CMPF Summer School 2013 for Journalists and Media Practitioners

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We are pleased to announce

The Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners

Florence, Italy

13-17 May 2013

The Summer School is organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), co-funded by the European Union, at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute.

Building on its successful experience, this year’s Summer School will present an opportunity to 25-30 journalists and media practitioners, mainly from Europe, to learn about the latest academic research, policy, market and professional trends in the area as well as to share their practical experiences, ideas and points of view. The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive small group discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics include:

  • Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media: Legal Perspective
  • Business Models for the Media and their Consumers
  • Investigative Journalism – Risks and Opportunities
  • New Media, New Challenges for Journalists
  • The Ethics and Dangers of Being a Journalist


Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom: The aim of the CMPF is to enhance the awareness of the importance of freedom and pluralism of the media, to contribute to its protection and promotion and to develop new ideas among academics, policy makers, regulators, market stakeholders, journalists, and all other directly involved professionals who take part in the public debate. The Centre is directed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu and its residential research team is composed of experts in the following areas: legal studies, new media policies, media markets and economics, political science and political communications.

The Centre’s activities include Research (interdisciplinary studies, conducted by the residential research team), Debate (conferences and seminars held by high-profile academics and different stakeholders), Training (workshops and annual Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners), and Dissemination of results and outcomes (publication of working papers, policy studies and reports).

Participants: the Summer School is open to journalists and other stakeholders of the media industry, e.g. publishers, network operators, content and service providers, citizens associations, and regulatory authorities, coming mainly from the EU member states. We aim at having participants from all media platforms and variety of countries. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information on the provided on the application form. Participation in the Summer School is free of charge, including local accommodation, while travel expenses to Florence will be reimbursed up to a ceiling of 400 Euro. The acceptance to the Summer School is conditional upon submitting a 2-page case study on a best/worst practice of media freedom and pluralism protection (further instructions will be given to the accepted candidates together with their conditional offer of a place on the Summer School).

All participants are expected to be present for all the 5 days of training and to contribute actively to the roundtables and small group discussions, as well as to get acquainted with the materials distributed before their arrival to the Summer School.

Presenters: academics affiliated to CMPF and renowned experts and journalists. The list with confirmed speakers will be regularly updated on this page. You can also see the list of last year’s speakers here.

Outcome: networking among participants, namely journalists; shared knowledge of common European journalistic professional rights and rules; strategies for the development of pluralism and freedom in the new media. A Certificate will be awarded to each participant successfully completing the training course.

Application deadline – 22 March 2013

Selected candidates will be contacted on 29 March 2013

Submission deadline for case studies – 12 April 2013