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Lomonossow Moscow State University Awards Journalist Günther von Lojewski Honorary Professorship

von Lojewski Honored for Work in Training Democratically Minded Journalists

№ 288/2009 from Oct 20, 2009

The former director of Radio Free Berlin and co-founder of the "ZDF heute journal," Günther von Lojewski, has been awarded the academic degree of honorary professor from the Faculty of Journalism of Lomonossow Moscow State University. Lojewski, a long-time adjunct professor and director of the International Center for Journalism at Freie Universität Berlin, will be honored with a formal retirement celebration on October 21, 2009. He received the honorary professorship from the largest Russian university for his contributions to German-Russian cooperation in training journalists.

Lojewski was awarded the professorship not only for his scientific work and his teaching at the Faculty of Journalisim, but also for his "commitment to the education of democratically minded journalists in Russia and his contribution to the development of the Free Russian-German Institute for Journalism," as stated in the certificate of bestowal.

Günther von Lojewski founded the "International Journalists" program that since 1998 has brought over 200 young journalists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and other CIS states to Berlin for training at the International Center for Journalists at Freie Universität Berlin. The aim of the fellowships is to convey to young journalists from the former Soviet bloc the importance of the media for the development of civil society.

In addition, Lojewski initiated the joint German-Russian master's degree program "Communication and Journalism" at Freie Universität Berlin and Lomonossow Moscow State University, which with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research was able to take up its work this winter semester.

In 2008, as part of his work at the International Center for Journalists at Freie Universität Berlin, Lojewski set up the "internXchange" program aimed at young journalists from the U.S.A. It is intended to increase knowledge about Germany and Europe in the U.S. and make a contribution toward improving German-American relations.

During a Winfried Fest Lecture on October 21 at Freie Universität, there will be a formal retirement celebration for 74-year-old Lojewski. Former German Federal President Roman Herzog will be a guest speaker.

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