COPE - Covering Cohesion Policy in Europe Training Materials for European Journalism Students

Title of the project: “COPE – Covering Cohesion Policy in Europe Training Materials for European Journalism Students”.

Project manager at FUDŠ: Petra Kleindienst, PhD

Project duration: 12 months
Project start: July 1, 2023
Project end: June 30, 2024

Coordinating partner: Dortmund University of Technology

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Project description:

A comprehensive set of 14 modules enables journalism educators across the EU to systematically teach journalism students to better understand the functioning of EU institutions and the complex factual dimensions of cohesion policy in the EU. Journalism students will also learn how to practically translate this knowledge into sound and sensitive, yet critical and fact-based multi-media reporting techniques addressing local audiences. The course will be highly attractive as well for in-house trainings in European news media, addressing practising young newsroom staff. The MOOC will make a special effort to train journalism students in finding the regional angle in EU coverage, to make coverage relevant for local audiences, and act as watchdog to assess the spending of cohesion funds by local actors in the regions across the EU. In order to foster cross-border co-operation, the MOOC makes a point of supporting journalism students in collaborative techniques of EU coverage, can prepare a pitch and get feedback in the MOOC’s LAB. The project follows an interdisciplinary approach.

Project main aim:

The project’s objective is to conceptualize and implement a multi-lingual Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in 2023 and 2024 in order to train European journalism students in EU coverage. To this end, a consortium of seven journalism institutes from EU universities (in alphabetic order: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Romania) has teamed up with the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA).


Project news:

The long-awaited E-Book publication of COPE, which is entitled “COPE – Covering Cohesion Policy in Europe Training Materials for European Journalism Students” is now published on our COPE website in the section “Educational Materials”.

The publication was produced by overall 35 acknowledged researchers and experienced journalists, who have been the main authors and module developers of the English version of the MOOC COPE.

The content includes on 407 pages detailed educational material about the rare topic of EU Cohesion Policy reporting and introduces at the same time also the institutional framework of the EU!