• Report: A Regional Approach to Media Development in West Africa

    West Africa sits at a critical juncture that will determine whether the coming years are spent defending against reversals in media freedom and pluralism, or moving forward toward new and lasting progress. In this context, the Media Foundation for West Africa consulted stakeholders from all 16 countries of the West Africa region on the question of how cross-border coalitions can help to promote a robust and independent press. This report puts forward a vision for such a region-wide strategy, and how it can coordinate the efforts of civil society organizations, media actors, government allies, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Specifically, the report highlights four concrete actions that could be taken as the foundation for such a coordinated, regional strategy.

  • Report on Funding Public Media

    This Insight report draws upon Mervyn’s years of experience in media finance and offers a useful reference point for public media organisations to reflect on their current funding models and develop ideas to secure their long term sustainability.

  • UNESCO Report on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists

    Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists has been customized for journalists to tell the climate change story specific to the region. It explores the essential aspects of climate change, including its injustices to vulnerable communities, especially women and girls and least developed countries, and provides examples of best practices and stories of hope unique to the region. It can be used as a resource for journalists to understand the science of climate change, as well as helping journalists to improve their reporting of the environmental, social, economic¸ political, technological and other angles of the story.

  • Foundation Funded Journalism: State of Research | Reading list

    To help those wanting to learn more about this area, here is an overview of the existing research into foundation-funded journalism. This lists the main publications to date, the methods used and the main findings. Research into foundation-funded journalism is relatively scarce and disconnected. There is, for example, no single edited volume on this topic. This matters because while philanthropists and foundations often want to support journalism, it is not always clear how they should do this. Similarly, journalists are often unsure about common practices in this area. For those interested in carrying out further research in this area, this matters because it is useful to know what methods have been used to study this topic in the past and how their findings compare to others.

  • Report on Regional Approach to Media Development in West Africa

    West Africa sits at a critical juncture that will determine whether the coming years are spent defending against reversals in media freedom and pluralism, or moving forward toward new and lasting progress. In this context, the Media Foundation for West Africa consulted stakeholders from all 16 countries of the West Africa region on the question of how cross-border coalitions can help to promote a robust and independent press. This report puts forward a vision for such a region-wide strategy, and how it can coordinate the efforts of civil society organizations, media actors, government allies, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Specifically, the report highlights four concrete actions that could be taken as the foundation for such a coordinated, regional strategy.

  • An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media by Ariadne

    Donors working around the world are concerned about the threat posed by closing space, including intensified threats against freedom of expression and information, and media freedom. This compounds the crisis that the field of journalism – a critical pillar of open, democratic societies – is already facing worldwide. At the same time, the technical and financial barriers to entry into the journalism field have never been lower, and the opportunities to innovate and have impact with journalism have in many ways never been greater. Against this backdrop, the journalism field is increasingly turning to philanthropy for support, including to human rights, social change and transparency donors.

  • BBC Media Action Research and Insight

    Audiences are at the heart of everything at BBC Media Action. To understand the audiences and the impact we have, the work begins and ends with research. Audience insight and feedback are needed to ensure the programmes are appealing, relevant and effective. BBC Media Action has researchers based in 15 countries around the world. Their job is to provide this evidence base that is used to inform, monitor and evaluate BBC MA work.

  • CAMECO capacity development programmes

    One of CAMECO’s core activities is the contribution to partners’ capacity development. They assist staff and management of media and communication initiatives in acquiring and advancing skills, enhancing knowledge, and improving competencies and abilities towards increased efficiency and success.

    Their numerous approaches include project, programme and strategic planning, facilitating change processes and organisational development and quality management.

    Here are their online publications with findings on the subject of financial sustainability, mainly related to the aspect of sustainability of community and local radio.

  • CAMECO Media Development Library

    CAMECO Media Development Library is a comprehensive collection of literature and training materials related to: Media development and international media assistance; Media landscapes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe; Development communication; Community media; Christian and religious communication. It holds over 13,000 online and print publications, and pay special attention to training materials, case studies and evaluation reports.

  • Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) Publications

    CIMA’s Publications focus on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world. CIMA conducts research. produces written analysis, convenes experts, and develops networks of thought leaders. Some of their featured resources include:

    • Confronting the Crisis in Independent Media: A Role for International Assistance (link)
    • Defending Independent Media: A Comprehensive Analysis of Aid Flows (link)
    • Fighting for Survival: Media Startups in the Global South (link)
    • Tracking media development donor support: An update on 2016 funding levels (link)
  • Copyright: How to Protect it and How not to Breach it

    Every day the issue of copyright is debated in newsrooms across the world as the digital age makes it so much easier to copy material at the touch of a mouse. Therefore understanding the law of copyright is even more important for a journalist today. Thomson Foundation explains how.

  • DW Akademie Media Freedom Navigator

    DW Akademie Media Freedom Navigator is an interactive resource based on the 2014 guidebook “Media Freedom Indices – What they tell us and what they don’t”. The guidebook contains detailed information on the different indices’ backgrounds, methodologies, strengths and weaknesses.

  • Funding Journalism, Finding Innovation Guide

    Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center has collaborated with Media Impact Funders to produce a resource, which serves to highlight innovative funding methods in journalism. 

    This guide shows only a small sampling of how funders and publishers are working together to financially sustain the fourth estate, they hope that it nonetheless serves as a starting point for your own work by providing solid examples of groundbreaking funding efforts—ones that are both pioneering and effective. If you’re a grantee, you may also want to use this document to think about how your work might appeal to potential funders. 

  • How to use Media Impact Funders' Assessment Tools

    Since 2013 – after seeing funders’ and media makers’ need to build impact strategies and evaluate the outcomes of their media projects – Media Impact Funders (MIF) has been curating a number of resources for the field, including impact-related tools, original analyses on impact trends, and a monthly impact newsletter. This guide is going  provide all of those resources with the help of a redesigned and organized impact section. Here’s an overview of it.

  • Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the EJC

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) aims to advance creative reporting approaches and innovative storytelling techniques around international development issues. So far we’ve funded over 140 projects with a strong impact on millions of readers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The IDR programme aims to raise awareness about development issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences. The jury look for a strong, under-reported story angle. Regardless of innovative format, whether it is via print or virtual reality, awarded projects will also demonstrate a strategic and focused approach to reaching the right audience, at the right time.

  • International Journalists' Network (IJNET)

    IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide. Produced by the International Center for Journalists, IJNet follows the shifting journalism scene from a global perspective in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

  • Internews Center for Innovation and Learning

    The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning supports, captures and shares innovative approaches to communication through a global research and experimentation agenda. The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning is therefore a hub for sharing innovative approaches to communication through global research and experimentation. It strives to bring local expertise to a global audience to catalyze information exchange.

  • Invest in Media Development by MDIF

    The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) provides affordable debt, equity and quasi-equity financing for projects that strongly advance a news organisation’s economic potential.

    They make investments from several funds, including MDIF Media Finance I, General Debt and Equity Fund.

    There are several ways to invest in our work, depending on the financial returns you seek, the term of your investment and where you are in the world.

    • The responsAbility Press Freedom Voncert is a Swiss-registered social investment product that enables investors to receive a financial and social return by investing in MDIF’s work.
    • Free Press Investment Notes® (FPIN) let social investors in the US invest in independent news businesses in emerging democracies through MDIF.
    • MDIF Media Finance I is a blended-value loan fund for independent news media companies in select emerging and frontier markets. In a ground-breaking partnership MDIF and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provide investors with 55% first-loss protection.
  • IREX's Center for Applied Learning and Impact

    IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact collaborates with its projects around the world to assess impact, identify and apply lessons learned, create innovative approaches, and promote learning. Resources include assessments, case studies, evaluations, manuals, papers, reports, and tool kits.

  • Mediation: Understanding through Information and Dialogue

    “What is Journalism for ?” The social role of journalism is being discussed more than ever. It’s the topic of the first issue of “Mediation”, a new biannual publication of Fondation Hirondelle. Testimonials, field experiences, cross-reflections and key figures: “Mediation” is intended to be a forum for dialogue between actors in the media field and crisis resolution. Download it above. See also the introductory article of this first issue below.

  • Overview Resources by MIF

    Media Impact Funder’s (MIF) website includes multiple resources such as:

  • Profiles in Media Development Funding by CIMA

    International donors, both public and private, play an essential role in media development worldwide. In order to better understand the work donors are facilitating around the world the Center for International Media Assistance surveyed these organisations. In each profile you will learn about the organization’s background, its current thematic priorities, details about funding, and in most cases a couple of examples that illustrate the types of media development projects they fund.

