Attendance at these classes is restricted to students enrolled in the Masters Programme. Here students are taught how to write and edit news and features for print and broadcast media. They learn to produce news and texts ready for printing or broadcasting. Group work and mutual feedback require and enhance the ability of all students to work in teams.

The projects serve as a means for students to improve and implement the theoretical and practical knowledge obtained in lectures and classes. Before the introduction of the Masters Programme, students of the Journalistisches Seminar produced books, newspaper supplements, and special reports for TV stations. For example, Campus TV Mainz broadcasted a live report from Mainz City Hall on the local elections. Also, students wrote several books for external clients and the environmental report for DaimlerChrysler Inc.

In order to test their knowledge in real-life settings, students are required to complete two work placements (internships) with a respective minimum duration of six weeks during their semester vacation. The Journalistisches Seminar assists students in finding appropriate work placements (internships).

3. Finals

In order to earn the master's degree and graduate, students must write a newspaper article, or a radio or TV feature on a given subject. This task must be completed within eight weeks.

4. Career Prospects

Students graduating from the Masters Programme should be able to make a smooth transition into professional life. Having established contacts during their placements (internships) and also having worked freelance, almost all of our graduates find employment in the media directly after completing their studies. To this date, more than 550 students have graduated from the Journalistisches Seminar. Today, they work as journalists for newspapers and magazines, news agencies (wire services), radio and TV stations, and online newsrooms. Our students benefit from the regional and national reputation of the academic training at the Journalistisches Seminar.

5. The Faculty

All faculty members of the Journalistisches Seminar have an excellent professional background in the media. This guarantees that the training provided by the Seminar fulfils the standards required by the media. For example, Volker Wolff was the editor in chief of the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche before he was appointed as professor in Mainz. Karl N. Renner was a freelance author of documentaries and science magazines for the public broadcasting service Bayerischer Rundfunk.


Name and Academic Title


Research/Professional Background

Newspaper and Magazine Journalism

Volker Wolff,
Prof. Dr. rer. pol.


Media economics, business journalism, quality in journalism

 Sabine Kieslich, M.A.


 freelance newspaper
and magazine editor

Andrea Martens, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor

freelance newspaper
and magazine editor

Online Journalism

Bettina Blaß


freelance online editor

Radio Journalism

Birgit Schamari, Prof., Dipl.-Soz.

Honorary Professor

Former Department head at Hessischer Rundfunk radio

Roland Wellig, M.A.


Department head at SWR1 Südwestrundfunk Radio

TV Journalism

Karl N. Renner, Prof.
Dr. phil.


Techniques of representation in TV journalism, semiotics, narrativics

Katja Schupp, Dr. phil.

Adjunct Instructor

freelance author of TV documentaries

Jaques Kühl

Technical Assistant


Additional Lectures and Seminars

Axel Buchholz

Honorary Professor (radio journalism)

Former editor in chief of Saarländischer Rundfunk (Radio)

 Pia Heinemann,
Dr. phil., Dipl.-Biol.
 editor at WELT

Regina Oehler, Dr.rer.nat.

Instructor scientific journalism

Editor at Hessischer Rundfunk (radio)

Michael Fritzen,
Dr. phil.

Instructor (newspaper and magazine journalism)

Former Editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (newspaper)

Klaus Viedebantt, Dr.phil.

Instructor (newspaper and magazine journalism)

Former Editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (newspaper)

Administration, Internship Coordination, and General Introduction

Thomas Hartmann,
Dr. phil., M.A.


mass communication research 

6. Technical Equipment

The Journalistisches Seminar is equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology. The facilities correspond largely to the standard currently encountered in newspapers and radio stations. Print and online production facilities include 25 notebooks with mobile internet access via Wireless-LAN, 12 workstations equipped with QuarkXPress and Photoshop. Radio production facilities include 25 minidisk recorders, 5 DIGAS editing stations (DIGAS is the standard system used by Germany's largest public broadcasting company ARD). Television production facilities include DV cameras with sound equipment (Sony DSR-PD 150, Wendt mixer), 2 AVID Xpress editing stations.

7. Partners

The Journalistisches Seminar is a department of the Institut für Publizistik (department of communication studies) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. It is also involved in running of the university's TV station Campus TV Mainz. Partners within the university range from other media departments to the press and media contact office. Students of the Seminar have the opportunity of freelancing for the university magazine JOGU. Movies and TV reports made by students are broadcast by Campus TV Mainz via cable.

The Journalistisches Seminar participates in the international exchange programme M3, a cooperation supported by the University of Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee), Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana), the University for Applied Sciences Wiesbaden, the University for Applied Sciences Mainz, the public broadcasting company ZDF, and the Amerikahaus Frankfurt. Students may complete a part of their studies at one of our partner universities in the U.S.

8. Address

Journalistisches Seminar
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Domus universitatis
Alte Universitätsstraße 17
55116 Mainz
Fon: +49 6131 3939300
Fax: +49 6131 3939302
Website: www.journalismus.uni-mainz.de