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Isabella Kurkowski (M.A.)


Managing Director of the EU project COPE "Covering Cohesion Policy in Europe - Training MOOC for European Journalism Students": Development of a MOOC platform for journalism training in EU Cohesion Policy covering all EU member states


Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
Otto-Hahn-Straße 2
D-44227 Dortmund

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Phone: +49 231 755 6987

Isabella Kurkowski

Fields of teaching and research

  • Journalism Education related to EU Cohesion Policy
  • Media Self-regulation and Ethics
  • International Journalism Education
  • International Media Development and Democratization of the Media in post-conflict societies - especially with a focus on the EU, MENA, Balkans and Southeast Asia regions


  • since 2023: Managing director of the EU project COPE “Covering Cohesion Policy in Europe – Training MOOC for European Journalism Students”
  • 2022: interim nanaging editor of the German website of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO)
  • 2020 to 2022: Regional Coordinator for the MENA region at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism
    • established the programme "Media Accountability in the MENA region" (in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler), which covered countries as Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia
  • 2014-2019: Country Representative of DW Akademie in Myanmar
  • 2007-2013: Media Expert Advisor to the Executive Director of the Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as by the GIZ deployed
  • 2003-2007: Media Programme Manager at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.
    • German intermediate of the Stability Pact for South East Europe under the EU Media Task Force and responsible for media development projects in 11 countries in the Western Balkans
  • Consultancy related to Media Accountability and Media Development towards the OSCE, UNESCO, European Commission as well as the Council of Europe



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