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Teaching and research

The Leipzig School of Media sup­ports specialists and senior staff from the fields of journalism, …

Villa Ida

Media Foundation

The “fourth power” is a term used in democratically constituted societies to refer to the …

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"Unbreakable and persevering"

Austrian TV presenter Armin Wolf as well as German journalists Arndt Ginzel and Gerald Gerber …

For the freedom and future of the media

Media Foundation
of Sparkasse Leipzig

To serve in the public interest – this obligation is anchored in the general mission of all branches of the German Sparkasse banking group. Each of the Sparkasse branches, as a financial partner and promoter, supports individuals and businesses in its vicinity in their everyday activities. It assists non-profit-making societies and institutions, athletes, artists and musicians, helps with their financial commitments to environmental-protection activities and in the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, and supports cultural events and social projects. Sparkasse branches frequently choose the form of a foundation as a means of pursuing their commitments. There are, for example, over 700 Sparkasse foundations in Germany.

Serving the public interest - that is also the idea behind the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. Founded on the 175th anniversary year of Sparkasse Leipzig, the Media Foundation pursues three guiding principles. The first of these is to uphold the tradition of the city of Leipzig as a media and communications location, as a city of print and of books – where Germany’s first daily newspaper was published, after all. Leipzig is seen as eastern Germany’s most important media location. Secondly, the foundation will support media-makers of all sorts in their work and in their commitment. And thirdly, the memory of the “Peaceful Revolution” in the October 1989 - and its importance for freedom of opinions and press  diversity - should be preserved.

Serving the public interest is something that the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig achieves by way of initiation, promotion and support of a wide variety of local, regional, national and European projects and institutions. Whether for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom or the first German Media Court of Arbitration, for the DOK Film Festival Leipzig or the award of the Erich Loest Prize, for the Leipzig School of Media or for the initiation of the Günter Eich and Axel Eggebrecht Prize, or for the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research or the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media; the work of the Media Foundation is repeatedly directed at highlighting the value of press and media freedom for free and democratic societies and enhancing public awareness of this. Without independent media there is no individual freedom, and no protection against state despotism and repression. And without individual freedom the public interest cannot unfold.

News from all foundations

The attempt to tame nature

Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler win the "Next Masters Competition" 2019 and the "Golden Dove" of the Media Foundation at …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Nov. 2, 2019

"Unbreakable and persevering"

Austrian TV presenter Armin Wolf as well as German journalists Arndt Ginzel and Gerald Gerber have been awarded the Leipzig …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Oct. 8, 2019

The ears of the Stasi

Günter Eich Prize laureates Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit with two radio plays at the Leipziger Hörspielsommer 2019 Leipzig, 9 …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | July 9, 2019

Günter Eich Prize Award Ceremony & Summer Party 2019

Impressions On 25 June 2019, the award ceremony of Günter Eich Prize and the Summer Party of Media Foundation of …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 27, 2019

Prize for "independent journalism with the gloves off"

Austrian TV presenter Armin Wolf and the German journalists Arndt Ginzel and Gerald Gerber receive the "Prize for the Freedom …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 25, 2019

"One of the most beautiful names to adorn yourself with"

Media Foundation awards the Günter Eich Prize 2019 to radio play duo Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit Leipzig, 25 June …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 25, 2019

"Liberation from the straightjacket of literature constraints"

Andreas Ammer and FM Einheit receive the Günter Eich Prize 2019 for their contributions to the German-language radio play Leipzig, …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | March 5, 2019

"A strong sign against anti-Semitism"

Hans Joachim Schädlich honoured with Erich Loest Prize 2019 Leipzig, February 24, 2019. Today, Sunday, 24 February 2019, Hans Joachim …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Feb. 24, 2019

"Invitation to think for yourself" as a literary agenda

Media Foundation's Erich Loest Prize 2019 goes to Hans Joachim Schädlich Leipzig, 10 January 2019. Hans Joachim Schädlich is this …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 10, 2019

"Unclear signals and indecision are as much a threat to peace as excessive aggression."

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War I: Historian Christopher Clark, guest of the Sparkassenstiftungen Leipzig, …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Nov. 7, 2018