Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
There are already many master's programs in journalism. Does the world still need a master's program in television journalism?
There are two main reasons for establishing the Master’s program:
1.) In the German-speaking university market, this master’s is the only one of its kind. The opportunity to specialize in the field of television journalism right from the start has not existed before.
All other journalism master’s programs initially provide a broad journalistic education in the areas of print, online, audio and video. Only after two to three semesters can students specialize.
The master’s program in television journalism at Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts is different. It builds on a broad background in journalism and media studies. Right from the start, students focus exclusively on television journalism.
Added to this is the innovative aspect of the course: the television master’s explicitly incorporates forward-looking technical developments and communication options. Thus, mobile reporting with smartphones is just as much a part of the teaching as the development of social media formats.
The course is strictly application-oriented and scientifically oriented at the same time. The personnel and technical equipment at Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts is very good compared to other state universities.
2.) There is a great demand in the media industry for qualified graduates in the field of TV journalism:
After a media crisis in 2000-2004, the market needs very well-trained TV and moving image specialists. These should be very well versed in both editorial and technical areas. The numerous cooperation partners (e.g. SAT. 1, NDR, BR, AZ Media, RTL, etc.) repeatedly make explicit reference to the need for qualified graduates. The “Master in TV Journalism” degree opens up very good career prospects.
How much will it cost me to study? Do I have to pay to borrow a camera, sound equipment, etc.?
The only cost to students is the semester fee (in the 2021 summer semester: €440.99). MTV students can borrow all the high-end technology they need for TV productions from the Campus Medienwerkstatt free of charge.
Wouldn't a traineeship in a TV newsroom be more practical?
A traineeship is a practical journalistic training and on-the-job training. Volunteers are heavily involved in the complex editorial structures. They often do the same work as permanent editors. The training is supplemented by journalistic seminars. But these are not enough to enable them to work in a scientifically reflective manner.
Graduates who limit their further education after the Bachelor of Arts to a traineeship have limited career prospects. They are also denied an academic career.
The television master’s program is designed to be application-oriented. Numerous practice-oriented projects and the support of lecturers from the business world provide an in-depth look at journalistic TV practice.
How relevant is a scientific education for TV journalists?
The advantage of the master’s program in television journalism lies in the broad media and technical teaching of journalistic skills combined with academic training.
This opens up numerous career prospects for graduates: On the one hand, a professional career as a video or TV journalist. On the other hand, an academic career is possible, as the master’s degree enables graduates to pursue a doctorate.
The scientific education enables graduates to independently and intensively interpret and deal with complex professional and social circumstances. The television master teaches structured and scientific work and the ability to contribute competently and critically to scientific, social and professional discussions.
Why is there no semester abroad integrated in the study program?
Currently, there is no comparably designed master’s degree program in other European countries. Without a time delay, an equivalent study program including a semester abroad would not be possible. However, it is not unusual for students to write their master’s thesis at a partner university of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts abroad. The scientific thesis can be written either in German or English.
What criteria are used to select students for the master's program in television journalism?
Prerequisites for admission to the program:
– (Fach)Hochschulabschluss (B.A., Diplom) in a journalism or media/communication science course of study.
– film and/or television-related practical experience of at least 9 ECTS credits in the first degree program
– Final grade in first degree program 2.5 or better
– At least four months of practical experience (e.g. internships, freelance work) in the field of TV/video
– Journalistic work samples (moving image)
Applicants who meet the requirements will be invited to a selection interview, which will examine the candidates’ special qualifications. The criteria in the selection interview are:
– Practical skills in the field of moving image design.
– Knowledge in the field of television journalism
– Professional goals of the candidate
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