Pia Fruth is on the academic staff of the chair of Professor Jürg Häusermann (focus on media analysis and media production).
Experiencing, analysing, researching, preparing and relaying are the core competencies of any good journalist – and any good scientist. What links the two is a curiosity about new things, as the journalists put it, and a thirst for knowledge, as the scientists call it. That is why Pia Fruth has been an enthusiastic radio journalist since the late 90s, chairing panel discussions and writing theatre reviews. And that is why, for some time now, she has also been applying the same enthusiasm to sharing the many and exciting aspects of radio with her media students. She is particularly interested in the human voice; its effects and nuances, and its role as one of the most unmistakeable characteristics of a human being.
Pia Fruth studied Rhetoric, Spanish and French at the University of Tübingen and joined the private radio station Neckar-Alb-Radio in Reutlingen as an intern after graduating. Her radio report “Der Borkenkäfer” (The Bark Beetle) was about the damage caused by a hurricane. It won her the 2001 Regional Media Award.
Although she worked at and completed internships in various daily newspapers and magazines during her studies, she remains loyal to radio to this day. Since 2003 she has been on the permanent freelance staff of the SWR, at Studio Tübingen on the Österberg. Her feature “Off to India” won her the Mittelstand Media Award in 2007. In various practical projects she is also working on media education by radio and sound in general.
In the summer semester of 2011 she joined the Institute of Media studies as academic staff and is now member of the institute's management.