The New JKU “Kepler Tribune”: Bringing Knowledge to the People

Die Johannes Kepler University is bringing knowledge to the people: the new “Kepler Tribune” made its debut at a recent ceremony on campus.

[Translate to Englisch:] V.l.: JKU-Rektor Meinhard Lukas, ORF-Anchorman Tarek Leitner, JKU-Professorin Martina Mara und Landeshauptmann Thomas Stelzer

In large Nordic format, the Kepler Tribune will report regularly about findings in science and academia and in which areas the JKU is actively involved in.  The Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten is the media partner.

For over 50 years, the Kepler University has been on the forefront of cutting-edge research and education, providing society with the latest scientific findings. JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas explained, “We literally want to make science even more tangible. In these times of encompassing digitalization in particular we are consciously following an analogue path to provide information about current developments in law, business, social fields, medicine, natural sciences and engineering in a printed newspaper format.”

From AI and Head Transplants to Nobel Prizes
A world class editorial team consisting of high-level faculty members at the JKU and leading journalists in Austria and abroad focus on topics such as artificial intelligence, discussing head transplantations, the history of the doctoral cap, and Nobel laureate Klaus von Kitzling. Heribert Prantl, a member of the board of editors for the “Süddeutschen Zeitung” submitted a commentary titled “Vom Populismus zum Extremismus”, and “Falter” editor Armin Thurnher writes about “Die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung der Universitäten”.

As part of the Tribune’s debut, the Kepler University also held a roundtable discussion to talk about the expectations of an academic and scientific newspaper. Keynote speaker Tarek Leitner, ORF anchorman, held a presentation titled “Objektivität bei der Wissensvermittlung”. OÖN correspondent Christoph Kotanko spoke about “Qualitätsjournalismus im digitalen Zeitalter”. Distinguished members of academia, from the business community, the local government, and society were among the invited guests.

Reactions to the New Publication
Governor Thomas Stelzer: “Printed material is more sustainable.  One can debate and examine the issues more closely.”

Deputy Governor Michael Strugl: “The Johannes Kepler University is a driving force. Once has to see it, know it, and experience it.”

Christoph Kotanko: “We need professionals who can take responsibility and provide the truth.”