Information we received from the European Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. We warmly invite young and mid-career journalists to enter their application


Taking place 11-15 June 2018 in Florence, ITALY

The business and practice of journalism are changing profoundly. Algorithms, artificial intelligence and automation are already applied in many aspects of news production, distribution, and consumption. Leading media companies have started to automate news content with little to no human intervention – so called robot journalism. Algorithmic filtering of social media news feeds may have implications for media pluralism and democracy. Broad use of content curation algorithms and the rise of automation in journalism brings both opportunities and challenges that we aim to understand better and discuss at the 7th edition of our Summer School.

Building on the success of previous years, this year’s Summer School will offer the opportunity to around 25 journalists and media practitioners to learn about the latest developments in the media market, regulation and practice, as well as to share their experiences, ideas and points of view. The Summer School programme is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts and follow-up interactive sessions.

This year’s topics will include:

  • Freedom of Expression, Pluralism and the Changing Media: Legal Perspectives
  • Media Economy and Sustainability of Journalism
  • Information Disorder and Media Literacy
  • Practice Day: Encryption, Verification, Automation
  • Self-regulation and Ethics

Academics affiliated to  and renowned experts and journalists. Names of speakers will be added to the webpage on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. You can find last year’s programme here.

The Summer School is open to early and mid-career journalists and other stakeholders in the news industry. We aim to have participants from a variety of countries and backgrounds but scholarships will be available only to the participants from EU member states, accession and neighboring countries. The selection of participants will be made by the CMPF based on the information provided in the application form.

We offer twenty (20) scholarships that cover the following: travel expenses (up to 300 EUR), accommodation for 5 nights, tuition fees, all course materials, access to the EUI library, Wi-Fi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days. The scholarships are available for outstanding candidates from EU member states, accession and neighboring countries by application only. Please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the School. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.

Fee: €1000. The fees include: 5 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, Wi-Fi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days.

Please note, CMPF cannot assist the selected participants with the Visa application process or expenses for travel documents.

We will consider only applications received through the online application system, and it has to contain your CV (maximum 2 pages) and motivation letter (maximum 1 page). If you wish to be considered for a scholarship you will later be required to submit a two pages article on the topic related to this years’ focus of the Summer School.

Application deadline: 28 February 2018
Selected candidates will be contacted from 30 March 2017

The working language of the Summer School is English.