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Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability)

Status: Open

Organisation: Internet Governance Forum

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Hybrid

The Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) is a hub for the press freedom, media development, and journalism sectors to engage with important Internet governance and digital policy matters within the Internet Governance Forum.


Contact: advocacy@gfmd.info

Since it was established in 2019, DC-Sustainability has evolved into a lively platform for conversations about media sustainability. With its global membership, the DC-Sustainability email list and meetings have become a valuable space to collectively evaluate national-level opportunities and barriers to different solutions currently being explored by governments, advocacy organisations, and newsrooms as they independently look to diversify income streams.

Activities of the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability)

In 2021 The most significant of these was a thread on strategies for getting big tech companies to pay for news media content. A summary of the key topics discussed by the Dynamic Coalition on the Sustainability of Journalism and News Media (DC-Sustainability) in 2021.

DC-Sustainability IGF 2021 Annual Report

GFMD coordinated a call for proposals alongside DC-Coordinators Daniel O’Maley (Deputy Editor and Digital Policy Specialist, CIMA) and Courtney Radsch (then Advocacy Director, CPJ) for the DC-Sustainability IGF 2021 Annual Report. The report will be produced as a digital document by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) for distribution at the IGF, which will take place in Katowice, Poland in December 2021.

Elsewhere, Executive Director Milosevic was invited by the Open Internet for Democracy Initiative to contribute to their publication “The Internet In 2030: Digital Rights Experts on the Decade Ahead”.

DC-Sustainability’s co-coordinator Courtney Radsch was appointed to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) – the IGF’s steering committee – which realises a key recommendation from our 2018 issue paper.

DC-Sustainability coalition session at the WPFD conference 2021

As part of the 2021 UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Conference, DC-Sustainability hosted a workshop to strategise the ongoing work of the coalition and discuss the links between media sustainability and digital policy decisions, with input from its members representing Australia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the EU, and South Eastern Europe.

Annual report of the DC-Sustainability 2020

The DC-Sustainability launched its first annual report at the 15th Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2020), which was held virtually from 3-17 November 2020. The report has gathered case studies highlighting the different ways digital policies (and the lack of journalistic/media input) impact media sustainability. The discussion included members who contributed to the report, and also focused on media sustainability in the time of crisis as well on policies and support systems that are necessary to ensure the journalism and news media sector can recover. During IGF 2020, DC-Sustainability also organised its annual session, on 5 November.

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