Through our work, we generate a wealth of data, observations, case studies and best practices related to innovation in journalism. However, we rarely had the opportunity to gather all this knowledge in one place and share it more widely than we do it now, through a variety of formats and channels, with those who need information on innovations in journalism, primarily journalists and media entrepreneurs, but also researchers, policymakers and other interested parties.
To respond to this problem, CMDS has launched Journalism Breakthroughs, a project aimed at more methodically collecting data and information about innovation in journalism and improving the ways (formats, channels and frequency) in which it packages and disseminates this content for much broader consumption than we generate now.
This project is strategically important for CMDS as knowledge sharing is one of the center’s three main lines of work (research and policy analysis being the other two). By knowledge sharing we mean a complex set of activities all aimed at making knowledge generated by research available to interested parties as well as the general public.
Journalism Breakthroughs will be part of our larger knowledge sharing line of work whose two main goals in the next three years are the following:
Increase the quantity and quality of CMDS’ journalistic content output using the findings generated through our research activities (i.e. Media Influence Matrix, or outcomes of CMDS’ annual summer school on topics related to journalism innovation such as funding models and trust in journalism, etc.). These activities are already practice-oriented and have a strong focus on under-researched and under-served regions (the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Latin America, MENA, Southeast Asia etc.). By focusing on innovation in journalism, this project aims to collect examples, best practices and lessons from a more diverse set of contexts to enrich the knowledge about innovation in journalism.
Increase the outreach of this content, particularly in regions where information on these issues is scarce (in line with the center’s strategic focus on countries in less developed countries, mostly outside Western Europe and US), and explore and circulate internationally related ideas and experiences generated in these regions.
We focus on three main categories within journalism, in which innovation plays a huge role:
innovations in operation
innovations in journalistic tools
innovations in content
Learn more about each category by clicking on the links below.