There is a wide variety of organizations active in the international media assistance field. This list is organized by organizations' primary roles in the media development field. Most of the descriptions are drawn directly from the organizations themselves.

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BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action promotes and protects high quality journalism and journalists around the world, supporting media institutions and strengthening public service broadcasting. It works with professional and citizen journalists where media freedom and freedom of speech are under threat, raising public awareness of and people's ability to understand their rights.

DW Akademie

DW Akademie is Germany’s leading organization for international media development, offering training and consulting for a wide range of partners and clients. It also offers an internationally-oriented Master’s Degree covering media and development, journalism, communication science and media management, as well as cross-media training for young journalists, including an international traineeship conceived specifically for young journalists from regions to which it broadcasts.

Equal Access International

Equal Access' mission is to "create positive change for million of underserved people in the developing world by delivering critically needed information and education through innovative media, appropriate technology and direct community engagement." It is headquartered in San Francisco with a listening audience of more than 90 million across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Equal Access creates customized communications strategies and outreach solutions that address the most critical challenges affecting people in the developing world.

European Journalism Centre

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is an independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the Centre operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of training projects.

Fondation Hirondelle

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-governmental organisation made up of journalists committed to creating independent media in war zones and other crisis areas. Founded in 1995, Fondation Hirondelle works in many countries, supplying information where it's missing, countering and correcting rumours and fighting propaganda. A main focus is providing excellent election coverage, including on-air forums where the public can debate issues key to national and local elections.

Freedom House

Freedom House performs two major surveys every year—Freedom in the World, and Freedom of the Press. Along with IREX’s MSI and Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, Freedom of the Press is one of the essential indexes of press freedom worldwide. Freedom House also does some on-the-ground media development through its Internet Freedom Initiative and other efforts.

Free Press Unlimited

Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe. Particularly people in countries where there is little to no press freedom. By supporting local media professionals and journalists, Free Press Unlimited helps to enable as many people as possible to gain and keep access to the information they require to survive and develop.

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting

IWPR gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict and transition to help them drive change. IWPR empowers citizens and their communities to a make a difference – building skills, networks, and institutions, supporting development and accountability, forging peace and justice. Working in three dozen countries, IWPR’s innovative programs are crafted to respond to the needs of the people they serve. Projects prioritize locally informed objectives and lead to sustainable outcomes. Beneficiaries include citizen and professional journalists, human rights and peace activists, policymakers, educators, researches, businesses, and women’s, youth, and other civil society organizations and partners.


The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.

ICFJ has worked with more than 75,000 professional and citizen journalists and media managers from 180 countries. Aiming to raise the standards of journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe. ICFJ is one of the largest U.S. implementers of media development programs.

ICFJ also operates the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program, which sends media professionals from around the world to developing nations to improve the media there. Knight Fellows establish new journalism associations, launch journalism schools, create online databases to track corruption, establish news delivery services via cell phone, and create digital platforms to share content.

Additionally, ICFJ oversees the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), which serves as an online resource for the media assistance community, providing information to journalists, media managers, media assistance professionals, journalism trainers and educators, or anyone else with an interest in news media around the world. 

International Media Support

International Media Support is a non-profit organisation working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. In more than 30 countries worldwide, IMS helps to strengthen professional journalism and ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances.

The International Women's Media Foundation

IWMF is a global network of women journalists that runs leadership and training seminars in 22 countries.


Internews is an international media development organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Internews is one of the largest U.S. implementers of media development programs.

Since inception, Internews has worked with 5,500 radio and television stations and print publications in over 70 countries and trained over 80,000 people in media skills. It operates worldwide, primarily in Africa, MENA, and Asia.

Internews Europe

Internews Europe is an international development organization specializing in supporting independent media, freedom of information and free expression around the globe. The vast majority of its programs are targeted at crisis-hit populations, emerging democracies and some of the world’s poorest countries.


IREX is an international nonprofit organization “providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.” Media development is only part of IREX’s activities, but it is one of the largest U.S. implementers of media development programs.

IREX works with local partners to advance the professionalism and long-term economic sustainability of newspapers, radio, television, and Internet media. Specialized programs and small grants build skills for balanced, investigative reporting, better media management, and advocacy for press freedoms.

