Formal Launch of New Master’s Program in Communication and Journalism on October 21

Freie Universität and Lomonosov Moscow State University Are Jointly Educating German and Russian Journalists

№ 275/2009 from Oct 15, 2009

The master’s degree program in communication and journalism offered jointly by Freie Universität and Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) will be formally launched on October 21 in Berlin. Former German Federal President Roman Herzog will hold the keynote lecture in the context ot the Winfried Fest Lectures. The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. German and Russian journalists will be trained jointly in the bilingual master’s degree program.

The graduate students in this program will gain insight into journalistic practice, the structures of the media systems, and media research in Russia and Germany. Through this degree program graduates may thus gain further training for working in media companies and NGOs, among other options.

The new degree program was initiated by the former director of Radio Free Berlin, Günther von Lojewski, who for over ten years as director of the International Center for Journalism and adjunct professor at Freie Universität, accompanied journalists from the countries of the former Soviet Union and other European countries. The idea for the German-Russian joint master's program grew out of the training program "International Journalists" that was set up by Günther von Lojewski and former German Federal President Roman Herzog in 1998 at the International Center for Journalism. During the upcoming event Günther von Lojewski will be officially honored upon his retirement from the program. Management of the program has been taken over by Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg.

The degree program is aimed at students worldwide who have an interest in journalism and speak both Russian and German well. Graduates of the program will receive a German and a Russian academic degree, a Master of Arts in Communication and Journalism. They will acquire practical skills in journalism and in the scientific analysis of current changes in media and society. The degree program is distinguished by excellent scientific teaching with an international focus. The courses will be taught in Russian and German. The teaching takes place in Moscow at the Faculty of Journalism and in Berlin at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies of Freie Universität.

Further Information

Ulrike Butmaloiu, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
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