Summer Schools

SUMMER SCHOOL 2011

20 June - 1 July 2011 - "Communication policy advocacy, technology, and online freedom of expression: a toolkit for media development"

This intensive summer course, organized by the CMCS in collaboration with Internews Network, the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Democracy and Technology, was designed to help  researchers and activists gain new insights into the role which civil society can play in advocating for free expression online and communication policy change, and to examine the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing the security and privacy of advocates.

Participants were exposed to a wide range of practical and theoretical views related to communication policy advocacy and online tools and tactics, and how to integrate research into communication policy advocacy. The course was run as a combination of conceptual and research-oriented sessions, in addition to hands-on work in developing advocacy campaigns and the latest developments in online tools for advocacy, security and privacy. 

The course was borne out of a highly successful and high-profile conference CEU organized with Google in September, 2010, and built on the synergies and partnerships established there. 

Participants, who included journalists, advocates, researchers and policy makers,  were exposed to a wide range of practical and theoretical views on communication policy advocacy and on how to integrate research into such advocacy. The course was run as a combination of conceptual and research-oriented sessions, in addition to hands-on work in developing advocacy campaigns and exploring online tools and tactics for advocacy, security and privacy.  The concept of the course emerged from a highly successful conference CEU organized with Google in September 2010, and built on the partnerships established there.  Faculty included Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern University), Jacky Sutton (IREX Iraq), Sam Gregory (Witness, UK), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices online) and Sunil Abraham (Centre for Internet and Society, India).

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SUMMER SCHOOL 2010

5 – 16 July 2010 - "Media Development and Democratization: Understanding and Implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Programs"

In 2010, the CMCS and the Annenberg School for Communications organized an intensive summer course as part of the CEU Summer University, focused on the monitoring and evaluation of international aid programs and their impact. The course covered the history, theory, practice, current trends, and differing methodologies regarding such monitoring and evaluation.

The course included a focus on the role of radio as a medium for development goals as well as special topic lectures on blogging and new media. Faculty included Gordon Adam (Media Support Solutions, UK), Gerry Power (InterMedia UK, formerly BBC World Trust Service), Mladen Momcilovic, Sofie Jannusch (CAMECO and Media ME project, Germany), Antonio Lambino (CommGap Program, World Bank), Leon Morse (IREX Media Sustainability Index), Sheldon Himelfarb (U.S. Institute of Peace) and Nicolas Boissez (Fondation Hirondelle). Some 32 participants from nineteen countries took part in the summer school course.

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SUMMER SCHOOL 2009

29 June - 15 July 2009 - "Media, Democratization and International Development: Foundations for a More Robust Research Agenda"

The summer school, organized by the CMCS and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, was attended by 26 participants from 21 different countries, including Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Palestine, South Africa, Uganda, and Ukraine. It was organised with financial support from the Media Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), which provided scholarships for a number of participants.

The summer school was designed to help early-stage researchers gain an understanding of the history, theory, practice, and current trends in the media development sector. Individual sessions were led by renowned faculty from a number of institutions, including Tom Jacobson from Temple University, Maureen Taylor form the University of Oklahoma, Lee Becker and Tudor Vlad from the University of Georgia, Linje Manzoyo from the London School of Economics (LSE), James Deane and Gerry Power from the BBC World Service Trust, and many others.

As part of the course, participants undertook field research, embarking on a four-day mentored field research trip. One group went to Cluj in Romania and one to Novi Sad in Serbia, to get direct experience in testing different methods of measuring and evaluating the impact of media development programs and to gain a better understanding of the current media situation in these two regions. The field component in Serbia was arranged by the Novi Sad School of Journalism.

Find more details about the summer course on the CEU Summer University website.

SUMMER SCHOOL 2008 

16 - 27 June 2008

"Media, Democratization and Civil Society"  

 The CMCS hosted this summer school at CEU in Budapest together with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the COST A30 research network "East of West" (www.costa30.eu). 34 participants from 18 countries attended the course. 

Find a detailed description of this course and its faculty on the CEU Summer University website.