Past Program

Jul 21 - Aug 10, 2013

Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change

Salzburg, Austria


The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change is a multi-dimensional initiative that provides curricular materials, training and support for journalism schools, programs and classrooms across the world. It is organized through a network of participating universities in China, East Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the UK, Latin and North America and brings together expert faculty and around 70 students, from undergraduate to PhD level.

The Academy's objective is to lead the creation of global media literacy curricula, multimedia stories, and comparative research, and to become a leading hub for global media education in the 21st century. The curriculum developed over the past six years has led to the publication of 'News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and the Classroom' by Academy Director, Paul Mihailidis.

Students work in international teams and across disciplines.

Key questions to be addressed by students include:

  • How do news media affect our understanding of ourselves, our cultures, our politics?
  • How can we use media to better cover global problems and better report on possible solutions?
  • How can media literacy make students more engaged citizens?

Each year, participants build web-based and downloadable lesson modules on how global media cover issues of critical importance. Past topics have included Terrorism, Climate Change, Religion and Civic Voice and Protest.

The overarching theme in 2013 will be 'Global Cities'. Students will identify emerging challenges to urban life in their respective cities (housing, water, violence, unemployment, security, corruption, etc.) and analyze how media may exacerbate this problem and/or be a solution to the issue, distinguishing between the different types of media platforms as well as media outlets. The results will be published under the auspices of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in association with the 'On Cities' initiative at the University of Miami.

For more information on the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and to see the curricular tools that the students created, CLICK HERE


  • The tuition for the Salzburg Academy (for those not in U.S. universities and seeking college credit) is 4800.00 US Dollars.
  • Applications for the program can be found by clicking here: ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
  • Institutions wishing to become partners of the Academy should contact Dr. Paul Mihailidis, 516-463-5226
  • Foundations, and other organizations interested in learning more about how they can become involved in the Program should also contact Dr. Paul Mihailidis at the details above.


Cecilia Balbin
International Relations Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina (UCA)
Stuart Brotman
Sanjeev Chatterjee
Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media, University of Miami, Florida, USA
William Dobson
Coeditor, Journal of Democracy
May Farah
Assistant Professor of Media Studies, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Meg Fromm
Journalism Teacher and Educational Initiatives Director for the Journalism Education Association, Colorado, USA
Roman Gerodimos
Associate Professor of Global Current Affairs, Bournemouth University
Eric Gordon
Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, USA
Manuel Guerrero
Director, Department of Communication, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Justeen Hyde
Anthony Ioannidis
Usability & Corporate Training Expert, Founder of IAsquare, UK
Xiguang Li
Mireya Marquez Ramirez
Professor and Researcher, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Jad Melki
Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Institute of Media Research and Training, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Susan Moeller
Susan Moeller, Director of the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda and Professor, College of Journalism and the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland.
Stephen Reese
Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism, Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Moses Shumow
Assistant Professor of Journalism and Broadcasting, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Florida International University, USA
Martin Solik