The Eastern Partnership region has been affected during the last 20 years by political and economic instability. The population of these countries has been subjected to social insecurity, radical changes of paradigms and social status.
One of the greatest challenges the Georgian media houses face is financial stability. They are more dependent on donor money, and are not able to cover their expenses from advertising revenues. The advertisement market is too small and too politicised. There are issues with the quality of journalism and there is a profound need to increase both management and journalistic skills.
Fojo intends to reinforce existing networks In Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and other eastern European countries through connecting them with national professional networks. Individual media organisations will stand stronger in their efforts to advocate for free, independent, professional media. Additionally, the networks will be essential to further develop vital skills in management, technical and journalistic performance.
Assistance to improve media management and business models is closely connected to digital solutions. The solutions will be tailored to the needs of each selected media house. Fojo’s work in this region will be focused on improving journalism quality and reducing costs.
Challenges for independent news media houses are both profound and global and thus valid for all countries targeted in the Fojo programme. There is hence a deeply felt need to exchange experiences and engage in broad discussions on how independent media can overcome these challenges and we are hoping to offer forums and places for this kind of exchange between media professionals.