Media viability

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.

What is Media Viability?

An introduction to media viability: the definition and framework used to approach media viability in this resource guide as well as a summary of the current viability of the media sector.

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What Can a Media Outlet Do to Boost its Viability?

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.

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Support

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.

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Evidence base: Media viability

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Source Year Country Organisation Author
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.