IREX also publishes the Media Sustainability Index (MSI), which provides in-depth analyses of the conditions for independent media in 76 countries across Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

IREX Europe

IREX Europe is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization providing innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, foster pluralistic civil society development, and reduce conflict. The IREX Europe approach emphasizes partnerships with local development organizations to expand capacity, build sustainable institutions and affect change through training, partnerships, education, research, and grant programs.

Media Diversity Institute

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is a London headquartered international NGO that exists over 15 years now with the branch office in New York City, and regional offices in the MENA region. We work on inclusive journalism, making sure that voices of all people are heard.  Our main objective is  to promote Freedom of Expression and Access to Information rights through enhancing professional standards of media, through supporting civil society organizations in their efforts to take more say in public debates on all issues relevant to all citizens regardless of their political, social or cultural background and through working with journalism and communication academics eager to introduce innovative practical modules to help future journalists become more inclusive and more sensitive in their everyday jobs. 

Panos Network

The Panos Network is a dynamic global partnership of six independent institutes held together by a common mission and set of values. The institutes work to ensure that information is effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy. The regional institutes are: Panos Caribbean, Panos Eastern Africa, Panos Paris, Panos South Asia, Panos Southern Africa, and Panos West Africa.

Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground works “with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.” The organization does some journalism training as well as producing material for radio and TV stations in various locations around the world. Its media arm is called “Common Ground Productions.”

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has trained over 11,000 journalists worldwide, enhancing ethical and professional standards in journalism across more than 170 countries. With its program, TrustMedia, the Foundation travels to the most remote areas of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Ruassia, and Brazil, shaping free media by bringing its knowledge to local journalists and demonstrating how to report accurately and objectively on everything from elections and climate change to health crises, women’s rights, and corruption.


The U.S. Institute of Peace is funded by the U.S. government and managed by a board of directors that is appointed by Congress. USIP’s media programming is part of its larger goal to promote peace worldwide, particularly through its Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding initiative.


Government Organizations

Private Sector Organizations

National Endowment for Democracy

Multilateral Organizations

Government Organizations


The U.S. Agency for International Development is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. It is not only the largest single U.S. assistance agency, but also the largest funder, public or private, of independent media abroad. USAID spent an estimated $63 million in 2011 on international media development, which represents 33.3 percent of all U.S. funding identified by CIMA’s research.

U.S. Department of State

The State Department’s largest single funder of independent media development is its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), which spent $44 million on the sector in 2011.

U.S. embassies, through ambassadors’ funds and other sources, also provide considerable funding of local media projects. Other State Department bureaus, such as the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, also support international media work.

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL)

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) leads the U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally.


Middle East Partnership Initiative

The Middle East Partnership Initiative was created in 2002 to promote democracy in the Middle East and funds programs in the Middle East and North Africa that include work with civil society.

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)

The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) develops and implements U.S. foreign policy in Europe and Eurasia. The Bureau promotes U.S. interests in the region on issues such as international security, NATO, coordination with the European Union and other regional organizations, support for democracy, human rights, civil society, economic prosperity, counterterrorism, and nonproliferation.

Bureau of Public Affairs

The Bureau of Public Affairs (PA) engages domestic and international media to communicate timely and accurate information with the goal of furthering U.S. foreign policy and national security interests as well as broadening understanding of American values. In carrying out its mission, PA employs a wide range of media platforms, provides historical perspective, and conducts public outreach.

Bureau of International Information Programs

The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) creates the places, the products, and the infrastructure to build America's reputation with foreign audiences. IPP advances U.S. foreign policy objectives through global information campaigns that engage people in 190 countries in sustained conversations. And, IPP supports those conversations with places to meet, dynamic content, and global technology.



The Broadcasting Board of Governors is responsible for all U.S. government-sponsored, nonmilitary broadcasting for international audiences. This includes the Voice of America, Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and Radio and TV Martí. BBG spent approximately $5.4 million on media development in 2011.

BBG broadcasters distribute programming in 60 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 175 million people via radio, TV, the Internet, and other new media. The BBG works to serve as an example of a free and professional press, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

Voice of America

The Voice of America (VOA), a dynamic multimedia broadcaster funded by the U.S. Government, broadcasts accurate, balanced, and comprehensive news and information to an international audience.


