Ideas Zone

The program aims at sharing and exchanging information, experience, know-how and best practices with the participants. More specifically, it will include two thematic cycles annually of three months each, covering relevant aspects of journalism from a theoretical and practical point of view. A highly respected and well-known member of the local or global academic and professional community, certified in the specific subject, will lead every thematic cycle. Professors and highly respected professionals from around the world will share their experience and also exchange ideas and opinions with the participants. Each thematic cycle will consist of some introductory meetings, discussions with experts on specific subjects and the assignment of a project leveraging the tools and technical support provided during the program.

Selection Process & Criteria


All interested parties will apply online during open calls twice per year. The program is addressed to university students and alumni in journalism and media field as well as professionals. The first open call will be launched on February 1st, 2019.

Selection Process

The selection will be performed by a high profile committee consisted of academics and professionals that will evaluate the candidates based on specific predefined criteria and will unanimously select the ones to participate in the program. The participants will have to follow the main terms of participation and the organization’s code of conduct.

Selection Criteria

The selection will be based on quantitative and qualitative criteria, different for students/alumni and professionals. Educational and professional background as well as other activities and interests in the field will be among the criteria.

1st Thematic Cycle 2019
The day after: New models, new tools, different reality

Open call: 1-28 February

Assessment: 1-20 March

Selection Committee: 

Nikos Panagiotou, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Giannis Pantelakis, Journalist

Yannis Skarpelos, Associate Professor, Communication, Media & Culture Department, Panteion University

Stratis Trilikis, Journalist & Programs Director, iMEdD

Yumi Araki, Senior Producer and Editorial Lead, Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab, CSIS.

Program dates: April 1st – June 30th

Scientific advisor: Nikos Panagiotou, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

The first Ideas Zone thematic cycle aims to open the discussion for the day after in journalism. We will explore new media models, get familiar with new journalism tools and try to chart the new environment around it. Speakers this cycle include academics and professionals from Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, Panteion University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Center of Strategic International Studies, Propublica, Investigate Europe, and other entities from Greece and abroad.

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