Prof. em. Dr Michael Haller, Chairman

Until his retirement in the fall of 2010, Michael Haller was Professor of General and Specialised Journalism Studies at the University of Leipzig. Following studies in philosophy, social and political sciences at Freiburg and Basel, he worked as editor at SPIEGEL and department manager at ZEIT. As Scientific Director of the Institute for Practical Journalism and Communications Research, he heads the Quality Assurance in Journalism section. He is co-editor of MESSAGE, the International Journal for Journalism.


Martin Hoffmann, Vice Chairman

Martin Hoffmann’s Ph.D thesis investigates the contradiction of independence and control of public- service broadcasters in Europe. Martin Hoffmann studied Political Sciences and Cultural Studies at the European University Frankfurt/Oder and in Iasi/Romania and Journalism in Leipzig (M.A.).

He also works as an editor for the daily news magazine “mittagsmagazin” broadcasted by Second German Television (ZDF) in Mainz. Besides his TV-journalistic work for ZDF, he worked for MDR (First-German-TV-Network) and he proofread two scientific books.


Stephan Seeger, Executive Chairman

Stephan Seeger is Director of the Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig and manages the finances of the Media Foundation, the Cultural and Environmental Foundation of the Leipziger Land and the Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig for the Rural District of Torgau/Oschatz as member of the respective management boards. Before working at Sparkasse, he was press officer for the District President of Leipzig from 1993 to 1998. Seeger studied Modern History, Historical Ancillary Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen.

Tel.: 0341-562 96 61
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Prof. Dr Manfred Kirchgeorg

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kirchgeorg studied at the Westphalian Wilhelm University of Münster until 1985. Diplom-Kaufmann Kirchgeorg continued his studies in Münster, where he earned his doctorate in 1989 and his habilitation in 1998. In 1998 Kirchgeorg assumed the Chair for Marketing Management at the Handelshochschule Leipzig. Since 1990 he has been a visiting scholar at numerous research institutes in the US, Canada, China, Singapore, Brazil and various European countries.

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Prof. Dr Gerhard Heyer

Born in 1955, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer studied Mathematical Logic and Linguistics at the Universities of Cambridge and Bochum. Prof. Heyer has been Professor for Automated Language Processing at the Institute for Information Science at the University of Leipzig since April 1994. His work encompasses data, processes and applications for automated semantic analysis and representations of texts.

Tel.: 0341-97 32231
Fax: 0341-97 32299