Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy 2018

New Trends in Media and Journalism: Disinformation, Verification of news
and Constructive Journalism in a changing world
13-21 July 2018.

A Unique Experience

The intensive multi-disciplinary training course aims to provide in-depth knowledge and robust skills on important topics and evolutions in media, journalism and communication.

Outstanding Speakers

International experts from the academic and professional field of international journalism will share their expertise and give insights in their field of their work and research.

A Unique City

The one-week program will take place at the Aristotle University, in Thessaloniki Greece, from 13 to 21 July 2018.

About the Summer Academy

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUT), Jean Monet Chair for European Integration Journalism along with other partners, University of Zagreb, University of Novi-Sad, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University, Deutsche Welle Akademie(DW Akademie), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Media Literacy Institute and Proof organisation will organise the 2nd Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy: New Trends in Media and Journalism: Disinformation, Verification of News and Constructive Journalism in a Changing World in Thessaloniki, Greece between 13th-21st July 2018. As follow-up course of the International Media Summer Academy 2018 an additional workshop with the topic “Witnessing, Refugee testimonials and advocacy” will be offered by Proof to participants (22-24 July 2018). The joint initiative brings together the reputation, expertise of respected and well-known institutions from Europe, Asia and USA. In addition, it will have the support of established organisations, companies and think tanks (Aegean Airlines, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung etc).


In today’s world, accurate information is an increasingly critical resource for our understanding of the world. Building on the success of the 2017 Summer School, we are looking forward to welcoming another cohort of student participants from all over the world to Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy. This year the Summer Academy will focus on new trends on media and journalism with emphasis on how to deal with disinformation, fake news and verification techniques and competences needed.

The intensive multi-disciplinary training course aims to provide in-depth knowledge and robust skills on important topics and evolutions in media and communication.  Participants in this course will emerge with a better understanding of the latest academic research, policy, market and professional trends in the focused area, as well as develop a network of colleagues to share their experiences, ideas and points of views.

The International Media Summer Academy will address and focus on issues that are timely and critically important:

  • The influence of fake news
  • Developing methods of news verification
  • New Trends in Media, Journalism and News
  • Constructive Journalism
  • Media Literacy

The Summer Academy intends to be a major forum where current issues and research developments will be presented. For this purpose, eminent international scholars will be invited to share their expertise in the form of lectures, collaborative study designs, digital content development, and theoretical models.

This year the Summer Academy will have a special section encouraging PhD students to present their current research and discuss with peers, and receive mentor tutoring. In addition and in co-operation Proof Organisation: Media For Social Justice[1]  we will organise “Witnessing: Refugee Testimonies and Advocacy Workshop” (22-24 of July) that will be an optional/additional  choice for the attendants.

During the Summer Academy, student participants will contribute in workshops developing case studies, extending their methodological knowledge through hands on-practices. This course is a unique opportunity to benefit from the Organizers  outstanding research into journalism/communication combined with the expertise of pioneering media professionals. The program is structured around keynote presentations by distinguished experts, interactive small group work, and roundtable discussions. The course will be run with a mix-method teaching style and includes lectures, discussion, small group work, policy lab and hands-on practicum. Sessions will be led by experts from across communication fields, including research, policy making, and media industries.

[1] PROOF: Media for Social Justice is a non-profit organization based in New York City that uses visual storytelling and education to inspire action on human rights and create attitude and policy change.



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