CMPF Online School for Journalists and Media Practitioners 2020

We are pleased to announce the 9th edition of the annual School for Journalists and Media Practitioners organised by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom (CMPF), at the European University Institute: 

Media facing the pandemic: COVID-19 online edition

A 5-week online programme from October, 19th to November, 20th 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted more than ever the importance of professional journalism and quality reporting in our contemporary societies. Journalists have put their health and well-being at risk to provide quality news to citizens, while the infodemic is raging. However, despite their fundamental role, news media and journalists are facing a series of challenges that could greatly impair function: financial difficulties, constant attacks to the freedom of expression and the freedom of the media, etc. 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.

Adapting to the current circumstances, this year’s School will offer an online programme spread over 5 weeks during which around 25 journalists and media practitioners will have the opportunity to share their experiences, ideas and points of view with distinguished experts. The CMPF Online School 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


Open timetable

Class welcome

Live meeting: Monday 19 October 12.30 pm CET

Week 1 - Media Freedom and Media regulations in the European Union: the impact of Covid-19

19 - 23 October

Live class: Tuesday 20 October, 2 pm CET - Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi

Week 2 - Data-journalism:  how to use data to treat the pandemic

26 - 30 October

Live class: Tuesday 27 October, 2 pm CET - Prof. Paolo Boldi

Live class: Thursday 29 October, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm CET - Introduction to Data Visualisation with Attila Batorfy

Week 3 - Investigative journalism in times of Covid-19

2 - 6 November

Live class: Tuesday 3 November, 2 pm CET - Paul Radu, OCCRP

Live webinar: Friday 6 November, 2 pm CET - "Safety and well-being of journalists" Mar Cabra (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), Urska Umek (Council of Europe) and Ricardo Gutierrez (European Federation of Journalists)

Week 4 - Disinformation, Misinformation and Covid-19 infodemic

9 - 13 November

Live class: Tuesday 10 November, 2 pm CET - Dr. Claire Wardle

Live class: Thursday 12 November, 2 pm - 5:30 pm CET - Introduction to Data Visualisation with Attila Batorfy

Week 5 - Media market: Sustainability and alternate revenues in times of Covid-19

16 - 20 November

Live class: Tuesday 17 November, 2 pm - Prof. Pier Luigi Parcu

Live class: Thursday 19 November, 2 pm - Collaborative projects pitching session

Special Event: Friday 20 November, 2 pm -  "European Journalism Facing COVID-19: A dialogue with Věra Jourová"


Krisztina Rozgonyi

Dr. Rozgonyi is a senior international media, telecommunication and IP legal and policy expert. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna.

She works with international and European organizations (such as ITU/UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank InfoDev, OSCE and BBC MA), with national governments, regulators, also corporate, as a senior adviser on media freedom, spectrum policy and copyright legal frameworks with regards to digital audiovisual archives. Between 2004-2010 she served as the Chairperson (Deputy Chairperson) of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary. Her expertise lies in media and telecommunications policy-making and regulation with extensive experience in legal reform work.

Her research interests are specific aspects of media governance, especially the governance of spectrum and copyright, the representation of public interest, of democratic values and fundamental rights within complex and highly 'technocratized' policy and regulatory processes. Krisztina’s recent research and policy work focused on responding to disinformation online addressing human right aspects for the Venice Commission and policy implications as well. Moreover, she explored more closely the regulatory aspects of online platforms and proposed potential regulatory models accordingly. She was also engaged with the OSCE Representative on Media Freedom as an expert on Artificial Intelligence&media pluralism.

She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences (University of Vienna); a Doctor Juris in Law and State Sciences (Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest); an MA in Communication Sciences (Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Budapest); and an MBA (Central European University).

Dr Rozgonyi is a regular speaker at the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute at Oxford University and has taught at ELTE University, BudapestJanus Pannonius University, Faculty of Law, Department of Public Law, Pécs. She is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Digital Media.

She speaks English, German and Hungarian.

Paolo Boldi

Paolo Boldi is full Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano since 2015, where he is currently the coordinator of the PhD Program in Computer Science and of the Computer Science Degree.

