You have to be informed in order to be alive!
These were the beliefs of Erich Brost (1905-1995), one of the most reknowned journalists and at the same time one of the most successful publishers in post-war Germany. By founding the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in Dortmund in 1991, Erich Brost also enunciated the core idea guiding the institute:
„May the institute help create an independent journalism in Europe through its scientific and educational work and hence foster peace among nations.“
According to Erich Brost’s legacy, the Erich Brost Institute today focuses on three areas:
- Research: The Erich Brost Institute initiates comparative research projects and publications dealing with international journalism cultures and media systems, innovations in international journalism and intercultural communication processes, with a special focus on Europe.
- Networks: The Erich Brost Institute provides a platform for exchanging ideas on international journalism by creating a worldwide network of scientists and practicioners. To keep track on the various perspectives in the field, the institute organizes conferences and presentations, invites visiting professors and participates in international projects.
- Journalism education: The Erich Brost Institute provides journalism students at Dortmund University with an international perspective by offering seminars in international media systems and journalism cultures, field trips abroad, and by inviting international guests. Furthermore, the Erich Brost Institute is also actively involved in the education of international journalists in developing countries and societies in transformation as a counselor on curriculum development and with research activities.