Want To Help Investigative Startups in the Global South? Fund Them.

A new report highlights the obstacles to survival for media startups in the Global South, and checks in on the progress of two dozen of them to see how they’ve fared over the past three years. It includes advice from some of these outlets’ editors for those thinking of launching their own startups. A recurring theme: Before you do anything else, secure a couple years’ worth of funding.

The Case for Investing in Audience Engagement: GIJN’s Latest Resource

Sustainable revenue and audience trust are two of the biggest challenges faced by media organizations all over the world — and neither are getting any easier. Engaging with audiences is one way to address these two interconnected issues. In the latest addition to GIJN’s Resource Center, Emily Goligoski brings to bear her experience as research director for the Membership Puzzle Project to explain various forms of audience engagement.

How Foundation Funding Is Shifting International News

Funding by private foundations is filling gaps in mainstream news coverage, especially in areas like investigative, international and local journalism. However, researchers have found that this funding is inadvertently shaping the boundaries of international nonprofit journalism.

How Necessity Drives Media Innovation in Middle East, North Africa

Media startups from the Arab world have had to battle censorship, lack of funding and unstable political environments. In a roundtable hosted by GIJN in December at the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism forum in Jordan, founders of four startups shared their innovation tactics to survive and thrive, including renting out excess office space, training, events and paid newsletter subscriptions.

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MOUs: How to Get Everyone on the Same Page for Collaborative Projects

As collaborative journalism becomes a common practice across the media industry, news outlets may need clear documentation to guide their projects. Drafting a memorandum of understanding between collaborating partners can help get everyone on the same page. Stefanie Murray, from the Center for Cooperative Media, gathered six MOU template examples as a guide.