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Target Group

  • Professionals working for public and private actors in the fight against corruption, law enforcement, judiciary, corporations, NGOs, civil society and media

  • Employees directly or indirectly involved in media relations and corporate communications

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Unravel the role journalists play in anti-corruption efforts, outlining why it is important for the broader anti-corruption effort in a holistic sense that journalists be able to report freely on corruption

  • Identify the ethical, professional and legal standards journalists should be upholding and how they may be failing to do so

  • Define what is ethically and professionally acceptable in interacting with journalists, and how to handle journalists who are not adhering to their professional responsibilities

  • Understand how public and private sector stakeholders can professionally and ethically leverage interaction with the media to promote outcomes that benefit the fight against corruption

  • Grasp the essentials of a media plan (who, how, why and when), and why it is important to observe guidelines and transparency


Anthony Mills

Anthony Mills is a Vienna correspondent for France 24, university lecturer and communications consultant for clients such as the United Nations and Council of Europe. A former CNN correspondent in Beirut, and former deputy director of the International Press Institute, he is an expert on press freedom, and lectures regularly on the role of the media in the fight against corruption. He is a doctoral candidate in the Communications Department of the University of Vienna, where his research focuses on the governance of press freedom in Western democracies under the prism of state surveillance.

Course duration and requirements

  • Access to the Course

    Enrollment is available ANY TIME, and access to the course is open for 90 days after the enrollment.

  • Video Content

    The course is SELF-PACED and contains 22 video lessons with a total duration of almost 5 hours. Completion of all the video lessons is a prerequisite.

  • Quizzes

    Estimated time to complete the quizzes is 30 minutes. The quizzes should be passed in order to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate.

  • Course Community

    The course community is open to discuss and share experience with the Instructor and peers - during and after the course.

  • Certificate of Completion

    IACA Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.


The course consists of video lessons, suggested reading and viewing list, discussion forum, and quizzes.


Video lesson

List of suggested reading & viewing



1.1. Introduction to Concept of Press Freedom in Theory and Practice

3 video lessons

1.2. International Agreements and Bodies

3 video lessons

1.3. Risks of Covering Corruption

3 video lessons


Video lesson and quiz on Part 1


Video lesson and plan

2.1. Journalists: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

3 video lessons

2.2. Proactive (Strategic) Communications: Making the Most (Not the Least) of the Media

3 video lessons

2.3. The Essentials of a Media Plan

3 video lessons


Video lesson


Final Quiz


To make the course available and affordable to a larger number of participants, a special price is offered to all interested professionals

Course reviews

  • "This is not about journalism only. This is about how to interact if you are in a corruption, fraudulent or money laundering investigation. Everything in this course fits into a fight against money laundering. It was really above my expectations."

    Maria Alessandra DE MARCO BOHOMOLETZ (Brazil)

  • "I really appreciate the part regarding the risks of covering corruption. We don't talk much about it but I found it very helpful to inform those who would like to take this path to prepare at the eventual circumstances and how to cope with them."


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