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.
  • Exchanging knowledge on emerging issues in media development through GFMD IMPACT – the International Media Policy and Advisory Centre. This initiative brings together key media development and journalism support stakeholders to ensure more effective (demand-driven & coordinated) and impactful (contextually tailored & oriented toward long-term, strategic goals) sector support.
  • Receiving insights into the latest trends in funding for media development or journalism support in the GFMD Fundraising Guide – a guide that provides insight into a variety of application models, take you through the project design process, and help you submit better – and ultimately more successful – funding proposals.
  • As a member of GFMD, you also have discounted access to other media and media development initiatives and services including:
    • The Journalism Trust Initiative, an ISO standard certification system developed to identify and certify trustworthy media organisations
    • The Media Viability Accelerator (MVA), a web-based platform to support independent media in becoming more financially sustainable by improving audience numbers, reach and revenue
    • Reporters Shield,  a membership program that defends investigative reporting around the world from legal threats meant to silence critical voices
    • TrustLaw, under the Thomson Reuters Foundation, provides free legal assistance for NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change
    • trust.txt, an initiative aimed at assisting machines in identifying credible news sources
  • 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 members-only open house (networking and information sharing), 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.

We know that every penny counts when budgeting for your programs. Please consider adding the GFMD membership fee to your funding proposals so that you don’t have to spend resources finding the fee. We have put together a short paragraph that you can copy and paste into your funding proposal:

We are seeking funding to cover our organization’s membership fee for the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). Membership in GFMD provides invaluable networking opportunities, access to resources, and collaboration opportunities with other media development organizations worldwide. By being part of GFMD, we can actively contribute to the advancement of media development initiatives globally, sharing our expertise and learning from others in the field. This membership will enable us to stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in media development, enhancing our capacity to effectively support media organizations and promote freedom of expression and access to information around the world.

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