Who WE are
This course unit will give you an introduction to the German media system. It is part of a series of online lectures on media systems in the Arab World and Europe. These are produced by the leading media studies institutes in the respective country brought together by AREACORE, the Arab European Association of media and communication researchers.
This session on the German media system has been produced on behalf of the institute for media and communication studies at Freie Universität Berlin. With 9 professors and 1300 Students on undergraduate, master and doctoral studies level it is one of the biggest institutes in Germany and features the expertise to tell you more about the German media system.
Student questions: What questions do you have about the German media system?
Q1: Is the number of audience high for TV, newspapers, radio, and online comparatively?
Q2: I have a small question about press freedom. How is it protected and something about it?
Q3: So I have a question about the foreign media ownership. I would assume that after the fall of the wall, are there changes in foreign media ownership in Germany. And if there is so, what are the main key players and stakeholders?
Structure of the lesson
We hope to answer some of those as well as your questions by our lecture.
- First, we will give you a historical overview
- Second we will provide more general information on German society and its current challenges
- Third, you get an overview of the overall structure of the media system
- Fourth, we will tell you about the political and legal framework of the media
- Fifth, the economic context such as ownership structures are explained
- Sixth, we will give you more information about the state of journalism
- Last but not least we talk about the digital infrastructure and Internet use in Germany
You can get more information and find lectures on other countries on our website www.areacore.org.
But now: let’s get started!