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GFMD welcomes new members!

In April 2022, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) welcomed twenty-two new members to our ever-growing community of journalism support and media development organisations.

Author: Fiona Nzingo | 11. May 2022

These new members are based across all continents, reflecting the international nature of the GFMD network. With that, we happily welcome the following organisations to GFMD:

General members

  • Africa Women Journalism Project (Sub-Saharan Africa) – An organisation equips women in African media with the knowledge, skills and support network they need to drive journalism that sheds a light on gender, health and development issues affecting women and other marginalised groups
  • Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers (North America) – An organisation that helps journalists and citizen reporters launch new digital media, news organizations, associations, journalism schools, and new products such as digital maps, data visualizations, and data mining tools.
  • Centre For Media And Information Literacy (Sub-Saharan Africa) – A not-for-profit organization with an aim of spearheading media and information literacy among various citizen groups and promoting good governance through civic engagement initiatives in the country.
  • Code for Africa (CfA) (Sub-Saharan Africa) – A civic technology/open data-driven digital democracy & digital journalism initiative, they also manage the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting.
  • Connectas (Latin America and the Caribbean) – A nonprofit journalistic initiative that promotes the production, exchange, training, and dissemination of information on key issues for the development in South America.
  • Digital Media Research Association (the Middle East and North Africa) – An organisation whose research unit publishes technical reports and research on different problems and developments in the journalism industry, along with research and consultancy services to non-governmental organizations and commercial organizations in the field of media and communication.
  • Fundación Maldita.es contra la desinformación (Europe – Northern Southern, and Western) – A non-profit foundation and media outlet that focused on fighting disinformation and promoting transparency through fact-checking and data journalism techniques.
  • Jamii Media (Sub-Saharan Africa) – A media and digital technology-for-development company. They help NGOs in Tanzania to develop fundraising strategies and map potential donors.
  • Public Media Alliance (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – The largest global association of public media organisations, with a mission to support and advocate for the values of independent public service media.
  • Rory Peck Trust (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – An organisation that provides practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide, assisting in times of crisis and helping them to work more safely and professionally.
  • Splice Media (Asia Pacific and Oceania) – An organisation focused on building new media products, growing audiences, building communities, streamlining workflows and operations, mapping the media landscape, and training modern news teams and creators.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – An organisation whose unique expertise combines the power of journalism and the law to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights.

Affiliate members:

  • Agencia Mural de Jornalismo das Periferias (Latin America and the Caribbean) – An organisation with a mission to minimize information gaps and contribute to the deconstruction of stereotypes about the outskirts of Greater São Paulo.
  • Alhudood Network (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – A satirical news website in the Middle East. They pioneer the media field by creating self-sustaining financial models, new media formats and technical development in the media.
  • El Surtidor (Latin America and the Caribbean) – An organisation that has successfully run impressive journalism investigations such as releasing the data with the names and surnames of the 3,336 families that illegally benefited from land destined for agrarian reform during the Estronist dictatorship and in democracy.
  • Ethiopia Insider (Sub-Saharan Africa) – A news, analysis, features and entertainment website. They provide the latest breaking news and updates straight from Ethiopia and the surrounding region
  • Fundación Mutante (Latin America and the Caribbean) – An independent alternative to confronting fake news, the tyrannies of clicks and scandals, and the “public agendas” created from private pockets.
  • Fumaça (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – An investigative journalism podcast that focuses on inequalities and injustices.
  • Herne Katha (Asia Pacific and Oceania) – A web TV series that tells video stories of ordinary people in the format of short documentaries.
  • Meydan TV (Europe – Northern, Southern & Western) – An organisation that informs active members of the society about the state of affairs in politics, economy and social issues; and provides a platform for open and diverse discussions on all topical issues concerning Azerbaijani society.
  • Ponte Jornalismo – Brazil (Latin America and the Caribbean) – An organisation that focuses on reporting abuses carried out by the police and other arms of the State, such as the justice system, with special attention to inequalities of race, class, and gender in public safety and human rights issues.
  • Raseef22 – Lebanon (the Middle East and North Africa) – An independent media platform that addresses millions of readers in the Arabic language through an innovative approach to daily life in our world, keen to respect the local customs and traditions of the peoples of the region.

GFMD General Assembly Report

On 4 April 2022, GFMD hosted its quadrennial General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium. The Secretariat organised an online meeting of just over sixteen representatives of GFMD general members. We extend a big thank you to all our members who were able to join us for the event.

For those interested in catching up on the highlights from the GFMD General Assembly, read our meeting report here.


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