CONTENT-RELATED RESOURCES

  • Capacity Building by CAMECO

    One of CAMECO’s core activities is the contribution to partners’ capacity development. They assist staff and management of media and communication initiatives in acquiring and advancing skills, enhancing knowledge, and improving competencies and abilities towards increased efficiency and success.

    Their numerous approaches include project, programme and strategic planning, facilitating change processes and organisational development and quality management.

    Here are their online publications with findings on the subject of financial sustainability, mainly related to the aspect of sustainability of community and local radio.

  • An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media by Ariadne

    An Introduction to Funding Media and Journalism, developed by Ariadne and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and written by Sameer Padania, aims to help funders boost their understanding of the key issues, debates and approaches in funding journalism and media.

    Donors working around the world are concerned about the threat posed by closing space, including intensified threats against freedom of expression and information, and media freedom. This compounds the crisis that the field of journalism – a critical pillar of open, democratic societies – is already facing worldwide. At the same time, the technical and financial barriers to entry into the journalism field have never been lower, and the opportunities to innovate and have impact with journalism have in many ways never been greater. Against this backdrop, the journalism field is increasingly turning to philanthropy for support, including to human rights, social change and transparency donors.

  • Invest in Media Development by MDIF

    MDIF provides affordable debt, equity and quasi-equity financing for projects that strongly advance a news organisation’s economic potential.

    They make investments from several funds, including MDIF Media Finance I, General Debt and Equity Fund.

    There are several ways to invest in our work, depending on the financial returns you seek, the term of your investment and where you are in the world.

    • The responsAbility Press Freedom Voncert is a Swiss-registered social investment product that enables investors to receive a financial and social return by investing in MDIF’s work.
    • Free Press Investment Notes® (FPIN) let social investors in the US invest in independent news businesses in emerging democracies through MDIF.
    • MDIF Media Finance I is a blended-value loan fund for independent news media companies in select emerging and frontier markets. In a ground-breaking partnership MDIF and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provide investors with 55% first-loss protection.
  • The Grants Programme of Journalismfund.eu

    • In European cross-border grantsJournalismfund.eu will support professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant for European target groups.
    • In Money Trail Grants, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.
    • The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme advances investigative journalism in the Flemish media. The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme is subsidised by the Flemish Government and aims to keep the memory of Pascal Decroos alive and to continue his life’s work.
  • Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of EJC

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) aims to advance creative reporting approaches and innovative storytelling techniques around international development issues. So far we’ve funded over 140 projects with a strong impact on millions of readers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The IDR programme aims to raise awareness about development issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences. The jury look for a strong, under-reported story angle. Regardless of innovative format, whether it is via print or virtual reality, awarded projects will also demonstrate a strategic and focused approach to reaching the right audience, at the right time.

  • Funding Journalism, Finding Innovation Guide

    Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center has collaborated with Media Impact Funders to produce a resource, which serves to highlight innovative funding methods in journalism. 

    This guide shows only a small sampling of how funders and publishers are working together to financially sustain the fourth estate, they hope that it nonetheless serves as a starting point for your own work by providing solid examples of groundbreaking funding efforts—ones that are both pioneering and effective. If you’re a grantee, you may also want to use this document to think about how your work might appeal to potential funders. 

  • Overview Resources by MIF

    On their website’s section you can find :

  • Profiles in Media Development Funding by CIMA

    International donors, both public and private, play an essential role in media development worldwide. In order to better understand the work donors are facilitating around the world the Center for International Media Assistance surveyed these organizations. In each profile you will learn about the organization’s background, its current thematic priorities, details about funding, and in most cases a couple of examples that illustrate the types of media development projects they fund.

    Tracking donor efforts to support media development is fundamental to assessing whether enough resources are being directed at these efforts, and whether those resources are being channeled to the areas of most pressing need.

  • Adriane

    Ariadne is a network for funders set up and run by funders. It is a private community that connects European donors and foundation staff working to support social change, human dignity, human rights and justice.

    What connects the diverse membership of Ariadne is their efforts to create societies that are inclusive, just and offer opportunities to all.

  • European Journalism Centre | EJC

    The European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. It is an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people.

  • Catholic Media Council | CAMECO

    CAMECO is a non-profit consultancy specialising in media and communications in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

    It offers its services to local partners, organisations active in delivering media assistance, and to donors – among them many faith-based agencies.

    CAMECO is especially concerned with empowering community and development-oriented media initiatives and strengthening the presence of the Church in the media, as well as enhancing the importance of the media within the Church.

