The lab’s goal is to promote and to spread awareness to young people on the globalized information and communication society by facilitating research activities and by disseminating new research insights within this field.
One of the workshop’s main pillars constitutes the research promotion within traditional and new media role in the crisis prevention, management and conflict, the mass media exploitation for the democratic dialogue promotion, the hate speech and discrimination elimination, the media literacy and the development of control, certification and awareness on the fake news mechanisms.
Thus, the workshop also runs various educational/ teaching programs such as:
Research program CSIS Practicum in Modern Journalism: Reporting on International Affairs
The program aims to provide journalism students with a practical experience multimedia reporting of international affairs in a changing media landscape.
The program leverages CSIS’ unique strengths as a digital-first think tank to help prepare the next generation for contemporary policy communication and reporting. This initiative, the first of its kind, will place students at the intersection of journalism and policy research and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to succeed in today’s international reporting environment.
Through this program, students are trained in producing and covering global affairs news stories via multimedia journalism.
At the end of this program, students will be qualified to:
• Follow the interdisciplinary topics of foreign policy and global affairs
• Comprehend scientific methods and basic methodological approaches in covering global affairs and international politics stories
• Apply new technologies and multimedia in reporting global stories
The students are working under the guidance of journalists and scholars for a period of three months.
This significant program is being realized with the funding of Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the contribution of the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
The Peace Journalism Lab School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh), Jean Monet Chair for European Integration Journalism with participating partners Deutsche Welle Akademie (DW Akademie), University of Zagreb Croatia, University of Novi-Sad Serbia, Beijing Foreign Studies University,Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple University USA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Media Literacy Institute, Proof organization will organise every year Thessaloniki International Media Summer Academy. The intensive multi-disciplinary training course aims to provide in-depth knowledge and profound skills training on important topics and developments in media and communication. Participants gain a better understanding of the latest academic research, as well as the recent policy, market and professional trends in the focused area, and will develop a network of colleagues to share their experiences, ideas and views. The joint initiative brings together the reputation and expertise of respected and well-known institutions from Europe, Asia and USA.
The laboratory participates in the initiative as being responsible for the Information Observatory operation by targeting to record the way media cover topics concerning international protection beneficiaries (refugees, asylum seekers, trafficking victims, immigrants) and minority groups. Given the role of recording and monitoring as an important operator around the knowledge dissemination associated with refugees and minority groups topics, the Observatory’s main task is the daily Mass Media monitoring. The initiative’s objective is the exploitation of the knowledge acquired from the refugee crisis coverage in order to establish the Idomeni’s map as an essential and valuable journalistic and media tool.
European project “Skills for the refugee’s/immigrant’s entrepreneurship promotion”
An Erasmus+ project in cooperation with IFALL, Euro-Net, CΟRISS, PREDICT, KREM UNIVERSITY. The project aims to highlight good practices and new tools concerning the burning issue of the integration of refugees and immigrants through the provision of new opportunities.
“Journalistic Roles, Values and Qualifications in the Digital Age; how journalism educators view the future of a profession in transition”
A research program of 10 European Universities -EJTA.
A research program of 11 European Universities about research journalism and news verification.
“Journalistic Role performance around the globe”
A World Research, (26 countries) http://www.journalisticperformance.org/, with coordinator the Santiago University, Chile.
EU Fact Check is a joint initiative with European Journalism Training Association focused on verifying news regarding the European Elections of 2019. In the initiative participate 27 Journalism Universities from all over Europe. http://eucheck.jour.auth.gr/
Greece Crosscheck is an initiative from the Lab focused on verifying news regarding the European Elections of 2019. In the initiative participate Greece’s major media outlets.
Invisible-cities.eu is a joint initiative with European Journalism Universities in order to “Make the voice of those who aren’t heard audible.” To make visible all these ones (persons, groups, etc) that lack the attention of media
Furthermore, an important research part comes from the PhD candidate’s work:
- Kalfeli, Nagia. «Diversity and Peace Journalism: The Case of Immigration in the Greek Press During the Crisis Period.
- Zarali, Kalli. «Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in the Greek Blogs».
- Aggeli, Christina. «Scientific Diplomacy: National Challenges & Journalistic Influences»
- Karpozilou, Marina. «The New Media Role in the Syrian Refugees Crisis».
- Khan, Leora. «The use of testimonies and images: to what effect they might have in societal change in the aftermath of conflict».
- Selcuk, Mustafa. «Extremist group and Global Journalism: Social media campaign and the use of religion from Radical/Extremist Islamic groups»
- Nikezis, Helias. «Battlefields Redefined – Traditional and New Media Role in Contemporary War and Conflict».
- Mantello, Peter Andrew. «Lethal Appetites: Media Practices and the Politics of Consumption in the Age of Discreet War».
- Andreadou, Efi. «Literacy in the Media and Education: The News and Facts Photography and the Documentary as Literacy Tools».