It is rare to find media professionals with a migrant background in the editorial offices, TV studios and corridors of power of German media companies. Even in media training courses, young people of non-German origin are clearly under-represented.
‘Neue deutsche Medienmacher’ (New German media professionals) – for more diversity in the media
Bringing about a change is the objective of, for example, Neue deutsche Medienmacher , a nationwide association of journalists and media professionals with and without a migrant background. “We would like to see more journalists, heads of department, editors-in-chief, picture editors and camera operators with a migrant background,” it says in the association’s mission statement. The association also aims to see such media professionals promoted to more senior positions such as on planning committees or supervisory bodies.
‘Talent workshop’ for young journalists from immigrant families
Another advocate for establishing a more commonplace cultural diversity within companies is the ‘Westdeutscher Rundfunk’ (WDR), a public broadcasting institution based in North-Rhine Westphalia. The WDR, the second-largest broadcaster in Europe, has set up Talentwerkstatt "WDR grenzenlos", a talent workshop specifically aimed at young journalists from immigrant families. Every year, twelve young men and women are given a four-week internship and three weeks of access to basic seminars on journalism and production. At the end of this talent workshop, the results are presented to WDR senior management.
A career in journalism?
The Heinrich-Böll-Foundation offers a scholarship for high-school graduates and students from immigrant families and/or of bi-national or bi-cultural origin looking for a career in journalism. Entitled „Medienvielfalt, anders“, the program aims to give young people with a migrant background the opportunity of a more focused career entry preparation. The program offers an internship with emphasis on hands-on skills, seminars on media politics, study trips abroad as well as networking and internships with participating media partners. You can apply any time, applications to be received by 1 March or 1 September.
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