Millenium Challenge Corporation

The MCC, founded in 2004, is a U.S. government corporation tasked with assisting some of the world’s poorest countries. Dollar amounts are tied to countries’ progress on several key indicators, including improved press freedom. MCC has incorporated media development in at least five of the countries: Malawi, Moldova, Niger, Tanzania, and Ukraine.

Australian Agency for International Development

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. AusAID is an Executive Agency within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio and reports to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Belgian Development Cooperation

The Belgian Development Cooperation deploys its expertise and knowledge of the international environment in order to defend Belgian interests abroad, promote the advent of a more stable, fairer and more prosperous world, and combat global poverty.

Canadian International Development Agency

The Canadian International Development Agency is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's aim is to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The aim of Denmark’s development cooperation is to reduce poverty through the promotion of human rights and economic growth. It is focused on some of the poorest countries in the world.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organizations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry has two halves: its headquarters in the Hague and its missions abroad (embassies, consulates, and permanent representations).

Finland Development Cooperation

Development policy is an integral part of Finland’s foreign and security policy. Development policy contributes to the global effort to eradicate poverty through economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development.

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

France is contributing to this ambition for sustainable and human globalization through its development cooperation policy, in partnership with all the countries concerned. It fully integrates this project into a Community thrust, in line with France’s vision of a European Union set to become a global political player on the international stage.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development focuses on education, health, rural development, good governance, and sustainable economic development. The guiding principle in all efforts is the protection of human rights.

Japan International Cooperation Agency

"Inclusive development" represents an approach to development that encourages all people to recognize the development issues they themselves face, participate in addressing them, and enjoy the fruits of such endeavors. The role of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is to effectively provide backing for this process.

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

The majority of Norwegian development assistance is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian foreign missions. In the case of aid funds that are not administered by Norad, the agency provides advice on what is required to achieve results, communicates results and contributes to debate on the effects of development assistance.

Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation makes cooperative development a key element of its foreign activities. Its number one goal, the fight against poverty, is understood not only as the need to overcome the lack of income and goods, but also that of expanding the rights, opportunities and abilities of the least advantaged people.

Swedish International Development Agency

The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. Through its work and in cooperation with others, it contributes to implementing Sweden’s policy for global development.

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has a long tradition of supporting countries and populations encountering problems of development or transition or experiencing humanitarian crises.

United Kingdom's Department for International Development

The Department for International Development is the primary British provider of international assistance and is a significant funder of media development around the world. Similar to USAID, media development is often a secondary goal within larger projects.

Private Sector Organizations

Adessium Foundation

Adessium Foundation wants to contribute to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environments. The Foundation is working to create a balanced society characterized by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature.

Aga Khan Foundation

The agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network are private, international, non-denominational development organisations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, without regard to faith, origin or gender

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action promotes and protects high quality journalism and journalists around the world, supporting media institutions and strengthening public service broadcasting. It works with professional and citizen journalists where media freedom and freedom of speech are under threat, raising public awareness of and people's ability to understand their rights.

Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation, established in 2008, is the North American arm of the Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung. The Bertelsmann Foundation is a driver of social change. The Bertelsmann Foundation is committed to promoting the freedom of individuals and societies, and international understanding.

Doha Centre for Media Freedom

The Doha Centre for Media Freedom is a non-profit organisation working for press freedom and quality journalism in Qatar, the Middle East and the world.


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a non-profit German political foundation committed to the advancement of public policy issues in the spirit of the basic values of social democracy through education, research, and international cooperation. The large network of FES-offices is one of the most important non-governmental global infrastructures for democracy promotion and international dialogue on central topics of international politics, globalization and the economic, social, and political development in the world.


Fesmedia is the media project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fesmedia works toward a political, legal, and regulatory framework for the media which follows international human rights law.

Fritt Ord

The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo (Fritt Ord) protects and promotes freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression in Norway, particularly by encouraging lively debate and the dauntless use of the free word.

Ford Foundation

Established in 1936, the Ford Foundation is an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change. The Ford Foundation’s commitment to social justice is carried out through programs that: strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, and advance human knowledge, creativity and achievement.

