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Medienhaus Wien is a private organisation that focuses on research and further education. It works towards enhancing professionalism and quality management in the media.

Partners Andy Kaltenbrunner, Matthias Karmasin, Alfred J. Noll and Astrid Zimmermann work with the Medienhaus Wien team in the fields of:


We conduct hands-on research on current and future issues in the fields of media and journalism in Austria and worldwide.

Our fields of interest are journalism, newsroom convergence, media ethics, international comparative media research, film/cinema studies, science communication (including science journalism) and media politics. Medienhaus Wien participated in the EU founded RP7 project "MediaAcT" investigating Media Accountability in Europe. For Austria, since 2007, we presented the general surveys on journalism and its development.

Development and Training

Medienhaus Wien has created many new educational concepts, curricula and developmental strategies for journalists and media managers – e.g. the Executive Master’s program in International Media Innovation Management (IMIM), the curriculum for Viennas first academic BA ad MA programmes for journalists at Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft (FHW) and for media producers at Fachhochschule des BFI (both: Vienna). From 2010 - 2011 the Medienhaus team developed the concept for a new training association for media professionals, Austria´s today leading journalism academy "fjum - Forum Journalismus und Medien" .

Our data-base gives an overview about more than 200 educational programmes for journalists in German speaking countries.

Consulting and international Cooperation

Our international studies, papers, and workshops boost quality development in media clusters, policies, firms, and institutions.

For our studies and training programmes, we collaborate with a network of international experts in the fields of science, education, and media. These experts come from institutions like the University of Elche (Spain), the University of Eichstätt (Germany), the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg (Florida, USA), the City University New York (CUNY), TU Dortmund and many more.


In Austria we closely cooperate in research projects and conferences with the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC) of the Academy of Sciences. The FWF-funded project "Journalism in Transition" since 2017 investigates changes in the profession and a general survey of Austrian journalists. A full set of new data will be presented in 2020.

This scientific work features practical topics. Our publication series “Journalists’ Reports” raises the bar in Austrian journalism research, and the empirical data collected have been frequently quoted and used in international research. "Journalism Report V: Innovation and Transition" has been presented together with the Global Editors Network (GEN) in 2017 at its annual summit in Vienna.


From 2010 to 2014, the Hedy Lamarr Lectures (a Medienhaus Wien series focused on social studies) has featured many guest speakers, such as Pippa Norris, Saskia Sassen, Phil Meyer, Sree Sreenivasan, Eric Kandel, Miriam Meckel, Karl-Heinz Brandenburg and Kurt Imhof.

Our international "Journalism 2020" conferences brought together international media experts and scholars discussing the future of journalism, e.g. Alan Rusbridger, Wolfgang Blau, Phil Meyer, Sylvia Egli von Matt, Nic Newman, Klaus Meier, José Garcia Avilés.

When journalism, also in Austria, is under economic and political pressure Medienhaus Wien organizes itself as an international network of scholars and practicioners supporting freedom of the press and pluralism of public debate.