Media development organisations

Generally, in Ukraine it is hard to distinguish a separate class of organisations that would have media development as their sole purpose. It would rather be fair to say that media development, as a goal and practice, exists at the intersection of numerous NGOs’ activities. For instance, there is the already mentioned watchdog Detector Media. It is involved in media development, but the main practices it resorts to are scrupulous monitoring and harsh criticism. Hence, it makes media want to improve themselves rather than being a source of funding/training/promoting/etc. itself. To cite another one, the Institute of Mass Information is primarily a think tank, and media development is only another of its activities.

However, there are also NGOs that are exclusively involved in media development. Some good examples are Information Security, Internews Network, Internews Ukraine and Instytut rozvytku regionalnoyi presy (Institute for Development of Regional Press). The Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers is an organisation determined to keep print media in existence. Finally, there is a number of programmes/organisations, established by foreign embassies/international organisations. For instance, the US Embassy has a Media Development Fund, funneling money to the development of media and media-related NGOs. Another good example is the already mentioned OPEN Media Hub, established by the EU within the framework of its Neighbourhood Policy.