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
|Unlocking Journalism Resilience: Adapting a Digital Business Model to Promote Press Freedom||2019||Global||WAN-IFRA|
|How the UNC-Duke rivalry helped two nonprofit student newspapers collaborate — and make revenue||2019||United States of America||Perel, E. and Beck, C.|
|Lessons in Innovation: How International News Organisations Combat Disinformation Through Mission-Driven Journalism||2019||Global||Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism||Posetti, J. et al.|
|Big Data, Not Big Brother: New Data Protection Laws and the Implications for Independent Media Around the World||2019||Global||Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)||Férdeline, A.|
|How to Make it Easier for Readers to Subscribe||2019||Canada||Facebook Journalism Project||Grant, D.|
|Hungary: Conclusions of the Joint International Press Freedom Mission||2019||Hungary||Article19||International Press Institute (IPI), Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPFM), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO).|
|Digital Journalism and New Business Models||2019||Europe||European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)||Bittner, A.K.|
|Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Newspaper Closures on Public Finance||2019||United States of America||Gao, P. et al.|
|Digital Media Inequalities: Policies Against Divides, Distrust and Discrimination||2019||Global||Euromedia Research Group||Trappel, J. (ed.)|
|More than Money! Rethinking Media Viability in the Digital Age||2019||Global||Deutsche Welle Akademie|
|‘Adaptability is in our DNA’: how our partners make independent journalism pay||2019||Nicaragua, Pakistan, Ukraine||Free Press Unlimited|
|Fighting for Survival: Media Startups in the Global South||2019||Global||Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)||Schiffrin, A.|