Independent media around the world are struggling to continue their existence and remain independent. The changing media market, a decline in the trust in media, government interference in the working of media, or attacks on journalists are all affecting the ability of media outlets to earn revenue and conduct independent reporting. ‘Media viability’ refers to all factors that influence the (continued) existence of independent media outlets.
The resource guide contains information on what media viability is in general, as well as on media viability issues that are inside the direct sphere of influence of media outlets. The concept media viability is however much broader than this. To navigate quickly to the sections of your interest, please consult the navigator below.
In this section you find information on the factors that are in the sphere of influence of media outlets. Here the focus is on best practices that arise from the research on a media business’ operating model, business model, relationship with the audience and quality of content. Also, this section summarises the research conducted by Free Press Unlimited on the income models of media in challenging environments.
Lots of practical information that can help media with the development of their business models, including links to accelerators and media labs around the world, guides and toolkits, and also more information about Roadmap for Media Growth – Free Press Unlimited’s toolkit for business model development.
Evidence base: Media viability
|Radios in the post-pandemic world – tools and strategies to confront the new normal||2020||Latin America||Deutsche Welle Akademie||Binder, I. & Gago, S.|
|Media Turn to Engagement and Creativity to Confront COVID Crisis||2020||Global||Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)||Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)|
|Myanmar’s Media Response to COVID-19: A Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) Survey||2020||Myanmar||Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)||Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)|
|Central African Republic: Coronavirus and the Media||2020||Central African Republic||European Journalism Observatory||Leroy, M.|
|The Splice Lights On Survey Shows That Over 40% of Media Orgs Expect to Start Cutting Jobs in the Next 12 Months||2020||Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Philippines, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, United States of America, Vietnam||Splice||Soon, A.|
|Launching a membership program: Lessons from the frontline||2020||South Africa||Daily Maverick||Charalambous, S.|
|Media Influence Matrix Georgia||2020||Georgia||Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS)||Jangiani, G.|
|New Video Series Examines Best Practices for Making Investigative Journalism Sustainable||2020||Global||Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)||Koch, A.|
|Journalism & the Pandemic: A Global Snapshot of Impacts||2020||Global||International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) & Tow Center for Digital Journalism||Posetti, J. et al.|
|When Covering a Crisis, Should Your Content be Free?||2020||Global||International Journalists' Network (IJNet)||Fritsch, M.|
|Income Models of Independent Media in Difficult Contexts||2020||Global||Free Press Unlimited||Schot, E.|
|Building Regional Strategies for Media Development in the Middle East and North Africa||2020||MENA||Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)||el-Issawi, F. & Benequista, N.|