Media Impact Funders Releases New Report on Global Media Philanthropy

March 27, 2019

The report, with contribution of CMDS Director Marius Dragomir, highlights data, trends and pressing issues facing the field, and what funders can do moving forward.

As the world faces extraordinary challenges and ever more interconnected economic, social and communications systems, media plays a key role in addressing and shaping the most pressing issues of our time, which makes global media philanthropy increasingly important. It impacts which communities have a voice, the quality of available information, and the kinds of stories people share.

According to Media Impact Funders, while the funding landscape for U.S.-based philanthropies investing in media is well-documented, the picture for international philanthropy is far less clear.

To help shed some light, Media Impact Funders released a new report written by consultants Sarah Armour-Jones and Jessica Clark, Global Media Philanthropy: What Funders Need to Know About Data, Trends and Pressing Issues Facing the Field. The report was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The research in the report draws on a variety of sources: data from the media data map through 2015, results from a survey of leading organizations engaged in funding media-related projects around the world, analyses of existing literature and reports, and insights offered by experts across a range of media funding issues.

CMDS Director Marius Dragomir also contributed to the report with the essay “For Funders Working Inside of Hostile Nations, Sometimes the Only Solution Is to Leave”.

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