Emergency Media Support Program from Lviv Media Forum: Who and How Can Get Help

Lviv Media Forum together with donors and partners has been implementing the Emergency Media Support Program during the war since 24th of February.

“In January we created an emergency plan for Ukrainian journalists. We realized that in case of full-scale invasion Lviv would become a shelter for hundreds of media workers and their families. Therefore, we discussed with the main donors the possibility of reallocating resources from current projects to media rescue activities in case of state of war.

Preliminary preparation gave us an opportunity to launch that plan immediately – right after the first news about bombing of Ukrainian cities in the morning of February 24,” Olga Myrovych, CEO of Lviv Media Forum.

In three months, from 24th of February to 30th of May, our team managed to close 105 requests. It includes:

  • financial assistance for 42 editorial boards;
  • 68 units of equipment for 15 newsrooms;
  • shelter and a place to work in Lviv for 182 people;
  • digital security assistance for 26 media;
  • psychological help for 4 media.

Since the beginning of the Emergency Media Support Program, Lviv Media Forum have been helping newsrooms and journalists 24/7 via both phone and email. Our team has now developed practices which help to select media and journalists for support. Ukrainian independent online media have become a priority for assistance.

As a part of Emergency Media Support Program, Ukrainian editorial boards and journalists can get:

  • shelter in Lviv: a place to stay, shower, laundry, food;
  • a place to work in a hub at Lviv with the Internet and charging stations;
  • individual consultations and support of professional psychologists;
  • cybersecurity consultations, site protection;
  • help with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter requests;
  • bulletproof vests, helmets, first-aid kits;
  • financial support for hosting and content production;
  • work equipment;
  • SEO consultations;
  • consultations on fundraising.

Media which meet following criterias can receive assistance from the organization:

  • at least 2 years of experience on UA market
  • they’re still working or ready to resume their work 
  • they create original content of significant public interest
  • they don’t share or promote pro-Russian narratives as well as Russian propaganda
  • they have a valid reputation in the media circle
  • we also take into account our own experience of cooperation with those media in programs and projects of Lviv Media Forum.

To get help send a request to info@lvivmediaforum.com. You have to indicate the subject of the letter: “Emergency Media Support Program: a request from the NAME OF YOUR MEDIA”. You will receive a response within 3 business days.

For any additional information contact us anytime via phone: +380505041590.

The Emergency Media Support Program is implemented in cooperation with International Renaissance Foundation, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Prague Civil Society Centre, USAID – US Agency for International Development, International Media Support (IMS), Deutsche Welle Akademie and n-ost.

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