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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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Press release 3 November, 2018: The power of the cinema

Two Next Masters honored at DOK Leipzig for the first time with prizes from the ...

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Press release 8 October, 2018: "We stand by the side of our friends in Poland"

Polish investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek honoured in Leipzig with the Prize for the Freedom and ...

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

Press release 3 November, 2018: The power of the cinema

Two Next Masters honored at DOK Leipzig for the first time with prizes from the Media Foundation Leipzig, 3 November ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Nov. 3, 2018

Press release 8 October, 2018: "We stand by the side of our friends in Poland"

Polish investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek honoured in Leipzig with the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2018 ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Oct. 8, 2018

Award ceremony of Axel Eggebrecht Prize and Summer Reception 2018

Impressions

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 29, 2018

Press release 27 June, 2018: Leipzig Media Prize goes to a critical observer of change in Poland

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig honours Polish investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek with the "Prize for the Freedom and Future of ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 27, 2018

Press release 19 June, 2018: Tribute to a journalist who has influenced the style of an entire genre

Awarding of the Axel Eggebrecht Prize 2018 to radio feature journalist Alfred Koch Leipzig, 19 June 2018. On 26 June ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 19, 2018

New Competition for Emerging Talents at DOK Leipzig 2018

DOK Leipzig is getting a new competition this year The Next Masters category is being expanded and will now, starting ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | May 23, 2018

Press release 19 February, 2018: Leipzig Media Prize Winners: Joy over release of Deniz Yücel - Concern for Ahmet Altan

Leipzig, 19 February, 2018. The release of the German-Turkish journalist and winner of the "Prize for the Freedom and Future ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Feb. 19, 2018

Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2018: Nomination period ends on 28 February

With its Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig has been honoring ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Feb. 8, 2018

Press release 23 January, 2018: "An alternative to today's takeaway information culture"

Axel Eggebrecht Prize 2018 for radio feature journalists goes to Alfred Koch. Leipzig, 23 January 2018. The Sparkasse Leipzig Media ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 23, 2018

Press release 4 November, 2017: Portrait of the lonely people

Boram Kim wins DOK Leipzig’s Next Masters competition 2017 and the Media Foundation’s Golden Dove Leipzig, 4 November 2017. The ...

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Nov. 4, 2017