“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
Dortmund, Germany

Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer his knowledge to those who might appreciate his experience.

“When I got the chance to become a media trainer and give workshops as a second job, it felt like two worlds merging: my professional creative and productive urge on the one hand – and my purpose to teach and educate future journalists and interested citizens on the other,” Malter shares with us. “I can combine both talents in my wonderful current job.”

These days, in addition to his lecturing duties, Malter is the chief editor of NRWision, a learning channel in Germany.

“Our TV learning channel is a modern project that only works because of digital technology,” says Malter. “Not only is our video production based on a digital workflow – from filming to editing and publishing – our whole editorial office uses several software tools, mainly Windows 10 and Microsoft Office, to save time, money and nerves. We teach our journalism students to communicate via Outlook, to organize and share their editorial work with the help of OneNote, and to manage our TV program by using InfoPath. That’s how 21st century journalists need to work!”

Malter is eager to share his experience as broadly as possible. After several years of experience with OneNote, he also wrote and published two guide books especially for teachers, educators and journalists who want to go digital. “Another exciting way to empower people to achieve more,” Malter notes.

And as a working journalist and lecturer, Malter has had a first-row seat to the changing world of digital media.

“Traditional media is still around, but is desperately trying to find its place in the online world,” Malter says. “Platforms like YouTube or Facebook offer an unlimited amount of content, but suffer from bad quality and a lack of trust. Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges. In our TV learning channel, we teach our students how to deal with this big change. We want them to embrace the possibilities of digital technology and learn how to create interesting multimedia content in a creative way. I am convinced that we need to be ready for life-long learning. Especially young journalists have to learn how the online world works and how it changes the way journalists think, work and communicate – even with their audience.”

You can connect with Malter on his Microsoft Educator Community profile.

About Stefan Malter

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