Gates Foundation

The core of the work of the Gates Foundation focuses on the belief that every life has equal value. The Gates Foundation follows four values: optimism, collaboration, rigor, and innovation, which help define the approach to its philanthropic work and employ an outstanding leadership team to direct its strategies and grantmaking.

German Marshall Fund

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.


Google Inc.’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS)

Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.

Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation “promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.” The Knight Foundation is one of the largest funders of media assistance in the U.S. It is also responsible for helping fund and launch some of the most innovative programs in media development, including GFMD and the Knight News Challenge.

Knight also funds the Knight International Journalism Fellowships (along with the Gates Foundation), which is managed by ICFJ


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation. At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation. Our scholarship programs help young journalists by offering them projects specifically geared to their needs.

Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations.

Media Development Investment Fund

MDIF provides affordable financing and business assistance to independent news outlets in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. We invest in outlets that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.


Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. We invest in and help scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

For more than 45 years, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has worked with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities—and to restore and protect our planet. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation invests in leaders and institutions, collaborates with them to identify the most effective solutions, and gives them freedom and support to best reach their goals.


The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity. The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Foundation's efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and managed by its president through a leadership team drawn from scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Founded in 1940, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. The RBF's grantmaking is organized around three themes: democratic practice, peacebuilding, and sustainable development.

Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust was founded to promote international human rights. The grant programs are Civil and Political Rights, Women’s Rights, Minority Rights, Social Justice and the Miscellaneous Fund. Each program has a number of sub-programs.

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation drives large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Stanley Foundation

The Stanley Foundation promotes public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues. Our work recognizes the essential roles of both the policy community and the broader public in building sustainable peace.

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations are a network of foundations founded by billionaire George Soros. While it once operated primarily in Eastern Europe, it now has programs worldwide. Though OSF is the largest private funder of media development in the United States, media is only a part of OSF’s activities, particularly through three programs: Information Program, Media Program, and Open Society Justice Initiative.

National Endowment for Democracy


The National Endowment for Democracy a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,000 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. Since its founding, media has played an integral role in NED’s efforts to promote democracy, with around $14 million annually going to support media development.

The National Endowment for Democracy's four core institutes were created at the same time as NED (1984) in order to represent different aspects of American civil society. Each of these institutes is an implementing organization and 55% of NED’s annual budget goes directly to these institutes.


The Center for International Private Enterprise represents the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and works toward using private enterprise and market-oriented reforms to improve freedom around the world. Journalists are often included in these efforts, usually by taking part in trainings or other workshops on business reporting or similar topics.


The International Republican Institute represents the Republican Party, though its programs are apolitical. IRI’s programming is broken up by geographic area/country, but many media development programs occur within that framework.


The National Democratic Institute represents the Democratic Party, though its international development programs are relatively apolitical and often parallel those of IRI. Media come into many aspects of NDI’s activities, particularly in its Democracy and Technology programs, which deal with utilizing new media in order to strengthen democracies.

The Solidarity Center

The Solidarity Center represents the AFL/CIO and works to improve workers’ rights around the globe. Media comes into its work most often in the form of press unions and similar organizations that work to promote journalists’ rights and freedoms. Solidarity has no programs dealing solely with media development, but these issues often come into play in its work.

Multilateral Organizations

European Commission, DG Development

Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid is a new Directorate-General (DG) responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programs and projects across the world. It incorporates the former Development and EuropeAid DGs. Having one DG will simplify communication in the development field by acting as a "one stop shop" – providing a single contact point for stakeholders inside and outside the EU to deal with.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

For 50 years now, the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has grouped the world’s main donors, defining and monitoring global standards in key areas of development. The DAC has played a role in forging major international development commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.


The United Nations Development Program is the UN's global development network, “an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.” UNDP is active in 166 countries, working to develop local capacity. The organization has developed a list of Millennium Development Goals, none of which directly mention media, yet media factor into each of the goals.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a development agency that funds some media development programs. Its Communication and Information “theme” is responsible for a number of media-related programs. In addition, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) funds a large number of media development projects each year.

