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Career Path: Arts & Journalism

Clemens Matuschek
Humanities Perspective 2011(SoSe 11)

(Germany) “Career Path: Arts & Journalism”


ABSTRACT: According to the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, “Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures […]. Freedom of the press […] shall be guaranteed.” This means anybody has the right to call him- or herself a journalist. However, actually becoming a journalist is far more complicated. One can choose the academic path by studying journalism and communications science, or take the hands-on route through internships and traineeships, or attend a private or corporate journalism school, or combine some or all these paths, or simply take one’s chances as a freelancer.

This session sorts out the various paths of becoming a journalist, based on academic research and personal experiences. Additionally, speaker Matuschek reflect on his experience with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and how this new concert hall affects Hamburg’s music scene and music journalists.

BIO: Clemens Matuschek has been working in the field of music journalism for about ten years. As chief editor of the Elbphilharmonie Concert series related to Hamburg’s new concert hall, he is responsible for concert program notes, brochures, artist interviews and various other topics. Matuschek studied Journalism and Communication Studies as well as Musicology at the University of Hamburg and Indiana University Bloomington (USA) from which he received his MA. He won scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Rainer Horstmann Fellowship. He is currently working on a dissertation about music journalism. As a music and film critic, Matuschek worked for various German and American newspapers, such as DIE ZEIT and Hamburger Abendblatt. He has also designed front page graphics for the arts section of DIE ZEIT. He has been writing concert program notes for several German symphony orchestras, liner notes for CD booklets, and texts for a series of lectures given by Gottfried Wagner at Indiana University. He has been teaching classes on journalistic writing, online journalism, newspaper layout and web design as well as scientific methods in the field of communications research at the University of Hamburg, Hamburg Media School, and Indiana University. Since 2007 he has been teaching a class on music journalism at the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Musicology.

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