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 infodemic is raging. However, despite their fundamental role, news media and journalists are facing a series of challenges that could greatly impair their perspectives: 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 actual 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


The participation of academics affiliated with CMPF and renowned experts and journalists will be announced in the coming weeks.

You can find last year’s program here.


The CMPF Online School is open to early and mid-career journalists and other stakeholders in the news industry. We aim to have participants from EU member states, candidates or neighbouring countries as well as from the rest of the world. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information provided in the application form.


We offer twenty-five (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.


Fee: €300. The fees include: all tuition, all course materials.

Application deadline: September 11, 2020.

Selected candidates will be contacted starting from September 25, 2020.

The working language of the CMPF Online  School is English.


  • 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 1000-Euro 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.