World Bank Institute

The World Bank Institute (WBI) is one of the World Bank Group’s main instruments for developing individual, organizational, and institutional capacity through the exchange of knowledge among those countries.


Communication for Development / Tech

Freedom of Expression

Professional Networks / Associations

Topical Advocacy

Internet Governance

Journalism and Training

Communication for Development / Tech

Freedom Fone

The Freedom Fone platform enables automated, interactive, two-way, audio information to be shared through mobile phone networks. The DIY platform is accessible, user-friendly, low-cost, scalable, global and does not require Internet access for users and callers alike.


FrontlineSMS is a free, open source software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with groups of people through mobile phones. Since it works anywhere there’s a mobile signal, it doesn’t need the Internet, a major advantage for many grassroots NGOs.

MobileActive's vision is to help organizations make use of the most ubiquitous communications technology in the world with data, tools, and how-to resources; build a network of practitioners and technologists in a supportive community of practice; and highlight and explore the many innovative campaigns and projects—their lessons learned.


Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Ushahidi's roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. Since then, it has expanded to crises and conflicts around the world as a tool for mapping information and sharing it with affected citizens.

Freedom of Expression

Article 19

Article XIX is “a human rights organization with a specific mandate and focus on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide.” In addition to advocacy, it produces reports on topics relevant to press freedom. The organization’s name is a reference to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ is a nonprofit that “defends the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.” It also keeps track of journalists injured or killed worldwide. is an organization dedicated to supporting human liberty by promoting the voices of online dissidents. The organization highlights the writings and activities of dissident bloggers in order to strengthen their voice and defend their freedom of expression.

Global Investigative Journalism Network

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is composed of nonprofit investigative journalism organizations that produce stories, conduct training, provide resources, and encourage the creation of similar nonprofit groups.

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Global Voices

Global Voices is an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world. The site is translated into more than 15 languages by volunteer translators, who have formed the Lingua project. It also has an outreach project called Rising Voices to help marginalized communities use citizen media to be heard, with an emphasis on the developing world.

Global Voices Advocacy is global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online. Its weekly Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Index on Censorship

The Index on Censorship is a British organization that promotes freedom of expression through in-country journalist training, events, and the publication of a magazine

International News Safety Institute

INSI is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the safety of journalists worldwide. Based in Brussels with an office in New York, its work is similar to the American Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). INSI also provides resources to improve journalist safety and does some training in the field.


The International Freedom of Expression eXchange is primarily an advocacy organization. IFEX is a great source of news about media, journalists, and freedom of expression in countries around the world through its twice-weekly IFEX Digest.


International PEN

International PEN has 145 Centers in 104 countries across the globe. These centers work “to engage with, and empower, societies and communities across cultures and languages, through reading and writing."

International Senior Lawyers Project

The members of the ISLP Media Law Working Group - expert media defense lawyers with broad experience in international law - assist in enacting press-protective media laws and policies abroad and help defend journalists facing prosecution.

Media Legal Defence Initiative

MLDI helps bloggers, journalists, and independent media outlets around the world defend their rights. It helps journalists regardless of the medium they use - print, broadcast or internet - and makes sure they have good lawyers defending them. If necessary, MLDI pays legal fees and works alongside lawyers to make sure the best possible legal defense is provided.

Reporters Without Borders

RSF monitors press freedom violations and releases an annual Press Freedom Index that ranks countries based on their score, with a higher number indicating more press freedom violations.

The Rory Peck Trust is dedicated to the support, safety, and welfare of freelance newsgatherers. Working in over 60 countries, the Trust provides financial assistance to freelancers and their families in crisis and is a source of information, advice, and resources on issues including risk assessment, safety, insurance, trauma counseling, and professional development. 

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

WAN-IFRA is the global organization of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. 

Professional Networks / Associations


Begun in 2005 with a conference in Amman, Jordan, the Global Forum for Media Development is a global organization of media development implementers from around the world. The organization constitutes a network of “some 500 non-governmental media assistance organizations operating in about 100 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia and the Americas, which support the development of independent media at the community, national and regional level.”

The members of GFMD occasionally meet in regional conferences and every three years, the whole network comes together in a major global conference. GFMD works to encourage greater participation in media development by organizations around the world.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

ICIJ is a network of investigative reporters in 50 countries who collaborate on stories, training, and networking. Founded in 1997, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend globally the Center's style of watchdog journalism.