  • Fondation Hirondelle

    Fondation Hirondelle practices and defends responsible, accurate journalism in conflict and post-conflict situations, in humanitarian crises and countries in democratic transition. Their information covers the news in the countries and regions where they work, as well as key issues that connect societies. Their debate programs bring together all political and social components of society. They facilitate the participation of ordinary people in public debate, and create a platform where everyone has a voice and people can seek common solutions to problems.

    Their activities are focused on: producing and broadcasting news, information and dialogue programs, that use the most appropriate media channels to reach their target audiences (e.g. radio, TV, websites, social media, mobile applications) ; supporting media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably ; evaluating the impact of our programs and contributing to research on information and media.

  • Media Impact Funders | MIF

    Media Impact Funders is a member-supported network of funders who seek to improve society through media and technology. We achieve this by serving as a learning resource for grantmakers interested in using media to further their missions. As a catalyst connecting funders and allies, we encourage their collaboration and support the ever-growing field of media that informs, engages and inspires.

  • Journalismfund.eu

    Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to advancing independent and in-depth journalism across Europe. It ultimately serves the public interest, furthers accountability as well as transparency, and contributes to critical thinking and well-informed debate.

    Journalismfund.eu administers grants to foster exemplary in-depth journalism throughout Europe and to promote journalistic innovation.  Journalismfund.eu’s flexible grants programs enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mindset from international, national, and regional perspectives.

  • Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network works with civil society organizations and innovative start ups that define best practices for what information governments disclose and how it is reported. They also support independent journalism and citizen-based efforts to monitor and report on government actions. This can take many forms; from tracking the performance of public services, such as education and public health programs, to monitoring legislative performance, and from tracking public revenue to monitoring budget expenditures in an effort to combat corruption.

  • Media Development Investment Fund | MDIF

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximize the impact of its financing.

  • Journalism Funders Forum

    The Journalism Funders Forum is an open community of European foundations and journalists working together to ensure more effective and impactful funding of journalism in Europe. They have three goals:

    1. Connect stakeholders from philanthropy and journalism in Europe.
    2. Ensure more effective and impactful funding of journalism in Europe.
    3. Increase the amount of philanthropic organisations funding journalism in Europe.
  • Center for International Media Assistance | CIMA

    CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems.

    CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.

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CONTENT-RELATED RESOURCES

  • Capacity Building by CAMECO

    One of CAMECO’s core activities is the contribution to partners’ capacity development. They assist staff and management of media and communication initiatives in acquiring and advancing skills, enhancing knowledge, and improving competencies and abilities towards increased efficiency and success.

    Their numerous approaches include project, programme and strategic planning, facilitating change processes and organisational development and quality management.

    Here are their online publications with findings on the subject of financial sustainability, mainly related to the aspect of sustainability of community and local radio.

  • An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media by Ariadne

    An Introduction to Funding Media and Journalism, developed by Ariadne and the Transparency and Accountability Initiative and written by Sameer Padania, aims to help funders boost their understanding of the key issues, debates and approaches in funding journalism and media.

    Donors working around the world are concerned about the threat posed by closing space, including intensified threats against freedom of expression and information, and media freedom. This compounds the crisis that the field of journalism – a critical pillar of open, democratic societies – is already facing worldwide. At the same time, the technical and financial barriers to entry into the journalism field have never been lower, and the opportunities to innovate and have impact with journalism have in many ways never been greater. Against this backdrop, the journalism field is increasingly turning to philanthropy for support, including to human rights, social change and transparency donors.

  • Invest in Media Development by MDIF

    MDIF provides affordable debt, equity and quasi-equity financing for projects that strongly advance a news organisation’s economic potential.

    They make investments from several funds, including MDIF Media Finance I, General Debt and Equity Fund.

    There are several ways to invest in our work, depending on the financial returns you seek, the term of your investment and where you are in the world.

    • The responsAbility Press Freedom Voncert is a Swiss-registered social investment product that enables investors to receive a financial and social return by investing in MDIF’s work.
    • Free Press Investment Notes® (FPIN) let social investors in the US invest in independent news businesses in emerging democracies through MDIF.
    • MDIF Media Finance I is a blended-value loan fund for independent news media companies in select emerging and frontier markets. In a ground-breaking partnership MDIF and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provide investors with 55% first-loss protection.
  • The Grants Programme of Journalismfund.eu

    • In European cross-border grantsJournalismfund.eu will support professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant for European target groups.
    • In Money Trail Grants, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.
    • The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme advances investigative journalism in the Flemish media. The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme is subsidised by the Flemish Government and aims to keep the memory of Pascal Decroos alive and to continue his life’s work.
  • Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of EJC

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) aims to advance creative reporting approaches and innovative storytelling techniques around international development issues. So far we’ve funded over 140 projects with a strong impact on millions of readers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The IDR programme aims to raise awareness about development issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences. The jury look for a strong, under-reported story angle. Regardless of innovative format, whether it is via print or virtual reality, awarded projects will also demonstrate a strategic and focused approach to reaching the right audience, at the right time.

