Being a press freedom hero can be a lonely business. Under constant financial – and sometimes physical – threat, independent journalists in oppressive countries often feel that they have to solve every problem on their own. But it doesn’t have to be like this. MDLF believes that media companies are the best source of advice for one another and fosters a community of clients that shares its most successful solutions.
Your gift will pay for a media leader to spend one day with a colleague who has found a solution to a common problem. For example, independent publisher Altapress from the Siberia region of Russia helped Krestyanin newspaper in Rostov-on-Don develop a publishing structure that provided it with a solid economic foundation from which to grow. In return, Altapress drew inspiration from Krestyanin’s editorial innovations to launch a thriving niche publication. This peer-to-peer support helped build the financial independence – and consequently the editorial independence – of both news outlets. Your gift can bring great journalists together to share practical solutions and provide mutual inspiration.