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In all media - our Master in Journalism

The Master's Program in Journalism teaches and reflects the fundamentals of journalistic work and practices in all media genres and on all platforms. Whether in newspapers and magazines, on radio and television, or on social media platforms, what counts is relevance, substance, and originality . The program is open to applicants from all fields of study. An aptitude test determines admission. Our graduates work in numerous newsrooms nationwide.

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How the programme is structured

The Master's degree programme in Journalism lasts four semesters. The central components of the programme are the teaching units on text-based and audiovisual journalism, which we call “Lehrredaktionen”. The journalistic craft is taught and practised in small groups. For example, students attend meetings, conduct interviews, write reports and features, produce video clips and audio files. Students learn the theory in lectures and seminars.

The first semester usually begins with text-based journalism, in the following semesters students are familiarised with radio, video and digital formats. In addition to the Lehrredaktionen, workshops are offered with which the School of Journalism reacts flexibly to changes and new requirements in journalism. The workshops cover topics such as image design, mobile reporting, fact checking, data journalism and social media storytelling. Excursions are also organised as part of the teaching editorial teams, providing inspiration and input for a wide range of media projects. These can be, for example, a print magazine, a radio programme, a multimedia presentation or a video documentary. From the 3rd semester onwards, the "Projektlabor" course also offers students the opportunity to try out the practical knowledge they have learnt up to that point, implement it in a creative way and experiment with new ideas, applications and formats.

Three internships of at least four weeks each in a newsroom are a further component of the training programme at the School of Journalism. These can be completed at a news agency, newspaper or magazine, radio or television station, for example. The appropriate period is the semester break.

In the fourth semester, students are prepared for their Master's thesis. To this end, they attend the course "Journalistic Colloquium", research topics and the appropriate media realisation and discuss these with lecturers.


Application information

From the beginning of April each year, interested students have the opportunity to apply online via the university website for the following winter semester (online application). Further documents must be attached to the completed and printed application form. All documents must then be sent to the following adress:

Registrar's Office of the Johannes Gutenberg University
55099 Mainz

The application deadline for the journalism degree program in Mainz this year is May 15, 2024. The program can only be started in the winter semester. In addition to the application, an aptitude test must be taken. It will take place on June 10 + 11, 2024 at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. All applicants who meet the formal requirements for the application will be invited in writing to the aptitude test by the School of Journalism.

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