Hungary, Budapest

Media Capture: The Relationship Between Power, Media Freedom and Advocacy

when 26 June 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

Arguably, 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 policy and laws in their countries.

Course leader

Susan Abbott, Cross-Pollinate Consulting Solutions, Denver, USA
Kate Coyer, Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Marius Dragomir, Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary

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 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.

Course aim

The objectives of the course are to:

Stimulate and advance research, scholarship and academic discourse on the relations between power, media and journalism;
Provide advanced training and practical skill building to enable participants to understand policies and regulations that allow state capture, and help participants learn and exchange strategies and tactics for influencing policy debates on these issues;
Provide a forum for policy advocates, human rights activists, journalists and policymakers to come together and discuss strategies to fight state capture;
Provide a forum for knowledge, experience and skill sharing of campaigns, tools, tactics and case studies in the domestic, regional and global context that address media policy and journalism;
Identify a core group of scholars working in this area and nurture their research interests and capabilities with the aim of future collaborations amongst faculty, course participants, organizations and CEU;
Gain hands-on experience to develop an advocacy strategy for improving transparency in the decision-making process and fairness in regulation of media;
Develop the network of researchers and practitioners engaged in studying and responding to the adverse effects of state capture on independent media, journalism and journalists.

Credits info

CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course. In order to gain this certificate, participants will be expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and complete assignments required by the course.

Fee info

EUR 550: CEU Summer University awards a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the course as well as ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities.
EUR 500: The early bird fee is available until April 30, 2017


Financial aid is available.