Eckart Roloff

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Eckart Klaus Roloff (* 1944 ) is a German journalist , media researcher and book author .


Roloff grew up in Bavaria : in the Allgäu , in Donaustauf near Regensburg, Lochham near Munich and Bad Wiessee . He is the youngest of the four sons of the doctor and tuberculosis researcher Wilhelm Roloff and his wife Ingeborg. After graduating from high school in Tegernsee , he studied journalism , sociology , political science and German studies in Berlin , Munich and Salzburg , interrupted by the 18-month civil service as an auxiliary nurse in a Frankfurt hospital . From 1972 to 1974 he was a volunteer and editor at the daily newspaper “ Main-Echo ” ( Aschaffenburg ), then a member of the study group “Science and Journalism” at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University .

From 1975 to 1988 Roloff was a consultant in the Federal Press Office in Bonn , responsible for press evaluation for the Federal Chancellor and government spokesman , media research . From 1988 to the end of 2007 he headed the science department and the editor- in-chief at " Rheinischer Merkur "; there he was also chairman of the works council for 14 years.

Scientific work

At the Salzburg Journalism Institute, Roloff worked under Günter Kieslich on projects for the Bonn Federal Press Conference , the training of journalists in Germany and the structure of the Austrian daily press. In 1972 he received his doctorate with the first empirical study on medical journalism for the German-speaking area - the focus was on press coverage of the earliest heart transplants - for a Dr. phil. Together with Walter Hömberg and Manfred Hellmann, Roloff developed the first major study on the state of science journalism at the ZiF Bielefeld .

After 1974 he had lectureships at journalism institutes and journalism schools in Münster, Duisburg, Hagen, Bonn, Bochum, Eichstätt and Cologne. In 1982 he lived in Norway for five months . There he began as the first foreigner to research the history and structure of the local press, radio and book market; since then he has published around 100 articles in the general and specialist media.

In addition, he is primarily concerned with science journalism , the journalistic forms , media language, science satires ( Marginalistik ), such as the languages and dialects of the cutlery as well as the media, medical and technological history. Together with the science journalist Karin Henke-Wendt, he wrote books that were published by Hirzel on two further topics - the German museums for medicine and pharmacy as well as German medicine, nursing and pharmaceutical scandals.

In addition, Roloff dealt in his book Divine Flashes of Spirit with theologians who were active as inventors and discoverers. Based on its publications and lectures on this topic, the City Council of Querfurt decided in 2014 to name a street in the old town of Querfurt after Jakob Christian Schäffer . In addition, the Lüftelberg village community commissioned a bronze sculpture of Johann Adam Schall von Bell , which was designed by the Quedlinburg artist Jochen Müller. It was unveiled on September 14, 2014 in Petrusstrasse in Lüftelberg , a district of Meckenheim. On June 3, 2018, the first monument to Jacob Christian Schäffer in Germany was unveiled at St. Lamperti Church in Querfurt, designed by Jochen Müller at Roloff's suggestion.


Other / secondary employment

In 1982 Roloff is co-founder of the German-Norwegian Society e. V., Bonn. He was its chairman from 1988 to 1990 and then a member of the board until 2012. From May 2012 he was 2nd Chairman and from April 2016 to August 2018 a member of the Management Board. From 2007 to 2018 he and his wife headed the editorial team of the German-Norwegian magazine "dialog". And he wrote about the media landscape of the Sami minority in Norway.

In 1996, together with his three brothers, in memory of his father Wilhelm Roloff and his mother, he donated the Wilhelm and Ingeborg Roloff Prize of the German Lung Foundation , which is awarded every two years for outstanding journalistic contributions to pulmonary medicine. The prize was awarded for the last time in 2019; by then, 50 journalists had received it. Roloff was a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Lung Foundation until 2020.

Eckart Roloff is a member of the German Society for Journalism and Communication Studies and the German Society for Postal and Telecommunications History. From 1987 to 1996 he was an advisory board member of the Protestant media magazine "medium".

Publications (selection)

