People management #170: malte g. Schmidt: media science based

Malte G. Schmidt holds a doctorate in communication science and joined the taz zahl ich team in September 2020.

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Many new colleagues who come to taz grow into their fields of work, always with great enthusiasm. It’s rare that someone brings an educational profile that matches exactly what the job offers: Malte G. Schmidt, born in Munster in 1990 and raised in the surrounding areas (Billerbeck! Coesfeld!), joined the taz zahl ich team in September, i.e., that group in the taz media house that is in special, almost intimate contact with our readers. It’s not just a matter of the necessary taz awareness, but also of sensitivity: How do you communicate with an audience that holds us in high esteem – and yet sometimes has something to complain about?

Colleague Schmidt can do just that with the greatest affability, patience and dedication. He says: "I greatly appreciate the journalism and debate culture of the taz, and I sympathize with its history. I think I can read from it how alternative journalism is doing within the institutionalized public sphere in Germany as a whole." Before the taz, he studied a lot; in the meantime, after earning his doctorate (topic: "System Trust and Journalism in Neoliberalism," to be published by Transcript this summer, at which point he will really be a Dr.), he landed in journalism.

"System Trust and Journalism in Neoliberalism."

He studied, among others, in Munster with communication scientist Bernd Blobaum, with whom he also worked centrally on the study of "Die taz und ihr Publikum". Malte G. In other words, Schmidt has an unusually well-founded idea, even in terms of media science, of what is intrinsic to people who read the taz – or, more importantly for his work, could read it.

Some colleagues have noticed him on the sixth floor of the new taz building when they drop by from their home offices: a friendly, not so shy colleague. He radiates this above all: Affection. And he says: "I can’t remember being received more warmly in a work context anywhere. I find all my colleagues to be open, approachable and extremely appreciative. Plus, it’s really nice to be able to talk about topics that really interest me over lunch – simply because many of us are dealing with the same issues."

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