    Tracking donor efforts to support media development is fundamental to assessing whether enough resources are being directed at these efforts, and whether those resources are being channeled to the areas of most pressing need.

  • Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists

    This Handbook is part UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication’s Series on Journalism Education. The series aims to reinforce the capacities of journalists, journalism educators and their institutions to promote sustainable development, by enhancing the abilities of journalists to report on science, development and democratic governance.

  • The Grants Programme of Journalismfund.eu

    • In European cross-border grantsJournalismfund.eu will support professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant for European target groups.
    • In Money Trail Grants, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.
    • The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme advances investigative journalism in the Flemish media. The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme is subsidised by the Flemish Government and aims to keep the memory of Pascal Decroos alive and to continue his life’s work.
  • UNESCO project supports the development of the charter on journalists working conditions

    The Charter on Journalists Working Conditions, developed by the European Federation of Journalists together with the South East European journalists’ organizations was launched in Belgrade during a press conference on 12 February 2019 following a meeting of the LAREG + Group – a platform set up by EFJ for exchanging best practices between EU and its candidate countries on journalists’ working conditions.

  • WAN-IFRA World Press Trends

    World Press Trends Database is a searchable tool with data and figures on the global newspaper industry: circulation, readership, revenue, advertising expenditure, digital usage, data for top selling titles in each country and much more.

  • Webinar: Building public trust in today’s media landscape

    Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement Funders convened thought leaders from across the Infogagement landscape to discuss how driving civic engagement in today’s interconnected media landscape requires re-building public trust.

  • World Radio Day: Guide to radio communication with the ICRC

    In spite of the current trends in communication being increasingly oriented towards digital with its endless possibilities for interaction, radio remains a major communication medium. Fondation Hirondelle and the ICRC have produced a guide to radio communication in humanitarian contexts. It is presented in Bamako on the occasion of World Radio Day, on February 13.

  • Adriane

    Ariadne is a network for funders set up and run by funders. It is a private community that connects European donors and foundation staff working to support social change, human dignity, human rights and justice.

    What connects the diverse membership of Ariadne is their efforts to create societies that are inclusive, just and offer opportunities to all.

  • Catholic Media Council (CAMECO)

    CAMECO is a non-profit consultancy specialising in media and communications in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

    It offers its services to local partners, organisations active in delivering media assistance, and to donors – among them many faith-based agencies.

    CAMECO is especially concerned with empowering community and development-oriented media initiatives and strengthening the presence of the Catholic Church in the media, as well as enhancing the importance of the media within the Catholic Church.

  • Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

    CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems.

    CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.

  • European Journalism Centre (EJC)

    The European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. It is an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills, and people.

  • Fondation Hirondelle

    Fondation Hirondelle practices and defends responsible, accurate journalism in conflict and post-conflict situations, in humanitarian crises and countries in democratic transition. Their information covers the news in the countries and regions where they work, as well as key issues that connect societies. Their debate programs bring together all political and social components of society. They facilitate the participation of ordinary people in public debate, and create a platform where everyone has a voice and people can seek common solutions to problems.

    Their activities are focused on: producing and broadcasting news, information and dialogue programs, that use the most appropriate media channels to reach their target audiences (e.g. radio, TV, websites, social media, mobile applications) ; supporting media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably ; evaluating the impact of our programs and contributing to research on information and media.

  • Journalismfund.eu

    Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to advancing independent and in-depth journalism across Europe. It ultimately serves the public interest, furthers accountability as well as transparency, and contributes to critical thinking and well-informed debate.

    Journalismfund.eu administers grants to foster exemplary in-depth journalism throughout Europe and to promote journalistic innovation.  Journalismfund.eu’s flexible grants programs enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mindset from international, national, and regional perspectives.

  • Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximize the impact of its financing.

  • Media Impact Funders (MIF)

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximise the impact of its financing.

  • Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network works with civil society organizations and innovative start ups that define best practices for what information governments disclose and how it is reported. They also support independent journalism and citizen-based efforts to monitor and report on government actions. This can take many forms; from tracking the performance of public services, such as education and public health programs, to monitoring legislative performance, and from tracking public revenue to monitoring budget expenditures in an effort to combat corruption.

