Jean Monnet Chairs are interactive teaching and research programmes funded by the EU which aim at excellence in the field of European integration. This Chair is the only European academic chair devoted to the study and research of European Integration Journalism, understood as an academic and professional area that explores and covers political, economic and social issues explicitly from a ‘European’ rather than a ‘local’ and ‘national’ perspective. Beginning in September 2016, this Chair provides a coherent undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and research program under the direction of Dr. Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos, Assoc. Professor of International Relations at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (http://www.jour.auth.gr) of Aristotle University (http://www.auth.gr).
Today, given the interrelated and multidimensional problems/challenges facing the European Union, the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University, need to grasp the main lines of development of contemporary European policies and politics, and in so doing, also explore the new opportunities and challenges of journalism practices and coverage on the European Union, its institutions and policies.
The undergraduate program of the School, beginning in the 2013-14 academic year introduced a course on “The Politics of European Integration”. This effort will be strengthened with courses on journalism and European Integration, such as the “Media and European Integration” and “EU for Journalists: Policies and Policy Making”. The same applies for the English language postgraduate program of the School which started in the academic year 2015-2016 , the first of its kind among Greek Universities, a pathway on ‘European Journalism’ which focuses not only on the analysis and teaching of the challenges facing the emergence of a European Public Sphere, but also on the key investigative, analytical and reporting skills regarding the coverage of the European Union and the process of integration. This effort will be enhanced with a course on “Communicating European integration” and an “Advanced Research Seminar on European Journalism and Integration”.
The Chair will not only focus on theoretical issues or descriptive accounts of ‘European Journalism’, but also will pay attention to practical issues and skills that are in short supply in Greece. Through various publications and workshops, it will bring together academics, students and journalists, combining lectures and seminars with training and practical issues, with the following objectives: to increase the understanding of the links between journalism and the public opinion’s perceptions of the EU and to provide students and journalists with tools that will increase awareness of European issues and enhance their skills in reporting them. The benefits from the realization of the project for the society will be: the enrichment of the public perception of and public dialogue on European Integration, the advancement of academic research on European Integration Journalism and the employment of young researchers with knowledge of European news and European Integration.
The benefits from the realization of the project for the society will be:
- the promotion of a different approach regarding issues European Integration
- the advancement of academic research on European Integration Journalism
- the linking between academic research and media organizations’ needs
- the employment of young researchers with knowledge of European news and European Integration
- the development of tools, that can provide guidelines and resource materials that media professionals, journalists and students currently need in order to report European news and European Integration