The Ansbach Department of Journalism trains students for professional practice in a bachelor's degree course that is unique in Germany. In seven semesters, students learn about all types of media, from newspapers to radio and television to online production.
Renowned professionals train with them all journalistic work phases up to the production of own magazines and on-line formats. They use state-of-the-art equipment with a writing workshop, cameras, editing suites and a professional radio and television studio.
A special feature of Ansbach's departmental journalism is the focus modules in the main study period. Analogous to the editorial departments and new innovative subject areas, the students concentrate on a subject of their choice before they complete a practical semester in an editorial office or a media company. Due to their high practical and technical authority the graduates and graduates of the course of studies department journalism are flexibly applicable - particularly within the interface range of the medium convergence.
After seven semesters of standard study, the RJO (Departmental Journalism) programme concludes with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The course can only begin in the winter semester and only within the range of the specified limit grade. Lectures take place mainly on the Ansbach campus. The language of instruction is German. The course is led by Prof. Dr. Ismeni Walter and Prof. Dr. Thomas Liesen.
At the beginning of the third semester, the students choose the so-called department, i.e. the specialist focus, which provides them with the relevant qualifications for their future tasks.
In the first three semesters, students acquire the basic knowledge for qualified journalistic work in all types of media. In particular, students are sensitized to the fact that journalistic work requires a high degree of care and responsibility. Subjects such as media ethics and media law are therefore on the curriculum, as are research strategies and source analysis. So it is all about the journalistic tools of the trade.
In intensive training units, the students of the degree programme become acquainted with the specific requirements of print, online, radio and TV. The accompanying courses are media production, photojournalism and communication and impact research. Newly introduced course contents such as Media Economics are aimed at the dynamic development of the media landscape.
In order to qualify for a specific journalistic department, students choose a thematic focus from the third semester onwards. This consists of seven subject-specific modules in the selected subject area and various project modules (cross-media, next media, project management). The specialist knowledge acquired in the basic and in-depth modules of the respective focal points is directly incorporated into practical projects in department-specific journalistic practice modules.
In the fifth semester, the practical semester, students complete a long-term journalistic internship in a print, online, TV or radio editorial office. In the sixth semester, the students return to the university from their internships and in this semester and the following semester acquire further department-specific knowledge in one of the selected areas and in the respective project modules. The Bachelor's thesis - with Bachelor's thesis and Bachelor's seminar - concludes the course before students are awarded the title "Bachelor of Arts".
Additional competences are provided by the elective modules, which students can choose and take as they wish during the course of their studies. They give students the opportunity to acquire important key qualifications depending on their career goals, talents and inclinations. Examples of elective modules are:
The head of the teaching editorial office is Prof. Sabine Böhne-Di Leo, editor-in-chief students alternate.
Here you will find all issues of KASPAR (all in German!):
The head of Campusradio is Prof. Dr. Thomas Liesen.
Like the predecessor ANgedacht goes also Rabbit radio on each second Thursday in the month at 20 o'clock over the partner Afkmax on transmission. A mix is offered from music beyond the Mainstreams, interviews, interesting Studio guest and journalistic contributions to current topics.
In the fifth semester, the practical semester, students complete a long-term journalistic internship in a print, online, TV or radio editorial office. In the sixth semester, students return to the university from their internships and in this semester and the following semester acquire further departmental knowledge in one of the selected areas and in the respective project modules. The Bachelor's thesis - with Bachelor's thesis and Bachelor's seminar - concludes the course before students are awarded the title "Bachelor of Arts".
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