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

26 June - 7 July, 2017
31 March, 2017
The application deadline has expired. Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Target group

The course is intended for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, advanced MA students, civil society, policymakers and advocates, industry representatives, journalists, and others worldwide with an introduction to the impact of state capture on media and journalism.


This course is intended for media policy advocates, PhD students, advanced MA students, activists, bloggers, policy makers, media development professionals (drawing from government, civil society/NGOs, foundations), journalists and other media practitioners with a demonstrated interest in understanding the new structures of power that shape journalism and access to information through policy, regulation and funding.

To apply for the course, applicants should have a demonstrated interest in engaging in the course that will have elements of both theory and practice. Accordingly, the organizers ask that all applicants apply with a case study on a matter of some aspect of media and state capture; and/or imbalances of media power; or the relationship between media institutions and corruption.

Applicants should submit the following in one package:

1) a case study related to the applicant’s home institution/organization work or part of their academic research;
2) a statement of interest that addresses the relevancy of this course to their research, work or field of study;
3) a CV; and
4) recommendation letter;
Applicants must possess sufficient English skills (reading and writing) in order to participate in the course.

Language requirement

The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.