International Federation of Journalists

IFJ is a network of journalist organizations from around the world, based in Belgium.

Investigative Reporters and Editors

IRE, based at the University of Missouri, is the world’s oldest and largest association of investigative journalists and it trains several thousand journalists each year.

The International Women's Media Foundation

IWMF is a global network of women journalists that runs leadership and training seminars in 22 countries.

Salzburg Global Seminar

The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society.

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

AMARC brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 115 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a world wide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector.

Topical Advocacy

Catholic Media Council (CAMECO)

is a consultancy specialising in media and communications in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.CAMECO offers its services to local partners, organisations that are active in delivering media assistance, and to donors - among them many faith-based agencies.

The CAMECO Resource Centre focuses on media landscapes in developing and transitional countries, media development cooperation, development communication and community media. The centre holds more than 8,500 print and online publications, paying special attention to training materials, case studies and evaluation reports. 50% of its holdings are in languages other than English, especially Spanish, German, French and Portuguese. More information and the full database are available here.

The Communication Initiative

The CI is a large network of people and organizations interested in communications for development and media development. The site also contains a number of articles and other resources on topics in communications for development.

Center for Media Literacy

CML is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally. is a platform that will document, analyze, discuss and share views on global trends and changes in media policy. It aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas amongst diverse constituencies; to establish and nourish debate from national, regional and global perspectives; and to bring ideas and recommendations to the international arena for setting standards and putting those standards to the test.

The News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project is an innovative national educational program that is mobilizing seasoned journalists to help middle school and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age.The project’s primary aim is to teach students the critical thinking skills they need to be smarter and more frequent consumers and creators of credible information across all media and platforms.

One World Media

One World Media has been working since 1987 with insiders and experts across all media, creating links to people in the fields of international development, human rights and education who share its vision for the world's media and who recognize the part the media can play in tackling issues like poverty, hunger, climate change and conflict resolution.

Internet Governance

Center for Democracy and Technology

The Center for Democracy and Technology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public policy organization and the leading Internet freedom organization working at the critical edge of policy innovation. When the Internet was in its infancy, CDT shaped the first legislative choices and court decisions that allowed this technology of freedom to flourish. Today, we are committed to finding innovative, practical and balanced solutions to the tough policy challenges facing this rapidly evolving medium.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

When freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

Journalism and Training

The Dart Center for Journalists & Trauma

Aproject of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the Dart Center “is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.” The Center organizes workshops on journalist safety.

Developing Radio Partners

DRP is a nonprofit that develops community radio stations in developing countries. The organization “is committed to building vibrant, participatory communities internationally, through the development of financially and editorially independent media services with a focus on community radio.”


IJNet keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. IJNet is produced in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Users come from more than 185 countries to improve their journalism skills, find training and further their careers. Donors and media-training groups use IJNet to publicize their work to an ever-growing community dedicated to improving journalism.

The Poynter Institute

In addition to serving as an online resource for journalists, Poynter trains journalists online and on site at its St. Petersburg, Florida campus.


Academics Programs and Research


Academics Programs and Research

Please note that there are numerous academic institutions supporting independent media development. This list is just a sampling. We welcome suggestions for additions!

American University’s School of International Service has an International Communication field as well as the more general School of Communications.

J-Lab at American University

Based at American University in Washington, DC, the J-Lab develops programs that inspire and equip news entrepreneurs, traditional media and others involved in the creation and evolution of news and information. J-Lab operates through pilot projects, innovation awards, consulting, research, learning modules and training, and funds entrepreneurial news start-ups.

Berkman Center for Internet & Society

The Berkman Center at Harvard University was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Representing a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace, Berkman produces research on, builds, and shares open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions.

Gaylord College Institute for Research and Training

Based at the University of Oklahoma, the Institute for Research and Training facilitates collaborative partnerships of faculty, students, and citizens to study and solve problems facing communities in Oklahoma and around the world involving media, communication, and civil society.

George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) has a number of faculty members that specialize in various media development issues.

Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy often publishes reports on relevant topics in media assistance.

