Technische Universität Ilmenau

Theory and practice of journalism - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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subject properties Theory and practice of journalism in major Master Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft/Media and Communication Science 2013
subject number101784
examination number2500397
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group 2552 (Media Studies Group)
subject leaderProf. Dr. Martin Löffelholz
term Sommersemester
credit points6
on-campus program (h)22
self-study (h)158
Obligationobligatory elective
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate
  • Active participation; contributes 25% to final grade (FG)
  • Presentation on selected topics, June 1, 2019 (30-40 min per group); contributes 35% to FG
  • Academic paper (18-22 pages including references; one paper per group). Submission deadline: July 1, 2019; to be sent to:; contributes 40% to FG
maximum number of participants30
previous knowledge and experience


learning outcome

Students will conduct research on real cases and analyze different strategies of journalists coping with their job tasks.


Lecturer:         Dr. Andrea C. Hoffmann

In the seminar, we will identify current trends in journalism and the psychological effect they have on journalists working in different kinds of media, old and new.

Changing working environments will be analyzed with a special focus on traumatizing environments such as war zones, natural disasters, or crime reporting.

We will then especially focus on the coping strategies of journalists and theirs individual techniques to deal with difficult situations.

A questionnaire will be compiled in order to be used for in-depth-interviews to be performed by the participants. These interviews will be the base of our analysis.

media of instruction
literature / references

To be disseminated at the first seminar session

evaluation of teaching


Freiwillige Evaluation:

WS 2017/18 (Seminar)