FAQ

There are numerous other graduate study programs for upcoming journalists. Why should I go for TV Journalism, a study program which has just been started a few years ago?

Basically, there are two main reasons why we started this study program:

1.) Our study program is unique among any German speaking countries. Hochschule Hannover is the only place where you are able to specialize in TV and video journalism from the first day on – not only in one or two seminars at the end of your studies (as it is the case for common journalistic study programs). In addition, we really care for keeping your study program up to date and innovative. We are continuously including new aspects and technical developments on the TV market into your curriculum. The study program is on a high scientific level and at the same time really hands-on. Compared to other state universities, our technical equipment is high above average.

2.) According to our cooperating TV partners (e. g. SAT. 1, NDR, BR, RTL, etc.), there is a great demand for highly skilled TV Journalism graduates. Following a media crisis between 2000 and 2004, the market still needs well-trained TV and motion picture specialists proficient in both editorial and technical matters. Career prospects for graduates of TV Journalism (M. A.) are really good.

How does the department’s selection committee decide about which students are admitted to the TV Journalism program?

First of all, the prerequisites to apply for the TV Journalism (M. A.) program are:
– University degree or technical college degree (e. g. Bachelor of Arts, German “Diplom”, etc.) in journalism, media/communication studies, or similar study programs
– TV related seminars from undergraduate studies should add up to at least 9 credit points (ECTS)
– Bachelor’s (or equivalent degree) of at least 2.5 (according to German standards)
– At least four months of practical training (TV/video, e. g. internships or freelance work)
– Three journalistic work samples (video)

Applicants matching these conditions are likely to be invited to take part in the aptitude test and the interviews in June in order to get to know the applicants and their practical skills in terms of TV/video production, their proficiency in TV journalism and individual career goals.

Good luck!

Why should I study TV Journalism? Wouldn’t it be much more hands-on to go for a TV traineeship?

Traineeships are a great thing to do in order to really get a lot of practical training over a longer period of time. In fact, trainees often do the same work as regular editors do. However, even though there are journalistic seminars included into a traineeship, there is in fact no time left to reflect upon what you are actually doing on a scientific level. If you are going for a traineeship once you have reached a bachelor’s degree, professional prospects will be limited. The same goes for a scientific career.

In addition, studying TV Journalism is really hands-on, too. Students are continuously working on various film projects supported by our professors, all of whom have had jobs at several different TV stations and media businesses and are still working as journalists.

Why does the study program not include a semester abroad?

At the moment, there is no graduate study program comparable to the structure of ours in other European countries, meaning that one semester abroad would automatically result in you having to do an additional semester once you are back in Germany. However, it is not uncommon that some of our students are going to one of our partner universities all across Europe for working on their master thesis. The master thesis can either be written in German or English.

What do I pay for studying TV Journalism? Do I have to pay for using TV equipment (e. g. professional cameras)?

Students only have to pay a semester contribution (€ 388.33 for the 2015 summer term), which already includes for instance the ticket for public transportation covering Hanover and large parts of Lower Saxony. Borrowing high-end TV equipment for your student projects is free of charge.

What do TV journalists need a scientific education for?

The great thing about studying TV Journalism is the combination of both practical journalistic training and a scientific education. Professional prospects are diverse: You can either become a TV/video journalist, or go for a career in science since the master’s degree entitles its holder to apply for doctoral studies (or you can do both).

Moreover, the scientific education helps our graduates to take part in critically discussing the role of journalism today and interpreting its social, economic, and cultural circumstances. Our program enables students to reflect on their own work as well as on journalistic questions and problems on a scientific level.

Still more questions?

We are happy to help you.
Just send an e-mail to: fernsehmaster@hs-hannover.de