  • Funding Journalism, Finding Innovation Guide

    Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center has collaborated with Media Impact Funders to produce a resource, which serves to highlight innovative funding methods in journalism. 

    This guide shows only a small sampling of how funders and publishers are working together to financially sustain the fourth estate, they hope that it nonetheless serves as a starting point for your own work by providing solid examples of groundbreaking funding efforts—ones that are both pioneering and effective. If you’re a grantee, you may also want to use this document to think about how your work might appeal to potential funders. 

  • Overview Resources by MIF

    On their website’s section you can find :

  • Profiles in Media Development Funding by CIMA

    International donors, both public and private, play an essential role in media development worldwide. In order to better understand the work donors are facilitating around the world the Center for International Media Assistance surveyed these organizations. In each profile you will learn about the organization’s background, its current thematic priorities, details about funding, and in most cases a couple of examples that illustrate the types of media development projects they fund.

    Tracking donor efforts to support media development is fundamental to assessing whether enough resources are being directed at these efforts, and whether those resources are being channeled to the areas of most pressing need.

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  • Adriane

    Ariadne is a network for funders set up and run by funders. It is a private community that connects European donors and foundation staff working to support social change, human dignity, human rights and justice.

    What connects the diverse membership of Ariadne is their efforts to create societies that are inclusive, just and offer opportunities to all.

  • European Journalism Centre | EJC

    The European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. It is an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills and people.

  • Catholic Media Council | CAMECO

    CAMECO is a non-profit consultancy specialising in media and communications in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

    It offers its services to local partners, organisations active in delivering media assistance, and to donors – among them many faith-based agencies.

    CAMECO is especially concerned with empowering community and development-oriented media initiatives and strengthening the presence of the Church in the media, as well as enhancing the importance of the media within the Church.

  • Fondation Hirondelle

    Fondation Hirondelle practices and defends responsible, accurate journalism in conflict and post-conflict situations, in humanitarian crises and countries in democratic transition. Their information covers the news in the countries and regions where they work, as well as key issues that connect societies. Their debate programs bring together all political and social components of society. They facilitate the participation of ordinary people in public debate, and create a platform where everyone has a voice and people can seek common solutions to problems.

    Their activities are focused on: producing and broadcasting news, information and dialogue programs, that use the most appropriate media channels to reach their target audiences (e.g. radio, TV, websites, social media, mobile applications) ; supporting media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably ; evaluating the impact of our programs and contributing to research on information and media.

  • Media Impact Funders | MIF

    Media Impact Funders is a member-supported network of funders who seek to improve society through media and technology. We achieve this by serving as a learning resource for grantmakers interested in using media to further their missions. As a catalyst connecting funders and allies, we encourage their collaboration and support the ever-growing field of media that informs, engages and inspires.

  • Journalismfund.eu

    Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to advancing independent and in-depth journalism across Europe. It ultimately serves the public interest, furthers accountability as well as transparency, and contributes to critical thinking and well-informed debate.

    Journalismfund.eu administers grants to foster exemplary in-depth journalism throughout Europe and to promote journalistic innovation.  Journalismfund.eu’s flexible grants programs enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mindset from international, national, and regional perspectives.

  • Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network works with civil society organizations and innovative start ups that define best practices for what information governments disclose and how it is reported. They also support independent journalism and citizen-based efforts to monitor and report on government actions. This can take many forms; from tracking the performance of public services, such as education and public health programs, to monitoring legislative performance, and from tracking public revenue to monitoring budget expenditures in an effort to combat corruption.

  • Media Development Investment Fund | MDIF

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximize the impact of its financing.

  • Journalism Funders Forum

    The Journalism Funders Forum is an open community of European foundations and journalists working together to ensure more effective and impactful funding of journalism in Europe. They have three goals:

    1. Connect stakeholders from philanthropy and journalism in Europe.
    2. Ensure more effective and impactful funding of journalism in Europe.
    3. Increase the amount of philanthropic organisations funding journalism in Europe.
  • Center for International Media Assistance | CIMA

    CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems.

    CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.