In the summer semester of 2017, HAW Hamburg responded to these needs and to the changes we are currently experiencing in the journalistic profession by launching a new Master’s degree course, the only one of its kind in Germany, in which 24 students work in realistic conditions in HAW Hamburg’s new dedicated newsroom to produce an online magazine called Fink.Hamburg. Alongside individual supervision and support, they attend seminars which teach them vital competencies around digital content, technologies and strategies.
As well as working in the newsroom, the course’s students undertake projects in partnership with businesses and digital networks so they can experience and meet the challenges that will await them in their future careers in the creative industry and the digital professional world.
1. The purpose of this degree course is to support high-quality journalism. The academic in charge is Dr Christian Stöcker, who previously headed the Netzwelt section of Spiegel Online, the website of Germany’s leading news magazine Der Spiegel. He joined HAW Hamburg’s Department of Information as its professor of digital communication in winter semester 2016/17. A host of guest lecturers from key media outlets provide students with comprehensive insights into how today’s media businesses do journalism.
2. The course is designed to be as close to the day-to-day realities of journalism as it gets. It is the first degree course at a German institution to have a newsroom modelled on the ‘teaching hospitals’ used in journalism education in the US. Students produce professional, up-to-the-minute multimedia reporting on events at HAW Hamburg and in the city of Hamburg while learning about audience development via the use of data, search engines and social media.
3. HAW Hamburg has Germany’s most modern ‘media campus’, where a range of experts in journalism, multimedia content, web design, social media, app development, data visualisation and SEO provide students with a unique breadth of specialist knowledge and skills. Its on-campus TV and radio station and specialist AV labs offer top-level technical infrastructure.
4. A potential funding boost: High-performing students, or those in need of particular support, can apply for a one-year Deutschlandstipendium scholarship, worth €300 per month and funded by the German federal government and leading businesses. Students who receive the scholarship award can apply for part-funding for their Master's thesis from a participating business.
5. Outstanding job opportunities and an excellent network: Our graduates work at DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT, Beiersdorf, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Correctiv, Greenpeace, Gruner + Jahr, Hamburger Abendblatt, Hamburg Süd, Hoffmann & Campe, Microsoft, Mit Vergnügen Hamburg, NDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Share, Tchibo, T-Online and WDR, among others. Numerous graduates have successfully started their own companies.
This Master’s degree course is aimed at gifted communicators with a first degree (Bachelor, Magister, Diplom or Master, or international equivalents) and excellent knowledge of German and English. We’re looking for highly motivated and creative thinkers with initial experience in media who want to help shape the digital transformation of our societies.
You will need to pass an aptitude assessment (see below) to be considered for a place.
As well as gaining hands-on experience in the newsroom, our students gain leadership competencies for the digital economy in their first two semesters in two special academic modules:
- Communication Skills: this course teaches you key aspects of digital communication across disciplines, including IT, media psychology and media management.
- Digital Strategy: this module provides a thorough grounding in vital strategic competencies to help you handle the systemic and structural shifts of the digital revolution in regard to media ethics, media law, and communication planning.
In the course’s second year, you’ll start your journey into your real-world future career with two supervised communication projects in your third semester. In your fourth and final semester you will progress to a project you plan and realise independently in cooperation with a media business and whose trajectory and results you document in your Master's thesis.
Our graduates leave us with up-to-date knowledge and skills in a range of areas, including research and fact-checking, digital news, cross-media formats, digital leadership, 360° storytelling, social media and community engagement, debating, app design, big data, project management, newsroom strategy, psychology of communication, media ethics, journalism and PR, Internet politics, design thinking, user research, content marketing, SEO, web scraping, data visualisation and blogging.
- A first degree worth at least 180 credit points, with a minimum grade of ‘good’ (2.5) in the German system (or an equivalent grade).
- Diploma Supplement/Transcript of Records
- International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the German language via a recognised language test, which should be one of the following: Goethe Institute C1, TestDaF 4, telc C1 Hochschule, DSH2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom issued by the KMK (Kultusministerkonferenz), or Kleines or Großes Sprachdiplom issued by the Goethe Institute.
- All candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language at CEFR level B1 via an appropriate means (your Abitur grade, TOEFL test score, etc.)
- Successful completion of the assessment of aptitude, for which you will need to submit your certificate(s) of qualification, a letter of motivation, your CV and samples of your work
This degree course has a two-step application and admissions process.
Step 1 – 15 to 30 October: You may register for the aptitude assessment by submitting a completed form and the other documents required during this period. Apply here
Step 2 – 15 to 30 November: During this period you will receive notification of whether you have passed the aptitude assessment. If we have more equally qualified applicants than places, we may invite you to an interview.
Applications and admissions:
HAW Master's Degree Course Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Berliner Tor Campus)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Drop-in office hours: Monday/Tuesday: 11:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 2:00–5:00 pm
Infothek opening hours: Monday–Thursday: 10:00 am–4:00 pm; Friday: 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Telephone office hours: Moday/Tuesday, 9:00–10:00 am; Thursday: 9:00–11:00 am
Due to the restrictions resulting from the corona pandemic, drop-in office hours are not being offered at the moment. You can reach us by telephone during these times. The Infothek is closed until further notice.
For general queries about degree courses:
Student Counselling Team (Zentrale Studienberatung)
Stiftstrasse 69, 1st floor, room 122
T +49 151 21254893
Advice and information by phone: Monday/Tuesday: 11:00 am–1:00 pm; Thursday: 4:00–5:00 pm
Drop-in office hours: Thursday: 2:00–4:00 pm
Contact person for applicants with disabilities or chronic health conditions:
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Current office hours:www.haw-hamburg.de/inklusion
Registration for assessment of aptitude:
Lena Frommeyer and Lea Wolz
Department of Information, HAW Hamburg
Finkenau 35, 20099 Hamburg
Specifically subject-related queries:
Prof. Dr. Christian Stöcker
Finkenau 35, 20099 Hamburg
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Information about this degree course is available in German only.