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Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners 2017


We are pleased to announce the sixth edition of the annual

Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners


5-9 June 2017 - FLORENCE, ITALY


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

The EUI is a renowned international institution, hosting a community of more than 1000 academics and policy-makers from over 60 countries. It is located on picturesque hills above Florence.

Building on its successful experience of previous years, this year’s Summer School will offer the opportunity to around 25 journalists and media practitioners to learn about the latest policy, market and professional trends in the area as well as to share their experiences, ideas and points of view. The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive sessions.

Topics include:

  • Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media: Legal Perspectives
  • Media Economy, Journalism and Pluralism
  • Fake News and Media Literacy
  • Practice Day: Fact-checking tools, services and initiatives; Social media verification; Data journalism
  • Self-regulation and Ethics


The Summer School is open to early and mid-career journalists and other stakeholders in the news industry. We aim to have participants from a variety of countries and backgrounds but scholarships will be available only to the nationals or residents from EU Member States, accession and neighboring countries. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information provided in the application form.


Academics affiliated to CMPF and renowned experts and journalists.  Names of speakers will be added to the webpage on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. You can find the last year’s programme here.


Konstantina Bania

Konstantina Bania

Konstantina Bania, PhD specialises in Competition Law and Media & Telecommunications Law. She is currently the Legal Counsel in charge of competition law and policy at the European Broadcasting Union. She further advises on telecoms regulation, PSM funding, and the acquisition and sale of media rights. Konstantina is also an Extramural Fellow at the Tilburg Law and Economic Centre (Tilec).

Prior to joining the EBU, Konstantina was a Research Associate at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (EUI)  and an External Research Collaborator of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University, London. Konstantina received her PhD from the European University Institute. In 2016, she won the Concurrences Thesis award, an annual Europe-wide competition that is aimed at selecting the most innovative PhD dissertation in the field of law and economics.

Konstantina has received numerous research grants, prizes and fellowships, which were awarded by the Fulbright Commission, Fundação Getulio Vargas, the European Broadcasting Union, the European University Institute, the Competition Law Scholars Forum, the Greek Scholarships Foundation, and the Institute for European Studies. Over the past years, she has worked on various EU-funded projects, including the Media Pluralism Monitor, MEDIADEM and the Media Profiler. She is a qualified lawyer and has provided legal services to the European Commission (DG MARKT), IT qualifications providers, broadcasters, cloud service providers, and advertising agencies. She has also completed a blue book traineeship at DG Competition (State aids, media & telecommunications). 


Catherine Cornet

Catherine Cornet, PhD is currently the Communication expert for the MEDirections Programme at the EUI. She has been working for 15 years in the journalistic field in the Middle East and Europe and is a columnist on the Arab world for the Italian weekly Internazionale. She has completed her PhD in March 2016 at the EHESS in Paris and University of Rome II and teaches ‘History of the Arab Press’ at the University la Sapienza of Rome. She holds a MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a MA in Political Science (IEP Aix-en-Provence) and a MA in Comparative Literature (University of Aix-en-Provence).

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

From 2010 until March 2016 Chris Elliott served as the readers’ editor at The Guardian having been appointed managing editor in February 2000. He is still working on some projects for the Guardian. Chris has worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, chief reporter for the Sunday Correspondent and assistant news editor for the Times. He also is a board member and trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network.

In 1995, he joined The Guardian’s newsdesk and was part of the team that won the UKPG Team Reporting Award for the Jonathan Aitken investigation. He has also served on the board of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and the Nomination Committee of the Reuters Founders Share Company until 2015. He is currently chair of Concern Worldwide UK.

His areas of interest are self regulation of the press, media law, diversity and training, especially for journalists working in hostile environments. Chris became a consultant for Impress, the UK’s alternative press regulator, in April 2016. He chaired the accreditation committee of the NCTJ, the United Kingdom’s major journalism training body, between 2010 and 2016.

Christophe Leclercq

Christophe Leclercq

Founder of EurActiv and currently EurActiv’s Chairman of the board, ‘ambassador’ and editorialist. He also teaches 'media & communications' at Université Libre de Bruxelles, with which he led the project #Media4EU.

Born in 1962, French with an English wife and three children, Christophe Leclercq is also the founder of ‘Fondation EurActiv’, guiding the media network, training journalists and initiating R&D projects for the ‘EU Community’ (e.g., EurActory and Policy Line). In this capacity, he also initiated ‘Media4EU’, together with the Association of European Journalists. Additionally, Christophe Leclercq is member of ‘ L’Appel du 9 mai’ now called ‘Civico Europa’ and signatory of ‘Spinelli Group’-300 European intellectuals and academics, calling for an EU re-foundation. He is one of the ‘media minds’ of EMM’s Future Media Lab, and also a member of the Global Editors Network. He was on several juries, e.g. Euro-Effies (advertising effectiveness), Robert Bosh Fellows (Brussels experience for national journalists), PolitikAwards, and the EurActory Awards. Currently, he is on the board of JA-YE Europe (Junior Achievement Young Enterprise: entrepreneurship in schools) and honorary member of the student association AEGEE-Europe, as part of its founding team in the 80’s that successfully lobbied to pass the exchange programme ERASMUS.

Christophe Leclercq studied political science (‘Sciences Po’ Paris), business administration (HEC Paris, also at NYU & Köln), and international relations (ULB, Brussels). He wrote several books and about 100 articles and interviews on alliances, governance, media policy, EU communication, public affairs, enlargement, Russia and Ukraine, EU policy. Christophe Leclercq speaks French, English and German, plus some Italian and Russian.


Pier Luigi Parcu

Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2010. Prof, Parcu is currently Director of the ENTraNCE, of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, and of the FSR Communications & Media at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. He is also Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN).

From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms' behaviour in network industries. As regards research in the media area,

Prof. Parcu’s interests focus on the effects of ownership concentration and internal governance of the media enterprise on pluralism and freedom of expression. Finally, among the most recent interests of research and publication, Prof. Parcu is looking at the Internet’s effects on traditional business models and its influence on new economic developments such as the sharing economy and smart cities.



Fee: €1000. The fees include: 5 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, Wi-Fi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days.

We offer twenty (20) scholarships that cover the following: travel expenses (up to 400 EUR), accommodation for 5 nights, tuition fees, all course materials, access to the EUI library, Wi-Fi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days. The scholarships are available for outstanding candidates from EU Member States and neighboring countries by application only. Please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the School. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.

Please note, CMPF cannot assist the selected participants with the Visa application process or expenses for travel documents.


Shared knowledge of common European journalistic professional rights and rules; up-to-date overview of the legal principles governing content online; strategies for the development of new business models in journalism; analysis of the state of play of pluralism and freedom in the digital media environment; interactive session proceedings; networking among participants and among participants and speakers.

A Certificate will be awarded to each participant who has successfully completed the training course.


We will consider only applications received through the online application system, and it has to contain your CV (maximum 2 pages) and motivation letter (maximum 1 page). If you wish to be considered for a scholarship you also have to submit a two pages article on if/how social media shape elections in your country.


Deadline extended:  18 April

Selected candidates will be contacted starting from 2 May  2017 


The working language of the Summer School is English


Page last updated on 20 April 2017