German School of Journalism

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German School of Journalism
Logo of the German School of Journalism
purpose Journalism training
Chair: Volker Herres
Establishment date: 1949, as a club in 1959
Seat : Munich

The German School of Journalism (DJS) is a journalism school in Munich that is independent of publishers and other media companies .


The DJS trains editors , it pays no training remuneration and does not charge any school fees. The sponsors are 54 institutions, including the Bavarian Association of Journalists , the German Association of Journalists , the German Union of Journalists , the Association of Bavarian Newspaper Publishers, the Bavarian State Center for New Media , several political parties as well as various large publishers and television stations. The school also receives funds from the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government , the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Munich . The Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich pays part of the costs for the practical training of the student classes .


The Werner Friedmann Institute was founded in Munich on April 29, 1949 by Werner Friedmann , then editor-in-chief of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and publisher of the Abendzeitung . Friedmann modeled the school on the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City , which he attended during a six-week trip to the USA. He did not want to have journalism taught by academics in lecture halls, but by seasoned journalists in "teaching offices". At this point in time, the journalistic preparatory courses were already in existence in Munich under the direction of Otto Groth , who from 1946 onwards, with the help of a number of older journalists from the time of the Weimar Republic and the express support of the US occupying power, was able to solve the urgent problem of young talent in post-war German journalism helped.

The DJS was founded on September 17, 1959 as a registered and non-profit association. From that time until 2012, the school was housed at Altheimer Eck 3 in Munich; the new location since April 2012 is the SV high-rise of the Süddeutscher Verlag . The DJS emerged from the first school for journalistic practice in the Federal Republic, the Werner Friedmann Institute.

The DJS is still based today on Friedmann's goals, ideas and methods. The then head of the institute, Rolf Meyer, became the first head of the DJS in 1959. On November 3, 1961 , the 15 participants in the DJS's first teaching editorial team began their training. Jürgen Frohner was the headmaster from 1971 , and then from 1994 for the first time a woman, Mercedes Riederer . Ulrich Brenner headed the school from 2002, Jörg Sadrozinski from 2011 to 2017 . In July 2017 a woman took over the management of the school again: Henriette Löwisch .

The DJS is a founding member of the MedienCampus Bayern , the umbrella organization for media education and training in Bavaria.


Each year the school takes 45 students into the broad training to become print, radio, television and online editors. In a two-stage application process (more than 2,000 interested parties request the application documents each year) first of all reports they have written themselves, 150 applicants are then invited to a two-day application test in Munich. There are two ways of training. You either attend a 15-month compact training course or a four-semester master’s course, which, however, requires a university degree (Bachelor, Magister, Diploma, State Exam).

The compact training consists of several months of training in print, radio, television and cross-media and two three-month internships, the first usually with a daily newspaper or in a daily online editorial office, the second with magazines, radio or television.

In the four-semester master's degree in journalism, the DJS cooperates with the Institute for Communication Studies and Media Research at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . The practical training blocks completed at the DJS and the two compulsory internships are recognized as academic achievements and supplemented by communication and media science seminars, lectures and exercises.

In addition to departmental customers, the timetable also includes various journalistic styles - from news to reportage to commentary. Also, online journalism and cross-media journalism are taught. The lecturers are experienced journalists, among others from the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Bayerischer Rundfunk. The technical equipment at the school corresponds to that in modern newspaper, radio and television editorial offices.

Graduates (selection)


  • Rolf Meyer: German School of Journalism, Munich , 1960 DNB 452241332
  • Rolf Meyer / Heinz Bäuerlein: Practical journalism: a teaching u. Reader , Munich: Süddeutscher Verlag, 1963 DNB 574151427
  • Ten years of the Werner Friedmann Institute, 1959, published by the Werner Friedmann Institute in Munich

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Otto Altendorfer: The Media System of the Federal Republic of Germany (Volume 1) , VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2001. ISBN 3-531-13435-3 (p. 245ff)
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