Summer School 2015 for Journalists and Media Practitioners

We are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the annual


“Freedom and Pluralism of Traditional and New Media”

25-29 May 2015 – 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 and co-funded by the European Union.

Building on its successful experience of previous years, this year’s Summer School will offer the opportunity to 30 journalists and media practitioners, mainly from Europe, to learn about the latest academic research, policy, market and professional trends in the area as well as to share their experiences, ideas and points of view.

The Summer School will focus on media freedom and pluralism measurement from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Particular attention will be paid on methodological challenges and concrete implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor across EU member states.

The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive small group discussions and Q&A sessions.

Topics include:

• Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media: Legal Perspectives

• Media Economy and Pluralism

• Social and political impact of journalism

• Reporting Diversity

• Internet Freedom, Digital Journalism and Geographic Pluralism


The Summer School is open to journalists and other stakeholders in the media industry, e.g. publishers, network operators, content and service providers, citizens associations, and regulatory authorities, mainly from EU member states.

CMPF aims at having participants from a variety of countries and backgrounds. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information provided in the application form. Applicants should indicate whether their participation is conditional upon available scholarship.

The acceptance to the Summer School is conditional upon submitting the case study.

All participants are expected to contribute actively to the roundtables and small group discussions, as well as to get acquainted with the materials distributed before their arrival to the Summer School.

Interviews with the 2014 edition participants



The CMPF will offer 20 full scholarships.

The full scholarship will cover lunches at the EUI canteen during the school days (no weekends), accommodation and travel expenses to/from Florence (reimbursed up to a ceiling of 400 Euro).

There will be also non-scholarship places available for self-funded candidates.


Academics affiliated to CMPF and renowned experts and journalists. The list with confirmed speakers will be regularly updated on this webpage. You can also see the list of last year’s speakers.


Networking among participants; shared knowledge of common European journalistic professional rights and rules; strategies for the development of pluralism and freedom in the new media. A Certificate will be awarded to each participant who has successfully completed the training course.

The working language of the Summer School is English


Update July 2015:

MPM2015: Summer School – Selected Case-Studies:

*These case-studies were submitted in May 2015

For information about the Summer School, and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom please contact the Centre at:; Direct phone: (+39) 055 4685 832.


The aim of the CMPF is to enhance the awareness of the importance of freedom and pluralism of the media, to contribute to its protection and promotion and to develop new ideas among academics, policy makers, regulators, market stakeholders, journalists, and all other directly involved professionals who take part in the public debate. The Centre is directed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu and its residential research team is composed of experts in the following areas: legal studies, new media policies, media markets and economics, political science and political communications.

The Centre’s activities include Research (interdisciplinary studies, conducted by the residential research team), Debate (conferences and seminars held by high-profile academics and stakeholders), Training (workshops and annual Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners), and Dissemination of results and outcomes (publication of working papers, policy studies and reports).

The Summer School for Journalists and Media Practitioners is co-funded by the European Commission through the “Project for the update and the pilot test implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor” (Action on Monitoring Media Freedom and Pluralism in the European Union).