Media Emergency Fund

In March 2020, Lviv Media Forum launched a program providing financial support to media outlets that have lost a significant part of their income due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The financial crisis has put under threat the work of dozens of independent media outlets, which often serve as the only credible source of information for local communities. Thus, the Lviv Media Forum team mobilized efforts and resources to support constructive content production.

Due to the Media Emergency Fund, media outlets received funds to create a series of 4-8 solution-oriented materials as well as to pay journalists' work.  

In total, the Lviv Media Forum provided financial support to 42 editorial offices. Journalists prepared 318 materials of various genres and formats.

These were, for instance:

  • success stories of public initiatives and associations in the fight against the pandemic;
  •  manifestations of local communities solidarity;
  • stories about entrepreneurs who were able to reorganize their work during the lockdown and save jobs for their employees;
  • practical recommendations from the economists on how business could effectively cope with a crisis caused by the pandemic;
  • ways to overcome psychological and social problems caused by the quarantine restrictions;
  • examples of constructive interaction between citizens and professionals who perform their duties in extreme conditions (doctors, police, public transport drivers, representatives of retail chains, civil servants, etc.).

Follow the link to read more about constructive journalism and project results.

The program was supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, the Media Development Fund of the U.S. Embassy, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.