Master New Media Journalism (MA)


Program Description

Part-time studies focusing on digital journalism, cross-media content production and media management

The future of journalism is digital. In the information world of today, the media genres print, TV and radio and online are growing ever closer together. Anyone who still wants to work successfully as a journalist in a few years - whether as a freelancer or as an employed editor - therefore needs a variety of skills and competencies. Media makers need to master the cross-media production and multimedia content preparation, be able to communicate across all channels and have knowledge of media management, media management and media technology. All this on the basis of the classic journalistic craft, which is based more than ever on the methodological research, on the user-oriented content creation in all forms of representation and on the basic media ethics and media law knowledge. The European networked course New Media Journalism takes all these requirements into account. The extra-occupational Master program opens up concrete perspectives for the participants in order to shape up-to-date journalism and master the digital media change.

Target group and contents of the program

The extra-occupational study course New Media Journalism is aimed at journalistic employees of media companies of all kinds who work in the fields of print, TV, radio and online. Also addressed are freelance journalists who want to offer their services across multiple channels or above all digitally, as well as employees of online agencies and online service providers with journalistic oriented offers. In addition, the program is meaningful and interesting for employees of media companies who do not work explicitly in journalism, but who are responsible for online / digital responsibility, for example at the interface of media production, media design and media management.

The study conveys practical and academic knowledge in the following subject areas and fields of work:

  • cross-media journalism in print, TV and radio, and especially online journalism,
  • Media and media management,
  • cross-media content production, multimedia and editorial management,
  • international media law, especially copyright and contract law,
  • international media systems and media ethics.

A graphical overview of the study contents, in which the respective official module descriptions are linked, can be found under Modules | Program content.

Master's degree from the University of Leipzig

The program is a joint offer of the Leipzig School of Media (LSoM), the University of Leipzig and three other renowned journalistic training institutions. Participants include the Academy of Journalism in Hamburg, the Board of Trustees for Journalism Education in Salzburg, and the MAZ - Swiss Journalism School in Lucerne.

The participants study during the four semesters at all locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. After successful completion, the University of Leipzig awards the internationally recognized academic degree "Master of Arts" and a Master's degree certificate.The degree entitles you to a doctorate.The University of Leipzig's website also contains the official study documents, ie study and examination regulations and aptitude assessment regulations.

Extra-occupational study form

The master program is conceived as an extra-occupational offer. Once a month, students attend classroom sessions at the four study sites for three consecutive days (usually from Thursday to Saturday). Between the face-to-face appointments, students continue to pursue their profession. In this way, what you have learned can be applied immediately in practice. In the case of self-study, students are supported via the online campus, which offers the opportunity for e-learning. The LSoM's entire teaching and learning process is based on an extensive blended learning concept to make the most of the benefits of integrating face-to-face and self-study. Read more about the course of study.

Graduates of the study program in the portrait

Tobias Köpplinger has successfully completed the degree program New Media Journalism. Read a portrait of him under the headline "Fascinated by the possibilities of multimedia journalism".

Whether data journalism, hyperlocal journalism or cross-media strategies - the topics of the master's theses in the master's program New Media Journalism cover the entire occupational field. On this page you will find a selection of master theses.

How did other graduates fare after graduation? What career paths have you taken? And: Did the study pay off? Graduates of the degree program have told us how their careers developed after graduation.

Under References you will also find links to some projects from the program.

Fees, funding and scholarships

The tuition fees for the Master's program New Media Journalism amount to € 3,850 per semester. In total, the costs for the four-semester study amount to 15,400 euros. The costs for incurred examination fees of 670 Euro will be charged separately.

As a non-profit educational institution, LSoM does not intend to profit. The tuition fees flow directly into teaching and guarantee renowned lecturers from science and practice.

In our service area, we have compiled extensive information on the financing of our offers. Among other things, we grant students an early bird rebate of 10 percent if they apply to the LSoM by the end of March and sign their study contract by the end of April. The tuition fees are also exempt from VAT.

The LSoM also regularly writes scholarships, sometimes in cooperation with partners. To find out about such tenders in good time, subscribe to our e-mail newsletter or visit LSoM's website or social media channels regularly.

Start of studies, admission requirements and application

The study program New Media Journalism starts annually for the winter semester. Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • University degree.
  • Proof of work experience of usually less than one year.
  • As a non-native speaker: sufficient, that is verifiable, knowledge of the German language.

Even non-German university degrees are recognized; Only in exceptional cases applicants with a university degree must prove their knowledge of scientific methodology or acquire it during the first semester.

The number of study places per year is limited to 15, in order to ensure optimal supervision and quality of teaching. Applications are accepted by LSoM at any time. You will find information about the necessary application documents, the aptitude test and the conclusion of the contract as well as the application form on the application page.

Have we piqued your interest?

Then feel free to contact us at any time. We are happy to help.

Of course, you can also get to know the program as a guest student. We will gladly arrange an individual day of rehearsal with you at the Media Campus Villa Ida in Leipzig or at the NMJ locations in Hamburg, Salzburg and Lucerne.

Last updated Mar 2020

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