Media development is a challenging profession, and GFMD provides an important platform for professionals to discuss issues that affect us all to cooperate better together in the field and to use best practices. GFMD is an ingredient in the recipe for good practices in media development.
–Drew Sullivan, editor and co-founder, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

What are the benefits of being a member?

As a member, you and your organisation would be able to enjoy the benefits our network has to offer, including:

  • Raising the impact and efficiency of journalism support and media development through collaboration and networking.
  • Access to media development professionals around the world who are working on a variety of relevant and timely issues.
  • Participating in members-only working groups and communications channels as well as networking events and meetups with our members, partners, and industry leaders.
  • Sharing your voice, amplifying the needs of your community, and connecting with larger journalism support and media development organisations, donors/funders, human rights organisations, intergovernmental organisations such as UNESCO and the Council of Europe, governments, and other key stakeholders.
  • Representation at international fora, including the United Nations, European Union, World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and many more.
  • Participating in our members-only Capacity Building Programme and member webinar series: building knowledge and professional standards of journalism support and media development community through knowledge sharing, peer­-to-peer learning, and research. This also includes facilitating access to knowledge and expertise about journalism support and media development through our network of experts, research and studies relevant to our field and beyond.
  • Benefitting from tailor-made services, including non-profit partnership building, management and fundraising training, market research, and consulting services related to organisational strategy.
  • Addressing political, economic, social, and structural constraints to journalism sustainability and media freedom through peer­-led advocacy. This includes the engagement with and education of philanthropy and development donors, building partnerships, participating in collective action to influence policymakers, and disseminating new business models to inspire and encourage smaller organisations fighting to be sustainable and viable.
  • Engaging in Internet policy and governance while helping to voice the concerns of the journalism and media development community.
  • And much more!

We deliver the above via our website and digital platforms (networking, connecting), webinars, newsletter, and members-only mailing lists (information dissemination), six members-only working groups (Women in Media, SDG 16.10 – Access to Information, Investigative Journalism, Research, Impact, and Learning, Internet Governance, and Local and Community Media), a members-only Capacity Building Programme and member webinar series (networking and information sharing), a digital Resource Centre for various research and policy areas related to our strategy, and much more.

GFMD is also a member of multiple initiatives and coalitions including the Media Freedom Coalition Advisory Network (MFC-AN), the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the multi­-stakeholder United for News coalition, the International Civil Society Organization on the Safety of Journalists Coalition (ICSO SoJ Coalition), the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, the Design 4 Democracy Coalition (D4D), the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), and the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation for the 2030 Agenda (TAP) Network. Additionally, GFMD collaborates with the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), and was formally granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2018.

Who can become a GFMD member?

GFMD members are organisations that work in support of:

  • Journalism, journalists and content production;
  • Media development;
  • Freedom of expression and press freedom;
  • Media capacity and financial viability;
  • Free, efficient, and public access to information and news distribution;
  • A system of media regulation;
  • Transparent and equal market conditions;
  • Media as a platform for democratic discourse as representatives of the diversity of views and interests in society.

Categories of GFMD membership

GFMD has both General and Associate Members. The difference between them has to do with the type of entity applying for membership, the membership fee, voting rights (i.e., associate members do not have the right to vote per the GFMD Constitution), and the benefits offered. We are no longer offering individual membership.

General Members:

  • General membership applies to independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisations, institutions, and enterprises whose work focuses primarily on journalism support and media development with national, regional, or international reach.
  • GFMD accepts, on a case-by-case basis, organisations such as NGOs based on their independence, their non-profit status, and their mandates rather than on official registration.
  • GFMD accepts, on a case-by-case basis, organisations, institutions, and enterprises whose work focuses significantly on journalism, media development, and the communication and information sectors with national, regional, or international reach.
  • GFMD’s general members have full access to our services and full voting rights within the organisation.

Associate Members:

  • Associate membership is open to institutions and enterprises, whose main function is to make financial grants to media development organisations or who provide considerable assistance to journalism support and media development.
  • Anyone interested in associate membership may apply, but associate members must pay a membership fee in order to access our services, and do not have the right to vote.

How much is the membership fee?

GFMD membership fees are based on the type of the organisation and on an organisation’s annual turnover, and it ranges from US$200 to US$15,000 at the level of around 0.1% of annual turnover. 

Annual turnover in excess of US$ 15,000,000 US$ 15,000
Annual turnover in excess of US$ 10,000,000 US$ 10,000
Annual turnover in excess of US$ 5,000,000 US$ 5,000
Annual turnover in excess of US$ 3,000,000 US$ 3,000
Annual turnover in excess of US$ 1,000,000 US$ 1,000
Annual turnover in excess of US$ 500,000 US$ 500
Base fee US$ 200

How can I become a member?

Simply visit our Become a GFMD Member page, follow the instructions, and fill out the membership form. For any additional assistance, email our Membership and Engagement Manager, Fiona Nzingo.

How are membership fees paid?

Membership fees can be paid via bank transfer or PayPal based on the payment invitation details sent by our finance and accounts manager, Klea Trbovic Zivkovic. In case you have any questions or need assistance, please email us.