Walther of La Roche

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Walther von La Roche (born February 29, 1936 in Munich ; † May 9, 2010 in Herrsching am Ammersee ) was a German journalist and journalism teacher. Until 2006 he taught as an honorary professor for radio journalism at the University of Leipzig . He was the founder and editor of the journalism textbook series Journalistische Praxis .


Walther von La Roche gained his first journalistic experience as a schoolboy: He founded the school newspaper “Unser Sprachrohr” at the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich and the “Presse der Jugend” (later Junge Presse Bayern).

After graduating from high school in 1954, he began studying law at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich , which he completed with the Assessor exam. La Roche financed his studies through freelance work as a journalist for radio stations, magazines and newspapers. In 1956 he received a scholarship from the Werner Friedmann Institute in Munich, the forerunner of the German School of Journalism . La Roche completed internships at the daily newspapers “ Mannheimer Morgen ” and “ Berliner Morgenpost ” as well as at the Federal Press Office and the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation .

Professional activities

From 1961 he worked full-time at Bayerischer Rundfunk as an editor and presenter. Between 1967 and 1971 he headed the youth radio, then until 1978 the department “Training and Editing Law”. From then on he was news chief of BR radio for 18 years until he retired. Until 1985 Walther von La Roche was also responsible for training in radio and television at Bayerischer Rundfunk. During his time as head of youth radio, he helped set up Welle Bayern 3 . Together with Gert Heidenreich , he initiated the program Pop Sunday there .


Walther von La Roche was a member of the German Society for Media and Communication Studies and the study group for radio and history; he was an honorary member of the German School of Journalism .


La Roche has written numerous books and essays, including the standard work "Introduction to Practical Journalism", which was first published in 1975. It has been published since 2017, edited by Klaus Meier and Gabriele Hooffacker , under the title "La Roche's Introduction to Practical Journalism". He was the founder and editor of the journalistic practice book series . The series was published by Econ Verlag in 2006 and by Springer VS since 2013 ; Gabriele Hooffacker is co-editor and sole editor since 2010.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rolf Meyer: Ten Years of the Werner Friedmann Institute. Training young journalists. Ed .: Werner Friedmann Institute Munich ev. 1959
  2. Source: Verlag Springer VS , accessed May 25, 2019
  3. Journalistic Practice series at Springer VS
  4. ^ Website with more information on La Roche's Introduction to Practical Journalism