About us

The European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC) sees itself in the tradition of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. At that time, freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as independent journalism were key demands of hundreds of thousands of protesters in Leipzig. Today these freedoms are some of the non-negotiable, fundamental values of democratic European societies.

The European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research was developed as Institute of Practical Journalism and Communication Research (IPJ) by the Chair for Journalism Studies at the University of Leipzig, Professor Michael Haller on suggestion of Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. It was founded in early 2003 as a cooperative project of Leipzig University and Media Foundation, financially supported by Sparkasse Insurance of Saxony.

In this regard, the members of the institute are united in their conviction that researching social information structures and communication processes has a highly important role to play. Under the impression of an increasing threat on Media Freedom in Europe the scope of the institute was extended in 2014.

Since then, the work of the institute is intended to focus in particular on the research field “Media and Journalism in Europe”, and as such contribute to strengthening media freedom and independence in journalism. With theory-oriented and empirical studies as well as practical projects, the institute contributes to throwing light on problem areas, the development of solutions to problems as well as to international discourse.

Today the institute collaborates in a Ph.D. research program with partners such as the University of Ghent/Belgium, the University of Westminster/United Kingdom, the Leipzig Graduate School of Management and University of Leipzig. Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig provides the infrastructure at its current seat and also financial support through Ph.D. stipends to the EIJC.

The Institute’s Board

  • Professor emeritus Michael Haller, Academic Director
  • Martin Hoffmann, Deputy Academic Director
  • Stephan Seeger, Executive Director

Reorientation in content and staff

In 2014 the non-profit association IPJ has extended the scope and changed its name into European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC). Since 2016  ProfessorMichael Haller is the Institute’s Academic Director, Martin Hoffmann, media scientist and journalist, is his deputy. Stephan Seeger is the Executive Director.

The new wording of the preamble to the statutes of the association outlines this realignment:

“The European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research (EIJC) sees itself in the tradition of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. At that time, freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as independent journalism were key demands of hundreds of thousands of protesters in Leipzig. Today these freedoms are some of the non-negotiable, fundamental values of democratic European societies, yet they constantly require defence. In this regard, the members of the association are united in their conviction that researching social information structures and communication processes has a highly important role to play. The work of the institute is intended to focus in particular on the research field “Media and Journalism in Europe”, and as such contribute to strengthening media freedom and independence in journalism. With theory-oriented and empirical studies as well as practical projects, the institute contributes to throwing light on problem areas, the development of solutions to problems as well as to international discourse.”