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Systematic Train­ing Concept for Journalists

Learn­ing Platform for Reporting on Mi­gra­tion to Start in Late 2021

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Portrait von Frau Prof. Susanne Fengler © Roland Baege​/​TU Dort­mund
Prof. Susanne Fengler is developing the e-learning platform with the Erich Brost In­sti­tute.

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 – Mi­gra­tionIn­te­gra­ti­on” 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.

Contact for further in­for­mation:

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Location & approach

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”.

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