"Medienbotschafter China – Deutschland“ is a journalist exchange program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in cooperation with the International Media Center and Tsinghua University in Beijing. It aims at winning over journalists for the task of fostering international understanding between China and Germany. In addition the program promotes a global democratic dialogue and targets to strengthen independent quality reporting. Sixteen fellowships are awarded annually to Chinese and German journalists. Journalists from China are invited to take part in a three month work and study stay in Germany, while the German fellows are sent to China for the duration of also three months to do the same. All fellows receive a monthly stipend of 1.350 Euros. The travel costs between China and Germany are also covered by the program. The Chinese fellows receive a one month training course at the International Media Center (IMC) – powered by the Chair in Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg.
Training in Hamburg and Beijing
In the courses at the International Media Center (IMC) the fellows learn about the German media system, its media landscape and political, economic and cultural life alongside workshops, where they discuss and practice the full range of journalistic formats. The course is followed by a two month internship in leading print-, online-, radio- or TV- editorial offices. The German fellows first take part in a one month course at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where they receive important political, economic, historical, cultural and societal background information on China. Afterwards, the German fellows work for two months in an English- or German-speaking editorial office of major Chinese media. An internship within a Chinese-speaking editorial office is also possible if the adequate language requirements are met by the applicant. The internship in a German or Chinese editorial office allows the journalists to get an insight into the respective system and the processes of the media in each country. The program, both in Germany and China, also includes meetings, discussions and forums with people that take part in the political, journalistic, economic and social life.