Günter Kieslich

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Günter Kieslich (born January 24, 1924 in Breslau ; † December 9, 1971 in Salzburg ) was a German journalist .

From 1968 until his death he was full professor at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Theory at the University of Salzburg .


Günter Kieslich was after five years of Soviet imprisonment, a few semesters of medicine in Braunschweig and studying journalism and history in Münster and the journalism doctorate from 1955 to 1959 assistant to Walter Hagemann (1900–1964) in Münster. From 1960 to 1962 he worked as a scientific advisor to Emil Dovifat at the Free University of Berlin.

On October 29, 1963, he was a co-founder of the German Society for Journalism and Newspaper Studies , from 1962 to 1968 press officer of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and after 1956 first editor-in-chief and later co-editor of the leading German journal Publizistik . From 1968 to 1971 he was Scientific Director of the German Institute for Journalistic Education (Düsseldorf).

In 1968 Kieslich took over the newly created chair for journalism and communication theory at the University of Salzburg.

What is remarkable about his work is the deepening interest in historical studies as well as in empirical social research.

After an operation, he died unexpectedly in December 1971. His grave is in the Salzburg-Aigen cemetery.

Works (selection)

  • 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
  • The self-image of the Mass Communication / The youth and the newspaper / future prospects of mass communication / Local communication . In: Journalism. 17th year 1972, issue 1, pp. 68-101.
  • The structure of the Austrian daily press (1969) . Masch. Verv. 1970 (Under the title The Structure of the Austrian Daily Press (1971) in an expanded and updated version as a special edition of the magazine "Information and Opinion" published in 1973 in the Lower Austrian Press House in St. Pölten and dedicated to Günter Kieslich)
  • Communication crises in science. Anton Pustet, Salzburg and Munich 1969
  • Education problems in the field of tension of public opinion. Max Gehlen, Bad Homburg 1965
  • Advertising in the old days. Stamm, Essen 1960, 2nd edition 1965
  • The formation of public opinion through the modern mass media and forms of original journalism. Max Gehlen, Bad Homburg 1962
  • The "historical folk song" as a journalistic phenomenon. Fahle, Münster (Westphalia) 1958
  • Leisure time in an industrial city. Results of a survey in Marl / Westphalia. Wulff and Co. KG, Dortmund 1956


Individual evidence

  1. Michael Meyen , Maria Löblich: "I invented this subject". How communication science got to the German-speaking universities. Halemverlag 2007, ISBN 3-938258-67-5 , page 36/37 ( digitized version )
  2. Michael Schmolke: Entbegrenzungen. Memories of Henk Prakke. With a bibliography. Verlag Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2000, ISBN 9023236521 , p. 90 ( digitized version )