Project Description
Independent, professional journalists need financially viable outlets and media outlets across this region face tremendous challenges. Some of these are due to global sectorial trends whereas others are region - and/or country specific. The Programme aims at taking a comprehensive approach to provide tailor-made support to improve the immediate and long-term financial viability of independent media outlets. This will include online and face-to-face trainings, on-the-job and individual mentoring, as well as tutoring to improve quality and develop new media products, whether editorial content or managerial solutions. Capacity building will also aim to enhance management, marketing skills as well as support to develop new revenue streams, increased understanding of audiences and make necessary technological investments. Furthermore, this intervention also supports content production, investigative journalism and reinforces peer-to-peer networking of media professionals. As dictated by demands and needs, emergency support actions will be offered. The Programme will also provide a knowledge management repository offering access to research studies and reports on media development activities relevant for the region’s stakeholders.
Specific Objective
The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to democratisation and empower citizens in the Eastern Neighbourhood.

The specific objectives are:

- To improve offer of fact-based, good quality media content with additional, more diverse content.
- To improve financial sustainability of independent, commercial media across the Eastern Neighbourhood.
Expected Results
- Increased offer of fact-based, good quality media content, including investigative journalism, in the Eastern Neighbourhood region.
- More professional editorial processes of targeted media outlets, including improved fact-checking policies and higher quality news reporting delivered by its journalists.
- Improved gender equality in the media sector and gender sensitive reporting
- Better trained editorial and management staff in commercial media training and more diversified revenue sources.
- Reinforced network of independent journalists and media professionals being actively used as professional resource and networking platform.
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Priority Area:
Partnership that empowers
Communication & support to media
Media, Eastern Partnership
EaP Countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine
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Implementing Organisation:
DT-Global leader of the consortium including WAN IFRA , The European Journalism Centre
Funding by the EU:
€7 999 610
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