UPDATES
RESOURCES
  • Report: A Regional Approach to Media Development in West Africa

    West Africa sits at a critical juncture that will determine whether the coming years are spent defending against reversals in media freedom and pluralism, or moving forward toward new and lasting progress. In this context, the Media Foundation for West Africa consulted stakeholders from all 16 countries of the West Africa region on the question of how cross-border coalitions can help to promote a robust and independent press. This report puts forward a vision for such a region-wide strategy, and how it can coordinate the efforts of civil society organizations, media actors, government allies, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Specifically, the report highlights four concrete actions that could be taken as the foundation for such a coordinated, regional strategy.

  • Report on Funding Public Media

    This Insight report draws upon Mervyn’s years of experience in media finance and offers a useful reference point for public media organisations to reflect on their current funding models and develop ideas to secure their long term sustainability.

  • UNESCO Report on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists

    Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists has been customized for journalists to tell the climate change story specific to the region. It explores the essential aspects of climate change, including its injustices to vulnerable communities, especially women and girls and least developed countries, and provides examples of best practices and stories of hope unique to the region. It can be used as a resource for journalists to understand the science of climate change, as well as helping journalists to improve their reporting of the environmental, social, economic¸ political, technological and other angles of the story.

  • Foundation Funded Journalism: State of Research | Reading list

    To help those wanting to learn more about this area, here is an overview of the existing research into foundation-funded journalism. This lists the main publications to date, the methods used and the main findings. Research into foundation-funded journalism is relatively scarce and disconnected. There is, for example, no single edited volume on this topic. This matters because while philanthropists and foundations often want to support journalism, it is not always clear how they should do this. Similarly, journalists are often unsure about common practices in this area. For those interested in carrying out further research in this area, this matters because it is useful to know what methods have been used to study this topic in the past and how their findings compare to others.

  • Report on Regional Approach to Media Development in West Africa

    West Africa sits at a critical juncture that will determine whether the coming years are spent defending against reversals in media freedom and pluralism, or moving forward toward new and lasting progress. In this context, the Media Foundation for West Africa consulted stakeholders from all 16 countries of the West Africa region on the question of how cross-border coalitions can help to promote a robust and independent press. This report puts forward a vision for such a region-wide strategy, and how it can coordinate the efforts of civil society organizations, media actors, government allies, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Specifically, the report highlights four concrete actions that could be taken as the foundation for such a coordinated, regional strategy.

  • An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media by Ariadne

    Donors working around the world are concerned about the threat posed by closing space, including intensified threats against freedom of expression and information, and media freedom. This compounds the crisis that the field of journalism – a critical pillar of open, democratic societies – is already facing worldwide. At the same time, the technical and financial barriers to entry into the journalism field have never been lower, and the opportunities to innovate and have impact with journalism have in many ways never been greater. Against this backdrop, the journalism field is increasingly turning to philanthropy for support, including to human rights, social change and transparency donors.

  • BBC Media Action Research and Insight

    Audiences are at the heart of everything at BBC Media Action. To understand the audiences and the impact we have, the work begins and ends with research. Audience insight and feedback are needed to ensure the programmes are appealing, relevant and effective. BBC Media Action has researchers based in 15 countries around the world. Their job is to provide this evidence base that is used to inform, monitor and evaluate BBC MA work.

  • CAMECO capacity development programmes

    One of CAMECO’s core activities is the contribution to partners’ capacity development. They assist staff and management of media and communication initiatives in acquiring and advancing skills, enhancing knowledge, and improving competencies and abilities towards increased efficiency and success.

    Their numerous approaches include project, programme and strategic planning, facilitating change processes and organisational development and quality management.

    Here are their online publications with findings on the subject of financial sustainability, mainly related to the aspect of sustainability of community and local radio.

  • CAMECO Media Development Library

    CAMECO Media Development Library is a comprehensive collection of literature and training materials related to: Media development and international media assistance; Media landscapes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe; Development communication; Community media; Christian and religious communication. It holds over 13,000 online and print publications, and pay special attention to training materials, case studies and evaluation reports.

  • Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) Publications

    CIMA’s Publications focus on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world. CIMA conducts research. produces written analysis, convenes experts, and develops networks of thought leaders. Some of their featured resources include:

    • Confronting the Crisis in Independent Media: A Role for International Assistance (link)
    • Defending Independent Media: A Comprehensive Analysis of Aid Flows (link)
    • Fighting for Survival: Media Startups in the Global South (link)
    • Tracking media development donor support: An update on 2016 funding levels (link)
  • Copyright: How to Protect it and How not to Breach it

    Every day the issue of copyright is debated in newsrooms across the world as the digital age makes it so much easier to copy material at the touch of a mouse. Therefore understanding the law of copyright is even more important for a journalist today. Thomson Foundation explains how.

