WAN-IFRA is honoured to approach our 10th year of partnership with the Foreign Ministry”, said Melanie Walker, Executive Director for Media Development & Women in News. “The mentoring exchange initiative between Norwegian editors and our programme media partners recognises the value of peer support from within the industry to tackle shared issues and to learn from each other about how to build financially healthier and more inclusive newsrooms. We could not have achieved this without our partner MBL, whose active support was essential to recruit the more than 10 Norwegian editors contributing their time and expertise to support this initiative.

In April 2023, WAN-IFRA signed a 3-year partnership agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, totalling 17 million NOK (1.45 Million Euros). The partnership will run through March 2026 and target media in Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, The Philippines, Uganda, and Vietnam, focusing on the themes of safety, gender equality & inclusion, and financial health.

More than ever, media need to work together, sharing experiences and innovation throughout the world. Mentoring programmes like this allow Norwegian media to learn from and also share with their peers in other markets. These connections are essential today given the rise in challenges to media freedom such as disinformation, safety of journalists and perpetual economic disruption within the sector.” said Randi Øgrey, CEO of MBL, the Norwegian Media Business Association.

While in Olso, participating editors Southeast Asia and East Central Africa will also attend the WAN-IFRA Newsroom Summit, where they will convene with 140 of their counterparts drawn from 37 countries for two days of learning and conversation around the biggest challenges facing editors today.

Contact and Inquiries

Melanie Walker, Executive Director for Media Development & Women in News, WAN-IFRA | melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org

About WAN-IFRA. The World Association of News Publishers is the global organisation of the world’s press. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. We provide our members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 60 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. See more at: wan-ifra.org.

WAN-IFRA’s primary mission is to defend press freedom and promote sustainable, financially viable media. Three strategic aims guide our Media Freedom work: Advocacy, Media Development, and Media Sustainability. The Media Freedom division supports sustainable independent media in emerging and transitional markets, leveraging expertise, knowledge, and networks from within the industry while advocating for the fundamental rights and freedoms that underpin a free and independent press. Read more.

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