Scientific Journalism at the TU Dortmund
Since 2003, the TU Dortmund has offered a student program for science journalists. Prof. Holger Wormer is chair of this only study program in germany. In 2007, the Bachelor's program was extended by a master's degree course. Since 2014 there has been the possibility to place the focus on the study on data journalism - an interdisciplinary offer in cooperation with the statistics and informatics department courses at the TU Dortmund.
Science Media Center Germany
The Science Media Center (SMC) supports journalists in the daily reporting with orientation knowledge from scientific experts, when science hits the headlines. The non-profit SMC headquartered in Cologne was founded in 2015. In addition to various offers for journalists, the SMC operates the SMC Lab where programming experts develops software and services for the editorial team and for the wider journalistic community. The chief editor of the SMC is the science journalist Volker Stollorz.
Science Press Conference (WPK)
Founded in 1986, the Wissenschafts-Pressekonferenz (WPK) is Germany's largest professional association of science journalists and based in Cologne. It has established itself with initiatives for quality in science journalism and strives for an independent and critical dialogue between the public, politics and science. Together with the TU Dortmund, the WPK is responsible for the planning of the annual conference Wissenswerte. The WPK has significantly promoted the founding of the SMC Germany and is a SMC co-shareholder.
The Volkswagen Foundation supports science and technology in research and teaching. It enables research projects in future-oriented areas and helps scientific institutions to improve the structural prerequisites for their work. The Foundation also places special emphasis on young academics and on the cooperation of researchers, beyond scientific, cultural and state boundaries.
The foundation Vor Ort NRW
Under the patronage of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW (LfM), NRW has been committed to the improvement of the basic conditions for demanding local journalism in North Rhine-Westphalia since its founding in 2015. The foundation links the media, politics, associations and educational institutions, supports further training and supports innovative local journalistic formats.