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HAW offers new M.A. course in digital communication

Focus is on 360 degree storytelling, big data and data visualization. Journalist training course modelled on U.S. "teaching hospital"

The newly founded Competence Center Communication (CCCOM) at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is launching a two-year M.A. course in digital communication from summer 2017. Both the content and technical level of the course will be of high quality. HAW aims to educate young journalists to compete on an international scale in 360-degree storytelling, big data and data visualization.

Head of Spiegel Online’s Network Department to manage course

The course will pinpoint changes underway in the field presently. Some 24 students will produce a daily, online magazine under realistic and professional conditions in the university newsroom modelled on the renowned U.S. Medill School of Journalism’s “teaching hospital” in Chicago. This concept has been practised there successfully for years.

Students will be trained for the challenges of digitalisation and the creative economy in additional practical projects with partner companies. HAW Hamburg has appointed Dr. Christian Stöcker, Head of Spiegel Online’s Network Department, to manage the course. In September 2016, he will take up a professorial chair of digital communication.

Demands on young journalists

Stöcker noted: “The radical changes in media require a new approach to journalistic training. The teaching hospital model facilitates an ideal combination of theory and daily practice – exactly what active practitioners want from young journalists.”

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