Advocacy, Communication, Free Expression, Governance, Journalism, Media, Public policy, Technology

Organized by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University (CEU)

Course date

1 July - 5 July, 2019
14 February, 2019
Course Director(s): 

Eva Bognar

Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Marius Dragomir

Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Susan Abbott

Cross-Pollinate Consulting Solutions, Denver, USA

Nicholas Benequista

Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), Washington DC, United States of America

Kate Coyer

Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Sejal Parmar

Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Maria Teresa Ronderos

Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, Open Society Foundations, New York, United States of America

Eoin Young

International Centre for Policy Advocacy, Potsdam, Germany
Course Coordinator: 

Mihaela Groza

Center for Media, Data and Society, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The biggest challenge to media freedom and independent journalism today is the systemic political corruption in which private interests shape the decision-making process in state bodies and institutions. Increasingly, a model of captive, politically instrumentalized news media financed by owners, corporations, social and political groups, or governments, is becoming dominant in most parts of the world. This has severe consequences on independent media and journalism.

The aim of this course is to provide participants (researchers, journalists, activists, media practitioners, policymakers, advocates) with in-depth understanding of the nature of these new power relations and how they influence media and journalism; and with advocacy training to help them play a role in campaigning for progressive media reform and media freedom in their countries.