  • DW Akademie Media Freedom Navigator

    DW Akademie Media Freedom Navigator is an interactive resource based on the 2014 guidebook “Media Freedom Indices – What they tell us and what they don’t”. The guidebook contains detailed information on the different indices’ backgrounds, methodologies, strengths and weaknesses.

  • Funding Journalism, Finding Innovation Guide

    Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center has collaborated with Media Impact Funders to produce a resource, which serves to highlight innovative funding methods in journalism. 

    This guide shows only a small sampling of how funders and publishers are working together to financially sustain the fourth estate, they hope that it nonetheless serves as a starting point for your own work by providing solid examples of groundbreaking funding efforts—ones that are both pioneering and effective. If you’re a grantee, you may also want to use this document to think about how your work might appeal to potential funders. 

  • How to use Media Impact Funders' Assessment Tools

    Since 2013 – after seeing funders’ and media makers’ need to build impact strategies and evaluate the outcomes of their media projects – Media Impact Funders (MIF) has been curating a number of resources for the field, including impact-related tools, original analyses on impact trends, and a monthly impact newsletter. This guide is going  provide all of those resources with the help of a redesigned and organized impact section. Here’s an overview of it.

  • Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the EJC

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) aims to advance creative reporting approaches and innovative storytelling techniques around international development issues. So far we’ve funded over 140 projects with a strong impact on millions of readers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The IDR programme aims to raise awareness about development issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences. The jury look for a strong, under-reported story angle. Regardless of innovative format, whether it is via print or virtual reality, awarded projects will also demonstrate a strategic and focused approach to reaching the right audience, at the right time.

  • International Journalists' Network (IJNET)

    IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide. Produced by the International Center for Journalists, IJNet follows the shifting journalism scene from a global perspective in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

  • Internews Center for Innovation and Learning

    The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning supports, captures and shares innovative approaches to communication through a global research and experimentation agenda. The Internews Center for Innovation & Learning is therefore a hub for sharing innovative approaches to communication through global research and experimentation. It strives to bring local expertise to a global audience to catalyze information exchange.

  • Invest in Media Development by MDIF

    The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) provides affordable debt, equity and quasi-equity financing for projects that strongly advance a news organisation’s economic potential.

    They make investments from several funds, including MDIF Media Finance I, General Debt and Equity Fund.

    There are several ways to invest in our work, depending on the financial returns you seek, the term of your investment and where you are in the world.

    • The responsAbility Press Freedom Voncert is a Swiss-registered social investment product that enables investors to receive a financial and social return by investing in MDIF’s work.
    • Free Press Investment Notes® (FPIN) let social investors in the US invest in independent news businesses in emerging democracies through MDIF.
    • MDIF Media Finance I is a blended-value loan fund for independent news media companies in select emerging and frontier markets. In a ground-breaking partnership MDIF and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provide investors with 55% first-loss protection.
  • IREX's Center for Applied Learning and Impact

    IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact collaborates with its projects around the world to assess impact, identify and apply lessons learned, create innovative approaches, and promote learning. Resources include assessments, case studies, evaluations, manuals, papers, reports, and tool kits.

  • Mediation: Understanding through Information and Dialogue

    “What is Journalism for ?” The social role of journalism is being discussed more than ever. It’s the topic of the first issue of “Mediation”, a new biannual publication of Fondation Hirondelle. Testimonials, field experiences, cross-reflections and key figures: “Mediation” is intended to be a forum for dialogue between actors in the media field and crisis resolution. Download it above. See also the introductory article of this first issue below.

  • Overview Resources by MIF

    Media Impact Funder’s (MIF) website includes multiple resources such as:

  • Profiles in Media Development Funding by CIMA

    International donors, both public and private, play an essential role in media development worldwide. In order to better understand the work donors are facilitating around the world the Center for International Media Assistance surveyed these organisations. In each profile you will learn about the organization’s background, its current thematic priorities, details about funding, and in most cases a couple of examples that illustrate the types of media development projects they fund.

    Tracking donor efforts to support media development is fundamental to assessing whether enough resources are being directed at these efforts, and whether those resources are being channeled to the areas of most pressing need.

