Ukrainian local media aid and rebuilding fund supported by the world's leading media organizations

772 000,00
Raised support so far

Mission

The Fund was launched in solidarity with the journalists and photographers reporting every day from the frontlines in Ukraine. Its main goal is to mobilize international support - both financial and material - for local media outlets in Ukraine.

Oksana Brovko - CEO at Association
of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine

IDEA

Ukrainian Media Fund

Founding
Partners

The Project was created and is financially supported by the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation along with partnering organizations from media companies in Nordic countries: Bonnier News, Swedish Media Publishers’ Association, Association of Danish Media (Dagspressens Fond / Danske Medier), Finnish Media Federation, News Media Finland, and Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association.

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How does the fund support Ukrainian journalists?

First and foremost, we are focusing on providing financial support to Ukrainian media outlets. Due to the ongoing brutal Russian invasion, Ukrainian companies have drastically reduced their media advertising budgets. Ukrainians are fighting for their lives and fleeing their homes, and the wartime economy is organized around the provision of basic goods and supporting the military.

As a result, the business model of Ukrainian media collapsed entirely. They can hardly count on any income, which makes it exceedingly difficult to cover their expenses, including paying their journalists. Journalists are therefore deprived of means of living. To help redress this situation, our Fund offers to cover their salaries. In addition, we help organize relocation of media representatives and their families to other European countries.

The Fund also provides material support. We organize shipments of special bulletproof vests for journalists operating in war zones, as well as helmets, goggles, first aid kits, and other equipment requested by journalists who are on the ground.

Last but not least, the Fund aims to provide long-term financing and infrastructure for the purpose of rebuilding Ukrainian media in the aftermath of war.

About the Fund

For the rebuilding phase of the program, we plan to offer fellowships at Scandinavian and Polish media. Their goal will be to provide Ukrainian journalists and editors with an opportunity to work and exchange knowledge with their Polish and Scandinavian counterparts and form networks for future collaboration. We will support up to 12 media outlets in four regions of Ukraine to help them get back on their feet. We intend to provide trauma therapy sessions for Ukrainian journalists and editors to assist with their recovery.

Areas of help
Joanna Krawczyk - President of the Board, Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation

01

Ensure

that the local media outlets in Ukraine, especially in war zones, have sufficient operational budgets to continue with their work

02

Equip

journalists with protective and communication gear

03

Support

cooperation between Ukrainian and other European media

04

Provide

long-term financing and infrastructure for the purpose of rebuilding Ukrainian media in the aftermath of war

NEWS

More about

Ukrainian Media Fund

Ukrainian Media Fund and International News Media Association unveils new scholarship programme

The International News Media Association (INMA) will support the Ukrainian Media Fund with extensive training for Ukrainian journalists. During the ”Media Innovation Week” in Copenhagen, INMA announced a new partnership with the Ukrainian Media Fund in order to offer corporate memberships to newspapers in Ukraine.INMA First Vice President Gert Ysebaert, CEO of Belgium-based Mediahuis, told the more than 300 delegates from 36 countries in Copenhagen that INMA supports journalism-based local media companies in Ukraine under unprecedented assault by war:

”Journalism is indispensable in a well-functioning society,” Ysebaert said. “It’s critical now more than ever. How can we contribute with the strength of INMA? The first thing we can do, a modest step, is introducing a scholarship for media companies in Ukraine, offering them a free membership with everything that comes with this membership — support, Webinars, master classes. There are very urgent needs — money, helmets, newsprint — but in the long-term, they will also need to build up a viable business model. And that is where we can help. This is where INMA can step in.”

INMA will support newspapers, selected by the Ukrainian Media Fund, with key trainings related to subscriptions, digital advertising, data, product and newsroom innovation.

“The knowledge and resources of INMA will be offered to newspapers in Ukraine for free, as they enter the next phase in our support to local journalists fighting the information war with independent reporting”, Mads Brandstrup, the CEO of Danske Medier, one of the founding organisations of the Ukrainian Media Fund, said in Copenhagen.

Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation and its Ukrainian Media Fund awarded the 2022 Golden Pen of Freedom

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Gazeta Wyborcza and the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation in Poland. The award, made during the 2022 World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain recognises “a news organisation that stands as a beacon of independence and as a bulwark against authoritarianism; a paper of record that demonstrates its values daily, across its pages, through support to young journalists, in the promotion of local news, and through work across borders in solidarity with colleagues in need.” The Award to Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation recognises the work within Ukrainian Media Fund coordinating critical financial and technical support to Ukrainian colleagues from across Europe following the Russian invasion

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NETWORK

Map of
the network

We decided to focus on regional and local outlets to ensure that our help goes where other significant media assistance organizations might not get involved. To achieve this goal, we are working together with a number of Ukrainian associations that bring together local and regional media outlets. We are distributing Funds and equipment directly to:

ALLIES

Ukrainian Media Fund

Supporters of
The Fund

The Fund has so far received support from the following European media and cultural organizations: European Cultural Foundation, Swedish television T4, Sanoma Media Finland, A-lehdet Oy and HSS Media from Finland, Norwegian media groups: Polaris and NHST and TV2. Alongside Berlingske Media, National Union of Journalists in the UK, Axel Johnson, JP Politikens Hus, TELIA COMPANY AB and Swedish Stiftelsen Skelleftepress. Many other institutional and individual Donors joined our cause as well.

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IMPACT

Beneficents

Effects
and testimonials

The photographers and journalists who are on the front lines are receiving protection gear, first aid kits, and electronic equipment from the Fund.

Areas of need targeted by the Fund
  • Purchase of equipment for remote work: laptops, telephones, power banks and payment for mobile internet
  • Protective equipment (body armor, helmets)
  • Financial support for journalists working in the war zone
  • When necessary - the cost of relocation of editorial offices and journalists
  • Co-working spaces for journalists
  • Purchasing equipment for local newsrooms for multimedia work
  • Creating new or upgrading existing editorial sites
Beneficiaries

Media development and support organisations in Ukraine: Lviv Media Forum, AIRPU, UMBA and NUJU:

  • 335 journalists from 45 independent media outlets selected by partner media organisations in Ukraine: ChMG, Tsentr media, Vydavnychyi dim “Ogo”, RIA Media Vinnytsia, RIA Media Ternopil, RIA - Koziatyn LTD Khmelnytskyi, RIA - Koziatyn LTD Koziatyn, Vydavnychyi dim “Pryvatna hazeta”, RH Hryvna, Santars Zaporizhzhya, Santars Polohy, Redaktsiya Ye, Persha mis'ka kompaniya, Molodyi bukovynets, Khazyajin, Obozrevatel, Glavcom, Ukrayinsʹki Novyny, The Page/SPEKA Ukrayina moloda, Visti Prydniprov’ya, TAK TV, Leopolis, Procherk , Cherkaskyi krai Volynʹ post, Chernihivsʹkyy visnyk, RАІ, Novyny, Sarnensʹki novyny , Rokytnivshchyny Novynar , Tatarbunarsʹkyy visnyk, Kreminchina, Popasnianskyi visnyk, Prapor peremogy, Rodnoi Gorod, Silska novyna, Chervonyi promin, Karavan, Novyi den, Slobidskyii kraii, Toloka, Troitske.city, Zaporiz'ka Pravda

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Ukrainian Media Fund

Support the Fund

The initiator of the Fund, the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, is registered in Poland as a nonprofit organization, which therefore allows the donations to be tax-exempt.

    For any further information, please contact Joanna Krawczyk, the President of the Board of Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation.

  • Account holder: Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation
    Czerska Street 8/10, 00-732 Warsaw, Poland

    PLN PL92 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0538
    EUR PL29 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0605
    SEK PL73 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0589
    USD PL90 1090 1056 0000 0001 5001 0574

    BANK: Santander Bank Polska S.A.
    BIC/SWIFT: WBKPPLPP
    Donation for Ukrainian Media Fund