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




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.