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


Each of the 5 weeks will feature two 1hr online sessions + optional reading materials.

Wednesday1hr online presentation
Friday1hr online discussion


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Extended to September 30, 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 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.