Sixth EU Framework
Programme - Priority 7

The investigation project

Methods of journalistic and scientific research were the main focus of a class taking place at the Erich-Brost-Institute during the academic year 2004/2005.

In close co-operation with the AIM researchers, the participating journalism students of the University of Dortmund first acquainted themselves with the research field "European Public Sphere".

After gaining a critical insight into common methods of investigation, the students developed their own research approach. For example, they conducted a pretest for the AIM First Field Study and questioned EU-journalists working for regional media around Dortmund.

An excursion to Brussels offered the opportunity to visit EU institutions and to discuss different topics with EU officials - for example the Commission's new communication strategy. At the end of the "investigation" project, the students conducted some of the interviews for the AIM project's First Field Study.

The seminar participants visited EU institutions in Brussels.