The Henri-Nannen-Schule, formerly Hamburger Journalistenschule, is the journalist school of Europe's largest publishing house, Gruner + Jahr (Brigitte, GEO, Stern), German weekly Die Zeit and national news magazine Der Spiegel. Its seat is Hamburg and it is considered one of the best schools of journalism in Germany, along with the German School of Journalism (Deutsche Journalistenschule) in Munich.
The Henri-Nannen-Schule was founded in 1978 on initiative of the late Henri Nannen, founding editor of the German news magazine Stern. Wolf Schneider, a renowned journalist, later language style critic and author, became its first director. Since 2007, the post has been held by Andreas Wolfers.
The Henri-Nannen-Schule offers aspiring and experienced journalists a broad 18 months education encompassing magazine, newspaper, online, radio and television. Its curriculum consists of both four internships at major media outlets organised by the school (9 months) and seminars (8 months) given by experienced journalists with varying specialities – including politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and economics, investigative reporting, national and international affairs. All of them are preeminent in their fields, and many have won numerous journalism awards.
Every 18 months, the Henri-Nannen-Schule selects 18 in a two-phase-procedure. The applicants minimum qualifications are they are between the ages of 19 and 28 with command of the German language, both spoken and written. First, applicants are asked to research and write a report and a comment. The best 60 of usually 1,500 applicants are subsequently invited to turn in a personal letter and a CV. They are invited to Gruner+Jahr headquarters in Hamburg, where they research and write another report, edit news, sit a general knowledge and a picture test and pass a personal interview with a jury of preeminent editors and reporters. Tuition is free and all students receive a monthly stipend.
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- website of Henri-Nannen-Schule, in German
- Portrait of Henri-Nannen-Schule on Gruner + Jahr website, in English
- Goethe Institut on Journalism in Germany, in English
- Der Spiegel, English online edition