Getting Journalism MADE

Journalism and the Internet have a complicated relationship. While opening up the world to news content and sources it has been blamed for much of the decline in revenues at news organisations. Project MADE from UCLan is aimed at embracing the web and looking at ways to make digital journalism projects sustainable.

A recent winner of the International Press Institute’s inaugural News Innovation Contest, the project will equip digital entrepreneurs from Europe and the Middle East with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to create a new media enterprise. Importantly it will teach them the business skills and expertise necessary to grow and maintain commercial success.

Project Leader and Director of the Journalism Leaders Programme at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at UCLan François Nel said: “This innovative scheme that offers participants the opportunity to grow the knowledge and skills required to create and maintain a commercially successful and sustainable news media enterprise.”

The project will operate in three phases. First, 60 news entrepreneurs in the UK and Turkey will be giving training in data journalism, community management and digital business development. Then 10 high potential projects will be selected for specific software training, further business support and personal mentoring. Finally the experiences of the project participants will be shared through detailed case studies and presentations. Entrepreneurs will be encouraged to share their knowledge and experience and gain invaluable insights from their peers.

MADE is actively seeking projects to help with. If you have a media startup that needs funding, mentoring or both  you can contact them via the submission form on the blog or email The deadline for submissions is March 31st.

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