A lot has happened since the first MAZ basic course started in 1984: The Internet was invented, smartphones, Facebook and Twitter. And the media industry has been battered by strikes, waves of consolidation and mass redundancies. And yet, year after year, the MAZ trains journalists in the diploma course in journalism - the further development of the basic course. Young professionals who stand for self-confident, strong journalism.
"We don't do everything, but what we do, we do well. That is our promise," said Diego Yanez, Director of the MAZ, in his welcome address. In the past 35 years, he said, the MAZ has never stood still, but has constantly evolved, ventured new things and improved the tried and tested. And in doing so, it has never lost its focus and proximity to practice.
Res Strehle, President of the Foundation Board, looked to the future and formulated 3.5 wishes (analogous to the 35 years of existence) in his celebratory speech. One of these wishes was directed at editorial offices and publishers. They should not skimp on the training and further education of journalists: "And I am not saying this in my role as President of the Foundation Council of the MAZ. I am saying this as a daily reader and user of the journalistic offerings in Switzerland". Because, Strehle continues: "Attitude and knowing and following the rules of the trade are more important than ever. They distinguish journalistic content from that in the social media, from that at the regulars' table and in the Trep-penhaus".