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In collaboration with Mediendienst Integration, the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism at TU Dortmund University is set to develop the e-learning platform “Media – Migration – Integration” for both aspiring and established journalists. The project is part of the German federal government’s National Action Plan for Integration, which has now been unveiled by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The government’s Minister of State for Migration, Refugees and Integration Annette Widmann-Mauz is coordinating the project.
The project aims to promote more in-depth and sustainable reporting on the issues of integration and migration. The e-learning platform is designed to provide a solid grounding in the current state of research on integration and migration in a way that is systematically geared towards the needs of the target audience. It aims to provide journalists with a structured introduction to the research, reporting and ethics of integration and migration coverage as well as best practices and strategies for tailoring content to the audience and pitching topics during the editorial planning process. The platform can also be used to provide ongoing training to employees in NGOs, foundations and administrations. It will work with introductory texts, best practice examples, case studies and in-depth readings, but also with videos, audio clips, role plays and quiz formats, thus offering a future-focused, interactive learning experience. The service is set to go live in late 2021.
New concept in training and further education
Last but not least, the project aims to close a blatant gap in journalistic training and further education. Although the topic of migration has dominated the media and public discourse for years, there is still no systematic training concept for journalists, who are often faced with major ethical challenges when reporting on migration and integration. “We offer an up-to-date, structured and digital solution for journalistic training in German-speaking countries – which is taking place under radically different conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” explained Prof. Susanne Fengler, Academic and Managing Director of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism.
The Erich Brost Institute has been an international leader in research and training on migration reporting for years. A UNESCO media and migration handbook for journalistic institutes around the world is currently in the pipeline. The Mediendienst Integration (MDI) online platform has been providing journalists with information on the topics of migration, integration and asylum in Germany since 2012. MDI is bringing its many years of expertise in the field of integration to the project.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.