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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.[1]


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.[1] Since 2007, the post has been held by Andreas Wolfers [de].[2]

In 2020, Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) published a copy of the Bahamas corporate registry. DDoSecrets partnered with European Investigative Collaborations and the Henri-Nannen-Schule journalism school to create the Tax Evader Radar, a project to review the dataset of almost one million documents.[3] The project exposed the offshore holdings of prominent Germans,[4] the tax activities of ExxonMobil,[5] as well as offshore business entities belonging to the DeVos and Prince families.[6]


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 and award winning journalists with varying specialities – including politics, arts and culture, religion, science, education, business and economics, investigative reporting, national and international affairs.[1][2]


Every 18 months, the Henri-Nannen-Schule selects 18 in a two-phase-procedure.[7] The applicants minimum qualifications are the command of the German language, both spoken and written; the former age limit of 27 no longer exists. 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.[1]

Prominent Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bardey, Anja (May 2007). "Journalism in Germany – Journalistic Training". Goethe-Institut. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Schule: Kleine Crew an Bord". Henri-Nannen-Schule. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Tax Evader Radar". European Investigative Collaborations. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ Klatten, Susanne; Quandt, Stefan; Seeler, Uwe (22 May 2020). "Die geheimen Firmen deutscher Prominenter auf den Bahamas" [The secret companies of German celebrities in the Bahamas]. Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  5. ^ Ramírez, Begoña P. (22 May 2020). "Exxonmobil utilizó España durante años para transferir beneficios de Luxemburgo a Delaware sin pagar ni un euro en impuestos" [Exxonmobil used Spain for years to transfer profits from Luxembourg to Delaware without paying a single euro in taxes]. InfoLibre (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  6. ^ Feidt, Dan; Xaba, Dingane (18 July 2020). "Leaks Expose Conservative Movement Funders Prince and DeVos Family Offshore Money". Unicorn Riot. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Bewerben". Henri-Nannen-Schule (in German). Retrieved 20 July 2021.

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