#journalistenschule 2018

On May 3, 2018, the official World Press Freedom Day,  my alma mater, the Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS) in Munich (Germany), conducted the wonderful project #journalistenschule: In times of so-called „Fake News“, alleged „Lügenpresse“ („lying press“), internet hoaxes and conspiracy theories the idea came up that current and former students of the German journalism school should visit any high school in Germany, their own former school or another, and talk with students and teachers about their profession. Altogether at over 100 high schools all over Germany we met over 7600 students and discussed with them ethical standards, possible mistakes and the crisis of the credibility of journalism in times of mainstream and social media.

Students of the politics course of the Theodor-Heuss-Gymansium and me discussing the currents threats of democracy, free press and quality journalism

Albeit journalism is not anymore my main profession since several years, I of course still believe strongly in the necessity of quality media and a free press for any democracy.