Cultural journalism

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Cultural journalism is a sub-form of journalism that deals with cultural topics, takes other journalistic sub-forms into account and also works with cultural studies methods. He is particularly concerned with literary , theater , film , music , art and media criticism, as well as other things. This takes place in the form of reviews , portraits , essays or other journalistic formats . For working as a cultural journalist, research, concept, narrative and editorial forms are essential, as can be found above all in the features section .

Stephan Porombka, junior professor for cultural journalism, defines cultural journalism as "a form of writing through which ' useful texts ' are created under precisely formulated temporal, thematic and formal guidelines ". He emphasizes the importance of “developing an interest in culture in a comprehensive sense and being able to speak competently about your own research, observations and experiences”.


The history of cultural journalism is as old as the history of newspapers . Right from the start, these included a supplement in which discussions and reviews of plays , books and philosophy were published. During the French Revolution , the term feuilleton was coined for cultural topics. As the content grew in popularity, it was incorporated into the main body of newspapers at the beginning of the 19th century. From the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, music reviews by Richard Wagner and Engelbert Humperdinck , scientific findings by Alexander von Humboldt and Justus Liebig, and innovations such as the serialized novel were published. Cultural journalism experienced a further development in the 20th century through the critic Ludwig Böhme and the writer and journalist Heinrich Heine . This ensured that the rubric spread into more and more media. Until 1986, however, only the educated middle class was interested in cultural issues. That changed after a dispute between the historians Ernst Nolte and Jürgen Habermas . The subject of the dispute was the Holocaust and the question of whether this was a follow-up reaction to Soviet gulags . The current development is shaped by new forms and types. These include comics , pop art and youth culture . The Internet has created numerous new possibilities such as culture blogs and homepages .


Cultural journalism can be studied at the UdK Berlin since 2003 and since 1999 as part of the course " Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism " at the University of Hildesheim . In addition, the Cologne Institute for Cultural Work and Further Education offers part-time further education in 'Cultural Journalism'.

At the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in 'cultural journalism' and in its media implementation (radio and internet), students of the BA / MA course " Music journalism for radio and multimedia" can try their hand at the "Young Culture Channel" program.

The " Cultural Journalism" course has been offered at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2008, and the " University Course in Cultural Communication and Journalism" at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Vienna since 2015 .

The AKAFÖ of the Ruhr University Bochum offers a course in cultural journalism under the direction of Katja Sindemann .

The Technical University of Dortmund has also been the only German university to offer an undergraduate bachelor's degree as well as a postgraduate master’s degree in music journalism since the 2010/2011 winter semester: the programs run jointly by the Institute for Music and Musicology and the Institute for Journalism focus on classical music and cross-media Approach under the label terzwerk in radio, TV and online journalism.

There are also opportunities to study cultural journalism in the United States of America and in all other countries .


  • Stefan Lüddemann: cultural journalism, media, topics, practices , Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2015, ISBN 978-3-531-19649-7
  • Wolfgang Lamprecht (Ed.): White book on cultural journalism , Löcker Verlag, Vienna 2012, ISBN 9783854095934
  • Ruedi Widmer (Ed.): Lay rule, 18 excursions on the relationship between the arts and the media. Diaphanes, Zurich 2014, 320 pages, ISBN 978-3-03734-794-2
  • Dieter Heß (ed.): Cultural journalism, a manual for training and practice. 2nd updated edition, 1997, 247 pages, ISBN 3-471-78055-6
  • Kilian Moritz: cultural journalism. In: Markus Kaiser (Ed.): Special Interest. Departmental journalism - concepts, training, practice , Munich (Econ-Verlag) 2012, ISBN 978-3-430-20145-2
  • Peter Overbeck (Hrsg.): Music and culture on the radio, change and opportunities. Lit-Verlag Münster 2007, 201 pages, ISBN 3-825-89645-5
  • Stephan Porombka: Cultural Journalism. In: Handbuch Literaturwissenschaft , Vol. 3: Literary studies as an institution (professional fields). Edited by Thomas Anz. Stuttgart 2007, pp. 270-283
  • Stephan Porombka: Cultural Studies of the Present Time. Opportunities for cultural journalism during studies. In: writing. In the context of school, university, work and everyday life. Edited by Johannes Berning and Helmut H. Koch. Münster 2006, pp. 198–219, version as PDF file
  • Stephan Porombka, Erhard Schütz (ed.): 55 classics of cultural journalism. Bostelmann & Siebenhaar, Berlin 2008
  • Gunter Reus: Feature section: Cultural journalism for mass media. 2., revised. Ed., 1999, 366 pages, ISBN 3-89669-245-3
  • Gernot Stegert: Features for everyone: Strategies in cultural journalism for the press. Tübingen 1998, 338 pages, ISBN 3-484-34048-7 (University of Tübingen, dissertation 1997)

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stephan Porombka: cultural journalism. In: Handbuch Literaturwissenschaft, Vol. 3: Literary studies as an institution (professional fields). Edited by Thomas Anz. Stuttgart 2007, pp. 270-283.
  2. Cultural Journalism: History - accessed June 9, 2020
  3. Cultural Journalism: Outlook - accessed on June 9, 2020
  4. ^ Boskop semester program: "Write beautifully and nastily". Retrieved November 9, 2016 .
  5. Wolfgang Goertz: Good grades , in: Die Zeit (January 20, 2011).
  6. AQAS eV: External reaccreditation decision and report (2016) with a detailed description and assessment of the music journalism courses at TU Dortmund University.