About us

The European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC) sees itself in the tradition of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. At that time, freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as independent journalism were key demands of hundreds of thousands of protesters in Leipzig. Today these freedoms are some of the non-negotiable, fundamental values of democratic European societies. In this regard, the members of the institute are united in their conviction that researching social information structures and communication processes has a highly important role to play. The work of the institute is intended to focus in particular on the research field “Media and Journalism in Europe”, and as such contribute to strengthening media freedom and independence in journalism. With theory-oriented and empirical studies as well as practical projects, the institute contributes to throwing light on problem areas, the development of solutions to problems as well as to international discourse.

The range of research has expanded in the years since its founding in 2003. Several books have been published. Today the institute colaborates in an Ph.D. research programm with partners like the University of Ghent/Belgium, the University of Westminster/United Kingdom, the Leipzig Graduate School of Management and University of Leipzig. The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig provides the EIJC infrastructure at its current location and also financial support through Ph.D. stipends.

The Institute was developed by the Chair for Journalism Studies at the University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Michael Haller. It was founded in early 2003 as a cooperative project of the University Leipzig and the Media Foundation, financially supported by Sparkasse Insurance of Saxony.

The Institute’s Board

 

 

Focusing on Europa and Change of Direction and Management

The general assembly of the Institute of Practical Journalism and Communication Research (IPJ) has unanimously adopted its new articles of association and elected a new board. In future, the non-profit association will be known by a new name: the “European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC).” Prof. Michael Haller was appointed. Stephan Seeger is Managing Director.

The new wording of the preamble to the articles of association outlines this realignment: “The European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC) sees itself in the tradition of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. At that time, freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as independent journalism were key demands of hundreds of thousands of protesters in Leipzig. Today these freedoms are some of the non-negotiable, fundamental values of democratic European societies, yet they constantly require defence. In this regard, the members of the association are united in their conviction that researching social information structures and communication processes has a highly important role to play. The work of the institute is intended to focus in particular on the research field “Media and Journalism in Europe”, and as such contribute to strengthening media freedom and independence in journalism. With theory-oriented and empirical studies as well as practical projects, the institute contributes to throwing light on problem areas, the development of solutions to problems as well as to international discourse.”

Michael Haller, the institute’s Academic Director, said:

“The institute was set up to research the conditions which make independent journalism possible. It is therefore only natural that we are now using the knowledge we have acquired to contribute to strengthening media freedom and independent journalism in Europe.”

 

 Stephan Seeger, Member of the Board and Director of the Foundations of the Sparkasse Leipzig, said:

“The institute’s realignment will strengthen Leipzig as a media hub and represent a fitting complement to the international work of the Media Foundation. The Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig will continue to be as reliable a partner to the EIJC as it has been to the IPJ for more than a decade now.”