  • Reporting on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Handbook for Journalists

    This Handbook is part UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication’s Series on Journalism Education. The series aims to reinforce the capacities of journalists, journalism educators and their institutions to promote sustainable development, by enhancing the abilities of journalists to report on science, development and democratic governance.

  • The Grants Programme of Journalismfund.eu

    • In European cross-border grantsJournalismfund.eu will support professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border research and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant for European target groups.
    • In Money Trail Grants, Journalismfund.eu offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.
    • The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme advances investigative journalism in the Flemish media. The Pascal Decroos Fund grant programme is subsidised by the Flemish Government and aims to keep the memory of Pascal Decroos alive and to continue his life’s work.
  • UNESCO project supports the development of the charter on journalists working conditions

    The Charter on Journalists Working Conditions, developed by the European Federation of Journalists together with the South East European journalists’ organizations was launched in Belgrade during a press conference on 12 February 2019 following a meeting of the LAREG + Group – a platform set up by EFJ for exchanging best practices between EU and its candidate countries on journalists’ working conditions.

  • WAN-IFRA World Press Trends

    World Press Trends Database is a searchable tool with data and figures on the global newspaper industry: circulation, readership, revenue, advertising expenditure, digital usage, data for top selling titles in each country and much more.

  • Webinar: Building public trust in today’s media landscape

    Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement Funders convened thought leaders from across the Infogagement landscape to discuss how driving civic engagement in today’s interconnected media landscape requires re-building public trust.

  • World Radio Day: Guide to radio communication with the ICRC

    In spite of the current trends in communication being increasingly oriented towards digital with its endless possibilities for interaction, radio remains a major communication medium. Fondation Hirondelle and the ICRC have produced a guide to radio communication in humanitarian contexts. It is presented in Bamako on the occasion of World Radio Day, on February 13.

ACTORS
  • Adriane

    Ariadne is a network for funders set up and run by funders. It is a private community that connects European donors and foundation staff working to support social change, human dignity, human rights and justice.

    What connects the diverse membership of Ariadne is their efforts to create societies that are inclusive, just and offer opportunities to all.

  • Catholic Media Council (CAMECO)

    CAMECO is a non-profit consultancy specialising in media and communications in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

    It offers its services to local partners, organisations active in delivering media assistance, and to donors – among them many faith-based agencies.

    CAMECO is especially concerned with empowering community and development-oriented media initiatives and strengthening the presence of the Catholic Church in the media, as well as enhancing the importance of the media within the Catholic Church.

  • Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)

    CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems.

    CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.

  • European Journalism Centre (EJC)

    The European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism through grants, events, training and media development. It is an international non-profit, headquartered in The Netherlands, that connects journalists with new ideas, skills, and people.

  • Fondation Hirondelle

    Fondation Hirondelle practices and defends responsible, accurate journalism in conflict and post-conflict situations, in humanitarian crises and countries in democratic transition. Their information covers the news in the countries and regions where they work, as well as key issues that connect societies. Their debate programs bring together all political and social components of society. They facilitate the participation of ordinary people in public debate, and create a platform where everyone has a voice and people can seek common solutions to problems.

    Their activities are focused on: producing and broadcasting news, information and dialogue programs, that use the most appropriate media channels to reach their target audiences (e.g. radio, TV, websites, social media, mobile applications) ; supporting media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably ; evaluating the impact of our programs and contributing to research on information and media.

  • Journalismfund.eu

    Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to advancing independent and in-depth journalism across Europe. It ultimately serves the public interest, furthers accountability as well as transparency, and contributes to critical thinking and well-informed debate.

    Journalismfund.eu administers grants to foster exemplary in-depth journalism throughout Europe and to promote journalistic innovation.  Journalismfund.eu’s flexible grants programs enable journalists to produce relevant public interest stories with a European mindset from international, national, and regional perspectives.

  • Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximize the impact of its financing.

  • Media Impact Funders (MIF)

    MDIF invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

    It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity. MDIF financial investments include affordable loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants. MDIF mobilizes other investors to maximise the impact of its financing.

  • Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network works with civil society organizations and innovative start ups that define best practices for what information governments disclose and how it is reported. They also support independent journalism and citizen-based efforts to monitor and report on government actions. This can take many forms; from tracking the performance of public services, such as education and public health programs, to monitoring legislative performance, and from tracking public revenue to monitoring budget expenditures in an effort to combat corruption.