Freedom of the media, freedom of expression and independent journalism are key values and ideals of democratic societies. In this respect, the members of the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC) are united in their conviction that research into 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 research into “Media and Journalism in Europe”, and as such it contributes to strengthening media freedom; independence, ethics and quality in journalism. It is essential to analyse these interdisciplinary fields and to do so in cooperation with international partners. With theory-oriented and empirical studies as well as practical projects, the institute sheds light on problem areas, develops solutions to problems and contributes to international discourse.
For its Ph.D. programme the institute has developed collaborations with the University of Westminster, UK; University of Ghent, Belgium; and the Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany. Together, we provide excellent academic training, embracing various perspectives and methodical approaches, and we give numerous possibilities for students to gain academic and intercultural experience and contacts.
In collaboration with its partners EIJC additionally organises and hosts international conferences where participants from Europe and around the globe meet.
EIJC publishes a book series, which sets out an analytical approach to the topics mentioned above.
The following pages give an overview of the activities and studies at EIJC.