Deutsche Journalistenschule

The German School of Journalism ( DJS ) is a publishing independent journalism school in Munich. It is one of the most prestigious journalism schools in Germany.

The DJS is to young journalists from editors. The school does not pay a training allowance and requires no tuition fees. Carriers are 54 facilities, including the Bavarian Association of Journalists, the German Association of Journalists, the German journalists and journalists ' Union ( dju ), the Association of Bavarian newspaper publishers, the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting, several political parties and several major publishers and TV station.

The school receives additional funding by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, the State of Bavaria and the city of Munich. For the practical training of the students classes, the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich takes over a part of the cost.

The school is a founding member of the Media Campus Bavaria, the governing body for media education and further training in Bavaria.


The Werner - Friedmann Institute was founded on April 29, 1949 by Werner Friedmann, the then editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung and editor of the evening paper, in Munich. Friedmann designed the school modeled after the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City, which he visited during a six-week trip to the USA. He did not want to teach academics in lecture halls, but from seasoned journalists in " teaching newsrooms " journalism.

The DJS was founded on 17 September 1959 as a registered non- profit organization. The school was housed since that time until 2012 at Altheimer Eck 3 in Munich, new site since April 2012, is the skyscraper of the Süddeutsche Verlag. The DJS walked out of the first school of journalistic practice of the Federal Republic, the Werner - Friedmann Institute forth.

The DJS oriented up today Friedmann's goals, ideas and methods. The then head of the Werner Friedmann Institute, Rolf Meyer, in 1959 the first leader of the DJS. On November 3, 1961, the 15 participants of the first training editors of DJS began their training. Headmaster from 1971 to Jürgen Frohner, 1994 to be the first woman, Mercedes Riederer. Since 2002 Ulrich Brenner led the school in 2011 Jörg Sadrozinski has taken over the school leadership.


Every year, the DJS takes 45 students to the broad education for print, radio, television, and online editor. In a two-stage application process, applicants rich (more than 2000 interested call annually the application documents to ) first self-written reports a, 150 candidates are then invited to attend a two-day test application to Munich. There are two training routes, a 16-month Compact training and a four-semester Master's program, which a university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, State Examination ) requires.

The compact training consists of several months of training sections to print, radio, television and cross-media and two three -month internships, the first usually in a newspaper or in a date online editing, the second at magazines, the radio or watch TV.

The four-semester master's degree in Journalism DJS cooperates with the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University of Munich. The completed at the DJS practical training blocks and the two mandatory internships are recognized as academic achievements and supplemented by communication and media studies seminars, lectures and tutorials.

The curriculum of the DJS stand next departmental customer the various forms of journalism - the news of the report to comment. Also, online journalism and cross-media journalism are taught. The instructors are experienced journalists, among others, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. The technical equipment at the school corresponds to the modern newspaper, radio and television newsrooms.

Graduates ( selection)

  • Götz Aly, a freelance journalist and visiting professor for interdisciplinary Holocaust research at the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt am Main
  • Jon Christoph Berndt, entrepreneur, coach, TV presenter, author and lecturer
  • Maxim Biller, writer
  • Claus -Erich Boetzkes, Moderator news ( ARD)
  • Ralph Bollmann, author, journalist, taz - the daily newspaper
  • Ulrich Brenner, former head of DJS
  • Rainer Esser, President, Time
  • Heike Faller, journalist and author
  • Norbert Frei, historians
  • Dirk von Gehlen, Journalist
  • Richard Gutjahr, presenter and blogger
  • Axel Hacke, author, columnist, SZ-Magazin
  • Michael Herl, writer and presenter
  • Wolfgang Herles, editorial director, ZDF aspects
  • Volker Herre, program director of The First
  • Günther Jauch, Moderator, ARD
  • Kurt Kister, Executive Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Peter Kleim, Studio Head of RTL capital Studio Berlin
  • Tina Klopp, online editor at Time and author
  • Klotzek Timm, Executive Editor, SZ-Magazin
  • Wolfgang Koydl, London Correspondent, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Ludger Kühnhardt, director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI ) and Professor of Political Science at the University of Bonn
  • Walther von La Roche, head of news radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk, journalism teacher
  • Stephan Lebert, Reporter ( The Time) and author
  • Sandra Maischberger, presenter, ARD
  • Matthias Matussek, former head of the culture department at Spiegel
  • Till Nassif, television and radio presenter ( Planet Wissen, Cosmo TV)
  • Stefan Niggemeier Blog co-founder, Media Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper
  • Jan -Eric Peters, editor in chief and publisher, Die Welt, Welt Kompakt, Berliner Morgenpost
  • Andreas Petzold, editor in chief of the star
  • Ulf Poschardt, former chief editor of the German edition of Vanity Fair
  • Christian Ricken, business journalist and writer
  • Mercedes Riederer, Editor in Chief radio, Bayerischer Rundfunk
  • Tumbler Soyhan, journalist for the BR
  • Helmut Stegmann, former chief editor of the tz
  • Philipp Ther, Professor of History, Vienna
  • Uta Thofern - Dieste, Editor in Chief, German -wave radio
  • Martin Tzschaschel, former deputy editor, PM magazine
  • Anne Urbauer, Editor in Chief and Country Mini International Magazine
  • Marie Waldburg, society columnist, Colorful
  • Jan Weiler, author
  • Birgit Wentzien, head of the main studio, SWR, from April 2012 Editor in Chief Germany Radio
  • Christine Westermann, television and radio presenter ( The hub rooms! )
  • Ulrich Wilhelm, Director, Bayerischer Rundfunk