- Eligibility Criteria:
Independent media companies, non-profits, or new ventures that are just kicking off are eligible. This includes:
– Applicants who don’t have traditional journalism and media backgrounds, particularly from the areas of technology, design and business, and
– Applicants with independent radio (both community and commercial radio) and TV platforms who are developing unique strategies to reach their audiences.
- Type of funding: Programmatic
- Target countries: Nigeria
- Application language: English
Applications are now open for the Nigeria Media Innovation Program’s (NAMIP’s) Sustainability Challenge.
NAMIP is implemented by Media Development Investment Fund and funded by MacArthur Foundation to accelerate digital innovation and foster new business models for independent media in Nigeria.
The Sustainability Challenge is seeking applications from media organizations focused on resolving or enhancing their “organizational sustainability” by building innovative news and information products that:
- Explore opportunities to reach and connect with broader audiences through digital platforms and technologies; and
- Develop new revenue generation opportunities or sustainable business models.
Successful applicants will benefit from up to $50,000 for their project and have access to a range of capacity-building activities, including targeted and bespoke training, one-on-one coaching, as well as joining NAMIP’s supportive community of like-minded organizations.
Applications from existing independent media companies, non-profit media, and new ventures who have projects or news products should address one or more of the following focus areas:
- Digital native products: Employing new and innovative approaches to collecting news and information, and to reporting, storytelling and distribution, that embrace the possibilities of technology.
- Reaching rural communities: Developing or have developed innovative approaches to reach and empower people outside of major urban areas and those generally under-served by existing news media.
- Technology innovation for distribution: Developing or have developed new media technology that distributes local news in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
- New Revenue opportunities: Exploring innovative solutions to revenue challenges that media companies face.
- Transition to digital: Finding and implementing solutions, products or processes that assist legacy media to transform their businesses.
See here to learn more and apply.
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