Also at Harvard, Journalist's Resource is a Web site for journalism educators, students, and journalists. The site provides access to public policy reports and papers along with a brief overview, teaching notes and links to other relevant material. The program is a part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, which also produces reports and has developed News 21, an innovative news reporting project for students that builds on intensive content-based coursework.

Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) runs an International Reporting Project that works with U.S. journalists to encourage more international reporting.

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin is a professional training and outreach program for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean, featuring training programs that have benefited thousands of journalists and journalism professors throughout the Americas.

MIT Center for Civic Media

A product of the MIT Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Center for Civic Media works to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and practices.

New America Foundation

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Within the foundation is the Open Technology Institute (, which formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations for the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks.

Nieman Journalism Lab

A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the mission of the Nieman Lab is to investigate and chronicle the changing world of journalism in the Internet age through original reporting, analysis and incisive commentary. The lab also features a fellows program, whose participants undertake a one-year academic study at Harvard.

Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism

Established in 2004 as a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "fact tank" that conducts public opinion polling and social science research; reports news and analyzes news coverage; and holds forums and briefings. In addition to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Center’s projects are: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press; Pew Internet & American Life Project; Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life; Pew Hispanic Center; Pew Global Attitudes Project and Pew Social and Demographic Trends.

University of Georgia’s Cox Center

James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research is a unit of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The Center has held more than 125 training programs involving countries all over the world, published more than 15 research and technical reports, and conducted research on a variety of topics related to the practice of journalism around the world.

University of Pennsylvania

The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania provides international education and training in comparative media law and policy. The Center's research and policy work addresses issues of media regulation, media and democracy, measuring and evaluation of media development programs, public service broadcasting, and the media's role in conflict and post-conflict environments.

World Journalism Education Census

The World Journalism Education Council is an informal coalition representing 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. By bringing organizations from six continents together, the Council hopes to provide a common space for journalism educators from around the world and to focus on issues that are universal in the field. World Journalism Education Census database contains 2,332 journalism programs.


Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellowships

Named for Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of the Washington Post, the Alfred Friendly Press Partners fellowships offer professional international journalists the opportunity for long-term training partnerships with U.S. newsrooms.

Heinrich Boll Foundation

Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Climate Media Fellowship aims to familiarize US energy media experts with the European and German experiences and policy solutions and communicate these into the US policy debate on a local, regional and national level.

Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists at the United Nations

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists awards fellowships to professional journalists from developing countries from Africa, Asia and South America to observe ten weeks of the United Nations’ General Assembly. The fellowships are named for the U.N.’s second Secretary-General, and the fund was established as a not-for-profit organization by journalists.

Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma’s Ochberg Fellowships

The Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship is a unique seminar program for mid-career journalists who want to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, and improve reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. Since 1999 the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has offered the annual Ochberg Fellowships to outstanding midcareer journalists interesting in exploring these critical issues.

Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT

The Knight Science Journalism Program hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a nine-month fellowship for journalists to increase their understanding of science, technology, medicine and the environment.

John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University

A product of the Knight Foundation, the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships based out of Stanford University offer twenty journalists and media entrepreneurs the opportunity to delve into projects to improve the quality of news and information reaching the public.

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School is a year-long, full-time academic fellowship based at Columbia University for working journalists to hone their knowledge of business, economics and finance.

Knight-Mozilla Fellowships

Knight-Mozilla Fellowships focus on the technological intersection of the news industry and information dissemination, as part of the OpenNews program between the Knight and Mozilla Foundations. Recipients are developers and technologists who will spend one year writing code in collaboration with news outlets.

University of Maryland

Each year about a dozen journalists and other professionals travel from all over the globe to the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism for ten months of study and professional pursuits.

University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowships

A Knight-Wallace Fellowship is the rarest of opportunities: an academic year of study, reflection and growth at one of the world’s finest universities, nestled in one of the nation’s most livable cities. Each year, the fellowship brings together exceptional journalists from the U.S. and abroad to share this life-changing experience.

Yale World Fellows Program

Based out of Yale University, the Yale World Fellows Program is a semester-long fellowship for mid-career professionals in a variety of fields, including media, government, and nongovernmental organizations.