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The virtual editorial office

J.O.E. for short – is a new approach to the training of journalists. Our aim is to enhance teaching by utilising the new media. In a three-year research project (2002-2005), scienceintermedia developed a comprehensive e-learning environment for the International Degree Course in Specialist Journalism – a virtual editorial office, an online training package, specially geared towards the special requirements of journalistic training.

Designed like a journalist’s workplace, the virtual editorial office is at the same time a personal work platform and a learning environment. This means that students have access to numerous journalistic and organisational tools in the form of links, databases and online services, as well as tools which will facilitate their study and work organisation. From any particular practical application, users are guided via an easy navigational system to relevant teaching modules such as on research methods, media law, media history or politics, with links to any other relevant topic areas.
Students can try out what they have learned under controlled conditions in simulations and exercises. Normal journalistic work can thus be simulated and taught realistically in an open-ended way. The virtual editorial office provides students with a framework for collaborative learning in a peer-to-peer network, where students can help each other with their own learning hints, links and other materials, feeding them into the system and making them accessible for everyone.

International Portal for Studying and Practising Journalism

The main aim of setting up an international portal for studying and practising journalism is to make the insights gained from the study of journalism more accessible to others and to extend the links between theory and practice on an international scale. The objective is to establish a platform for journalists, academics and interested parties, providing access to a wide variety of information and enabling intra- and interdisciplinary communication. We wish to set up a network of expertise in collaboration with academics and experts from the field, in which the partner institutes can present the results of their work and their projects. There will be databases on all matters concerning the media. The institutes will share the work of editing the portal. Registered users can access the virtual editorial office via this portal.

One of the main objectives of J.O.E. is to create a sustainable framework to assist the implementation of new media in teaching. The link between online learning and class attendance is stronger than in other e-learning projects, as students are also involved in the content development stage. As authors, students help to expand online modules in class groups, compiling, for example, glossaries, databases, simulation scenarios and text material for online teaching purposes. System development and module content are both determined by the wish to provide a sustainable structure.


WISCHER, Benjamin: “Fachspezifische Anforderungen studienbegleitender Onlineangebote” Vortrag im Rahmen der Tagung „Lehren und Lernen mit neuen Medien in der Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. Ilmenau 2003

WISCHER, Benjamin: “Lust auf Lernen? – Über neue Wege und Unwägbarkeiten in der Journalistensausbildung” in: THIMM, Caja (Hrsg.): “Netz-Bildung – Lehren und Lernen mit neuen Medien in Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft. Bonner Beiträge zur Medienwissenschaft Bd.5” Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt 2005

WISCHER, Benjamin: “Blühende Lernwelten” in: LEHMANN, Kai/SCHETSCHE, Michael (Hrsg.): “Die Google-Gesellschaft. Vom digitalen Wandel des Wissens” Transcript Verlag. Bielefeld 2005

WISCHER, Benjamin: „Neue Vermittlungsstrategien für Forschung und Lehre.“ Vortrag im Rahmen der Tagung „e-culture-Trends“. Bremen 2006