  • The coverage of heart transplants in the West German press. A testimony-analytical case study on the phenomena of medical journalism. Phil. Diss., Salzburg 1972.
    • The journalistic discovery of the patient. A press analysis on medical journalism and the first heart transplants. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2013, ISBN 978-3-8487-0731-7 (slightly edited version of the dissertation with a detailed foreword by Beatrice Dernbach and an afterword by the author from 2013).
  • Wolfgang Vyslozil , Heinz Pürer and Eckart Klaus Roloff: The structure of the Austrian daily press 1971. St. Pölten 1973.
  • Günter Kieslich: The young journalists in the Federal Republic of Germany. Data on volunteer training in the daily press. Edited by Eckart Klaus Roloff. Bund-Verlag, Cologne 1974, ISBN 3-7663-0080-6 .
  • Journalistic text genres. Oldenbourg, Munich 1982, ISBN 3-486-85141-1 .
  • as publisher: Journalists' workshop. Writing processes - ten practical examples. Sauerländer, Aarau / Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-7941-3218-1 .
  • Walter Hömberg and Eckart Klaus Roloff (eds.): Yearbook for Marginalistics I. Lit, Münster 2000, ISBN 3-8258-2385-7 .
  • Divine flashes of inspiration. Pastors and priests as inventors and discoverers. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim 2010; 2nd, updated edition 2012, ISBN 978-3-527-32864-2 .
  • Walter Hömberg and Eckart Roloff (eds.): Yearbook for Marginalistics II. Lit, Münster 2011, ISBN 978-3-8258-6052-3 .
  • Walter Hömberg and Eckart Roloff (Eds.): Yearbook for Marginalistics III. Lit, Berlin / Münster 2014, ISBN 978-3-643-99840-8 .
  • Eckart Roloff and Karin Henke-Wendt: Visit your doctor or pharmacist. A tour through Germany's museums for medicine and pharmacy. Hirzel, Stuttgart 2015. Volume 1, Northern Germany, ISBN 978-3-7776-2510-2 , and Volume 2, Southern Germany, ISBN 978-3-7776-2511-9 .
  • Walter Hömberg and Eckart Roloff (eds.): Yearbook for Marginalistics IV. Lit, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-643-99793-7 .
  • Eckart Roloff and Karin Henke-Wendt: Damaged instead of cured. Major German medical and pharmaceutical scandals. Hirzel, Stuttgart 2018. ISBN 978-3-7776-2763-2 .


  • Harald L. Tveterås: History of the book trade in Norway. Translated from Norwegian by Eckart Klaus Roloff. Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 1992, ISBN 3-447-03172-7 .


  • Brochure for the award of the Theodor Wolff Prize 1993, ed. from the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers, p. 50.
  • Kurt Koszyk , Volker Schulze (ed.): The newspaper as a personality. Festschrift for Karl Bringmann. Verlag Droste, Düsseldorf 1982, p. 434.
  • Karin Hoff et al. (Ed.): Poetics and memory. Festschrift for Heiko Uecker on his 65th birthday. Publishing house Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2004, p. 444.
  • Eckart Klaus Roloff (ed.): Journalists' workshop. Writing processes - ten practical examples. Sauerländer Verlag, Aarau / Frankfurt am Main 1990, p. 4.
  • Matthias Kohring: The function of science journalism. A system-theoretical draft. Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1997, p. 37 f.

Individual evidence

  1. Eckart Roloff: Forever ensnared by the 'Genius loci tegernseensis'. Indelible memories of school days in the castle. In: Tegernseer Tal, issue 172/2020, pp. 40–42
  2. ^ Press research in Norway. In: Journalism. Issue 4/1982, pp. 596-604.
  3. Oslo and its newspapers. Clarification of an unknown press town. In: Kurt Koszyk, Volker Schulze (Hrsg.): The newspaper as personality. Verlag Droste, Düsseldorf 1982, ISBN 3-7700-4036-8 , pp. 305-318.
  4. When Gutenberg came to Volda. The Norwegian province of Møre og Romsdal - a paradise for press historians, newspaper statisticians and journalist trainers. In: Beate Schneider, Kurt Reumann, Peter Schiwy (Hrsg.): Publizistik. Contributions to media development. UVK Konstanz 1995, ISBN 3-87940-551-4 , pp. 353-371.
  5. How a knife and fork can point to the pointer. Education about the cutlery language. In: Walter Hömberg (Ed.): Marginalistics. Almanac for friends of happy science. Allitera Verlag, Munich 2019, pp. 181-200, ISBN 978-3-96233-179-5 .
  6. A strong voice for women. Hedwig Dohm. In: Michael Haller , Walter Hömberg (eds.): “I won't let my mouth shut down!” Journalists as pioneers of freedom of the press and democracy. Reclam Verlag, Ditzingen 2020, pp. 114–117, ISBN 978-3-15-011277-9
  9. Universal genius Jacob Christian Schäffer ( Memento from June 12, 2018 in the Internet Archive )
  10. ^ Eckart Klaus Roloff: Sámi Radio Kárašjohka - mass medium of a minority. The radio broadcaster in the Norwegian part of Lapland. In: Rundfunk und Fernsehen , Volume 35, 1987, Issue 1, pp. 99-107.
  11. Eckart Klaus Roloff: "Lapplands unobserved literature." In: Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel, 42nd year 1986, No. 30, pp. 1050-1053.
  12. Eckart Roloff: WIR Prize presented by the German Lung Foundation for the last time - but it will continue. In: Lunge, Luft und Leben , Volume 24, 2019, No. 45, pp. 21-22.

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