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In order to serve the entire spectrum of creative possibilities within the field of television, modern television journalism is in demand more that ever before. In recent years, and with the increasing number of factual programmes being produced for German television, the demand for high quality and varying formats has grown significantly.
Conventional film language, image design and the use of music, as well as modern practices such as computer technology and dramaturgically designed fictional elements, are combine in such a way as to meet the expectations of a large audience.
In the Television Journalism study programme theoretical studies are linked closely with praxis. Students begin their studies learning the essentials of television production – such as cinematography, sound engineering, editing, research, dramaturgy, interview techniques, and writing. Closely linked to these subjects are the comparative analysis of journalistic formats in German television and gaining new perspectives from such future-oriented fields as Transmedia.
Throughout the their studies, students produce a number of films, from 20-minute magazines, to a feature-length diploma film at the end of their studies. This knowledge and expertise is taught in seminars by experienced lecturers, producers, writers, directors and editors, which are supplemented through contact with programme leaders and visits to TV stations.
Television journalism is offered as a two-year project-based study course (lateral entry), as well as a four-year full-time course, which includes both basic studies and project-based studies.
Prof Peter Arens
Dr Joachim Schneider