PILOT-TESTING THE MEDIA PLURALISM MONITOR (MPM2014)
The CMPF launched the testing phase of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2014 (MPM2014) on the 7th of March 2014.
Prior to the launch of the pilot-implementation in nine countries the CMPF decided to simplify the original MPM tool, using the following criteria and steps:
- Narrowing the scope of application of the Monitor: the CMPF, in line with recent policies and academic trends, decided to maintain only the indicators that fall under the general definition of “news and current affairs”. As a result, media or information delivering platforms that do not follow the "current affairs" principle are considered outside of the scope of the MPM 2014 tool.
- Clustering the indicators according to more general principles: due to the shared risk domain and overall similarity of number of indicators, they were clustered where appropriate, in order to achieve better level of usability, especially of the results of the MPM.
- Simplifying the procedures to collect data: this principle is applied especially in the cases of content analysis and panel of experts, in order to assure the applicability of the measurement within the time and budget constraints of this project, as well as to streamline the data collection and make it easier for further elaboration and scrutiny.
The revision and simplification started by the CMPF has been focused in improving five aspects of the original MPM tool: Applicability, Relevance, Measurability of indicators, Cross-country validity, Update.
STRENGTHENING JOURNALISM IN EUROPE:
TOOLS, NETWORKING, TRAINING
The CMPF in co-operation with the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European University is developing the project “Strengthening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Networking, Training”.
This project enhances practical support mechanisms for journalists in Europe with particular regard to threats and violation freedom of speech and freedom of information.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, which also financed three other grant agreements in the framework of the call "European Centre for Press and Media Freedom":
- "Strengthening Journalists' Rights, Protections and Skills: Understanding Defamation Laws versus Press Freedom" - The International Press Institute.
- "Taking action and mapping violations of media freedom and plurality across the European Union" – Index on Censorship (The Writers and Scholars Educational Trust).
- "Safety Net for European Journalists. A Transnational Support Network for Media Freedom in Italy and Southeast Europe" - Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti) , in cooperation with the South East Europe Media Organisation (International Press Institute), Ossigeno per l'Informazione and Evgenia Siapera.
For more info about the project visit: http://journalism.cmpf.eui.eu
AWARDS FOR THE BEST INITIATIVES IN
ONLINE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
The CMPF, under the project “Strenghtening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Networking, Training” will, on an individual basis, award funding to three journalists who are active in the online sphere in order to undertake innovative investigative projects. The aim is to increase the visibility of freelance, young and female journalists in particular and to provide them with financial support. The three award categories are:
- Freelance journalist (EUR 2,000)
- Young journalist, max. 35 years old (EUR 1,500)
- Female journalist (EUR 1,500)
MAPPING MEDIA FREEDOM:
A MAP ON THE STATUS OF JOURNALISTS IN EUROPE
One of the outcomes of the project Strengthening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Networking, Training is a mapping tool that contains relevant information for the journalists’ profession. This map monitors, reports and compares the differences in working conditions and the status of journalists across EU member states. In particular, this tool provides comparable figures on the Status of Journalists, addressing the conditions in which editorial freedoms are performed, protected or even threatened, across EU Member states.
The map offers a practical support tool for journalists by increasing awareness of their status, from a comparative and transnational perspective, in order to defend themselves in cases of legal challenges, and to safeguard their right to freedom of expression, also in relation to their working conditions.
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UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FRANK LA RUE PRESENTED AT THE CMPF THE REPORT "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION DURING ELECTORAL PERIODS"
13 June 2014, Florence EUI
The event was organized in cooperation with the Robert Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Florence.
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SUMMER SCHOOL FOR JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA PRACTITIONERS: "FREEDOM AND PLURALISM OF TRADITIONAL AND NEW MEDIA"
2-7 June 2014, Florence, EUI
Building on its successful experience of previous years, the 2014 Summer School offered the opportunity to 30 journalists and media practitioners, mainly from Europe, to learn about the latest academic research, policy, market and professional trends in the area, as well as to share their experiences, ideas and points of view.
This year the Summer School focused on media freedom and pluralism measurement from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Particular attention was paid on methodological challenges and concrete implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor across EU member states.
The Summer School is co-funded by the European Union through the “Project for the update and the pilot test implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor” (Action on Monitoring Media Freedom and Pluralism in the European Union).
BOOT CAMP FOR JOURNALISTS
9-12 June 2014, Florence, EUI
The Boot Camp was organised by the CMPF and co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the project Strengthening Journalism in Europe: Tools, Networking, Training. It will offer practical training for 22 journalists in the following areas:
- Legal rights and responsibilites of journalists, available sources and mechanisms of support, access to information ;
- Digital journalism between Big Data and Social Media
- Press freedom in Europe;
- Reporting Europe from Brussels and beyond.
More info availabe at: http://journalism.cmpf.eui.eu/bootcamp2014/
DEBATE ABOUT THE MEDIA PLURALISM MONITOR 2014 WITH STAKEHOLDERS
14 April 2014, Florence, EUI
This debate organised by the CMPF brought together the media industry to discuss the forthcoming Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2014).
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LAW: THE DARK SIDE OF BIG DATA?
10 April 2014, Florence, EUI
Professor Peggy Valcke held a seminar on legal aspects of big data. The seminar explored legal conflicts that may arise from the increasingly widespread use of big data analytics in businesses, public services, research and other areas of society.
More info: http://cmpf.eui.eu/seminars/DarkSideofBigData.aspx
ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SEMINAR ON THE ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA 2014:
POLICY CHALLENGES IN DIGITAL MARKETS
28-29 March 2014, Florence, EUI
(in cooperation with Florence School of Regulation Communications and Media)
The FSR Communications and Media annual seminar brought together scholars and practitioners to consider frontier research in media and telecommunications, with a goal of fostering research ideas and informing policy. The seminar included a key note lecture about Vertical Integration in Media and Communications Markets by Gregory Crawford - University of Zurich
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19 September 2014, Florence EUI
Debating the Pilot Test Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2014) in Italy and Europe with Stakeholders
29 September 2014, Florence EUI
Workshop on the MPM pilot-test implementation with local collaborators
30 September 2014, Florence EUI
Final Conference. Measuring Media Pluralism: Implementation of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM2014) and beyond
Elda Brogi was appointed by the CoE Council of Ministers as a member of the Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO). The Committee, under the supervision of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI), will work on the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists and other media actors.
The agenda and report of the last MSI-JO meeting (3-4 March 2014, Strasbourg) are available here.