Media Development

Since its creation in 2004, IREX Europe has worked to strengthen local and independent media, aiming to improve the sustainability, quality and accuracy of reporting.

We have worked on numerous projects to enhance the role of the media as vectors for democratisation and to support freedom of expression.

Our work in this area includes:

  • Practical training, including: video and radio production and post-production; investigative journalism; in-depth reporting; and multimedia and mobile reporting.
  • Organisational training including: management skills; leadership; audience research; marketing and promotion; and financial sustainability.
  • Training specialist journalists, including in HIV/AIDS, anti-trafficking, anti-corruption, investigative and computer-assisted reporting.
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring and international secondment activities.
  • Training and support for media lawyers including online media law distance learning tools and study tours to witness ECHR proceedings.
  • Fostering media-NGO and media-government relations and developing media associations and support institutions.
  • Core support to media in closed countries

 

 
 
EU - Media Neighbourhood Programme EU – Media Neighbourhood Programme The European Commission has officially launched Media Neighbourhood – a 3 year programme to train over 1200 journalists across 17 EU neighbouring countries and territories. IREX Europe is part of a consortium led by BBC Media Action who will deliver journalism training and networking activities.
Belarus:  Support to Freedom of Expression via Independent Broadcasting and New Media Belarus: Support to Freedom of Expression via Independent Broadcasting and New Media The 26-month project Support to freedom of expression via independent broadcasting and New Media officially launched in January 2011. The project, which focuses on radio programming production, training for journalists and civic journalism practioners, as well as developing sustainble youth-orientated civic journalism platforms, is supported by the European Union.
Belarus : Improving Media Education Belarus : Improving Media Education The 30-month international project "Belarus: Improving Media Education" was officially launched in Vilnius in May 2010. The project, which focuses on building capacity at the European Humanities University to enhance journalism skills and create TV programming, is supported by the EU and is implemented jointly by IREX Europe and its partners the BBC World Service Trust (BBCWST) and the European Humanities University (EHU).
Georgia : Development of Media Monitoring Capacities Georgia : Development of Media Monitoring Capacities The IREX Europe/Memo 98 project 'Development of Media Monitoring Capacities in Georgia', funded by EU, assesses the capacities of Civil Society Organizations in media monitoring, designs curriculum tailored to their needs and conducts trainings according to the developed methodology.
Central Asia: Fostering a Culture of Human Rights Central Asia: Fostering a Culture of Human Rights The Fostering a Culture of Human Rights in Central Asia project, funded by European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights funds (EIDHR), aims at advancing the rights of women in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan by equipping journalists with the skills necessary to raise awareness of their situation and hold policy-makers to account
Georgia : "Making Waves: A Community Radio Project" Georgia : “Making Waves: A Community Radio Project” Through the Making Waves: A Community Radio Project in Georgia, IREX Europe in partnership with the BBC World Service Trust and the Tbilisi-based Association Studio Re, the country’s first two independent community radio stations were established. The stations, in the ethnic enclaves of Ninotsminda (Javakheti) and Marneuli (Kvemo Kartli), broadcast predominantly in minority languages (Armenian, Georgian, and Russian) and are run by a core team of local journalists with significant input from volunteers both on the programming and managerial side.