Journalism Training

Every year, we offer up to 40 aspiring journalists a sound two-year training program to become editors. It is based on the following focal points


You will learn from some of the most renowned lecturers and the most experienced journalists in Germany


You gain practical experience in different editorial departments of the company


We work in small teams and support you in achieving your goals

Studium Generale

You meet celebrities from politics and society and train your interview skills

Program Content

Our training takes place in different modules. In the first year, you alternate between the academy and the editorial office, and in the second year you spend most of your time in your own chosen editorial office.

Journalistic Basics

News writing
Headline and lead story training
Seminars for analog, digital and investigative research
Comprehensive interview training (for text, audio, video, in front of and behind the camera)
Portrait and reportage workshops

Digital Journalism

Multimedia Storytelling
Mobile Reporting
Shooting, editing and production of own video contributions
Acting in front of and behind the camera, speech training
Production of platform-oriented video content
SEO and audience development

Tech in Journalism

Data Journalism
Artificial intelligence and blockchain in journalism

Main editorial office

Every two months, you will alternate between the academy and your regular editorial office. This gives you the chance to put what you’ve learned directly into practice under real editorial conditions. Right from the start, you will work closely with your future colleagues and ideally already write your first stories.


Practical relevance is the most important part of our concept. That’s why, together with your team colleagues, you’ll develop a cross-media project that is equally characterized by journalistic relevance and digital innovation – and thus get to know a completely convergent production. We call it “Masterpiece” to make the claim clear. The project work marks the end of the first ten months of your training.


You will spend most of the second year of training in your chosen main editorial office, where you can apply everything you have learned, develop routine and further deepen your knowledge. You become part of the editorial team and produce your own stories. In between, you will attend further seminars and coaching sessions at the academy on a weekly basis. 

Final trip 

Broadening horizons and constant inspiration are part of everyday life at the Axel Springer Academy – and the best comes at the end: We enable each of our teams to go on an impressive study trip to Israel. There you will meet contemporary witnesses, get to know exciting interlocutors and thus form your own, direct picture of the politics, culture, religion and economy of this fascinating country. On the last day of this unforgettable trip, you will receive your editor’s certificate in a festive ceremony.