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


Georgia : Media Strengthening Programme Georgia : Media Strengthening Programme IREX Europe is implementing the 18-month Independent Media Strengthening Programme for Georgia in collaboration with the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), key Georgian media experts, the Georgian Regional Media Association and the Civic Development Institute, the project will support the independent media’s role in a hoped for “second wave of democratization” in Georgia.
Kosovo : Support to Kosovo Media Institute (Phase II) Kosovo : Support to Kosovo Media Institute (Phase II) The European Commission-funded Support to Kosovo Media Institute project aims through the Kosovo Media Institute to contribute to the development of high editorial standards for print and broadcast media and facilitate a free, responsible and sustainable media landscape according to European standards as Kosovo works toward the goal of entry into the European Union.
Serbia : Technical Assistance to Radio Television Serbia (RTS) Serbia : Technical Assistance to Radio Television Serbia (RTS) The IREX Europe Technical Assistance to Radio Television Serbia (RTS) project assists the station in its transition to true public service broadcasting through consulting on financial management, sales and marketing strategies, as well as professional development opportunities for journalists.
Serbia: Support for Media Capacity in the Area of EU Integration Serbia: Support for Media Capacity in the Area of EU Integration The Support for Media Capacity in the Area of EU Integration project, funded by the European Commission, aims at strengthening the role of the media as Serbia works to make the changes it needs to join the European Union. The project will provide technical assistance to local media in Serbia to enhance their capacity to inform the public about the many aspects of EU integration. IREX Europe is implementing the project as part of a consortium led by the BBC World Service Trust (Britain) and in partnership with Mreza PG Production Group (Serbia) and LDK Consultants Engineers and Planners (Greece).
Worldwide - EU Framework Contract Worldwide – EU Framework Contract IREX Europe is currently involved in the EC's Framework Contract Lot 7 which focuses on Culture, Governance and Home Affairs, through Human Rights, Democracy and Institutional Strengthening
Yemen : Camera as Voice Yemen : Camera as Voice IREX Europe and IREX, working with the Youth Leadership Development Foundation, based in Sana’a, will train youth organizations in Aden, Taiz, Hadramot, and Ibb to build their capacity to offer youth training and leadership programs. The young people’s films will be woven together to produce professional documentary serving as a “tapestry” of young Yemenis’ views on these issues.