His main research topics are algorithms and data structures for big data, web crawling and indexing, graph compression, succinct and quasi-succinct data structures, distributed systems, anonymity and alternative models of computation. Recently, his works focused on problems related to complex networks (especially, the World-Wide Web, social networks and biological networks), a field where his research has also produced software tools used by many people working in the same area.

He chaired many important conferences in this sector (e.g., WSDM, WWW, ACM WebScience), and published over one hundred papers; he was also recipient of three Yahoo! Faculty Awards and co-recipient of a Google Focused Award, and member of many EU research projects. He was keynote speaker at many conferences such as ECIR, SPIRE, MFCS, IIR and invited scholar at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques.

Paul Radu

Paul Radu is co-founder and chief of innovation at OCCRP. He founded the organization in 2007 with Drew Sullivan. He leads OCCRP’s major investigative projects, scopes regional expansion, and develops new strategies and technology to expose organized crime and corruption across borders.

Paul initiated and led the award-winning RussianAzerbaijani, and Troika Laundromat investigations, and coined the term “laundromat” to define large scale, all-purpose financial fraud vehicles that are used to launder billions of dollars. He is a co-creator of Investigative Dashboard — a research desk that sifts through datasets to help journalists trace people, companies, and assets — and the Visual Investigative Scenarios software, a tool that lets reporters sketch out the people, institutions, and connections in criminal networks so people can easily follow complex investigations. He is also a co-founder of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters in Romania.

Paul is an Ashoka Global Fellow and has held a number of other fellowships, including the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, the Knight International Journalism Fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is a board member for the Global Investigative Journalism Network, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a member of the jury for the global Sigma Data Journalism Awards, and a member of the Allard Prize advisory board.

Paul is a winner of the Daniel Pearl Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the European Press Prize, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and was part of the Panama Papers team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. He has also authored or contributed to handbooks and digital guides such as “Against Corruption: a collection of essays,” “The Data Journalism Handbook,” and “Follow the Money — A Digital Guide to Tracking Corruption.”

Claire Wardle

Dr. Claire Wardle is a leading expert on user generated content, verification and misinformation. She is co-founder and director of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. In 2017 she co-authored a report for the Council of Europe entitled, Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking.  Dr. Wardle is a co-founder and Executive Chair of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation.  Previously, Dr. Wardle was a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, and also the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. She has worked with newsrooms and humanitarian organizations around the world, providing training and consultancy on digital transformation. Dr. Wardle earned a PhD in communications and an MA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is based in New York City.

Pier Luigi Parcu

Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2010. He is currently Area Director of the FSR Communications & Media, Director of the Florence Competition Programme and Director of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.

Since 2004 he has been Chairman of a consultancy company specialised in antitrust and regulation. From 2000 to 2003, he was CEO of the public company running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN). From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM). 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 interest in the area of law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour. Most recently he is writing on innovation, standardization and platforms. As regards research in the media area, Professor Parcu’s interests focus primarily on the effects of media concentration on pluralism and freedom of expression and on the influence of online business models on legacy media and professional journalism.

Attila Batorfy

Attila Batorfy is a journalist and data visualisation expert working at Átlátszó, and head of the project of the graphic team ATLO. He creates data-based, media literacy and digital humanities projects in collaboration with Transparency International Hungary, Center for Independent Journalism Budapest, Mérték Media Monitor, the Asimov Foundation, Central European University and the Association of Hungarian Content Providers.

He is a teacher of journalism, media studies and information graphics at the Media Department of Eötvös Loránd Science University, and research fellow and data advisor at the Central European University's Center for Media, Data and Society and serve on the editorial board of Médiakutató, a quarterly scientific journal of Media Studies. Attila also teaches data visualisation at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He received an MA degree in media studies and art history.  He is currently writing his Phd-thesis on the history of information graphics in Hungary.


There will be two open and public webinars to compliment the Online School for Journalists and Media Practitioners.


  • 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;
  • Newest trends in the journalistic practice, analysis of the state of play of pluralism and freedom in the digital media environment; interactive session proceedings;
  • Data-journalism tools; 
  • Combining health, well-being and journalism practices;
  • Networking among participants and among participants and speakers.

A certificate will be awarded to each participant who has successfully completed the training course. The CMPF will also offer up to 1000EU to three transnational investigation projects among participants, resulting from discussion and interaction during the Online School.  

The  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.