Last call: Online School for Journalists and Media Practitioners open for applications

Early and mid-career journalists and other stakeholders in the news industry are invited to apply for the 9th edition of the annual School for Journalists and Media Practitioners organized by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom (CMPF), at the European University Institute.

It is a 5-week online programme from October, 19th to November, 20th 2020.

This year’s theme: Media facing the pandemic.

Deadline for applications: 30th September 2020.


Why should you apply?

As the organizers point out, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted more than ever the significance of professional journalism and quality reporting in our contemporary societies.

In the race against the rising phenomena of infodemics, the role of journalists and their accurate and profound coverage are more important than ever.

The financial difficulties and the constant attacks on the freedom of expression are challenges that journalists have to face today.

In this 9th edition of the annual CMPF Online School for Journalists and Media Practitioners – COVID-19 online edition, a series of distinguished experts will tackle these issues focusing on investigative journalism, media market challenges, socio-political topics and media practices for reporting.


About the courses

The CMPF Online School will last 5 weeks, with a 2-hour weekly course, in two different days. It is structured around keynote presentations by experts and follow-up interactive sessions as well as by a series of webinars by leading personalities.

This 2020 edition will include the following topics:

  • Freedom of expression, freedom of the media and COVID-19 in the European Union and beyond
  • Media market sustainability and alternative business models revenues after COVID-19
  • Investigative journalism and COVID-19
  • Alternative and accessible technologies to fight disinformation and to sustain ethical journalism
  • Practice day – Data journalism for COVID-19

How to apply

Participants from EU member states, candidates or neighbouring countries as well as from the rest of the world are welcome to apply. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information provided in the application form.

The application form can be accessed here, upon creating an account on the CMPF platform.


Scholarships & awards

The organises will grant 25 scholarships that cover the participation fee. The scholarships are available for outstanding candidates from EU member states, accession and neighbouring countries by application only. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions. The fee is 300 euros and includes tuition and course materials.

Those who complete the training course will receive a certificate. There is also an award. The organisers offer up to 1000 euro to three transnational investigation projects among participants, resulting from discussion and interaction during the Online School. 

The CMPF Online School courses will be held in English.