Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP)

Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP)

GMPP is an eight-year program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State through the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Tbilisi. GMPP aims to build strong and lasting relationships and cultural ties between Georgian and American broadcasters via two-way professional exchanges. GMPP partnerships focus on improving journalistic, technological, and management practices among Georgian participant station staff, who then share their new knowledge with colleagues at home.

Georgian Media Partnership Program

GMPP is an eight-year program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State through the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Tbilisi. GMPP aims to build strong and lasting relationships and cultural ties between Georgian and American broadcasters via two-way professional exchanges. GMPP partnerships focus on improving journalistic, technological, and management practices among Georgian participant station staff, who then share their new knowledge with colleagues at home.

Opportunity for Travel and Professional Development

IREX is recruiting US media outlets that are interested in international media exchange opportunities.

This is a fully funded international travel and coaching opportunity for media practitioners who are interested in providing their staff international exposure.

Quick Facts

  • GMPP has facilitated 55 partnership exchange visits between 14 Georgian TV companies, 2 radio stations, and their US counterparts.
  • Partnerships brought together 116 Georgian and 35 American production, marketing, promotion, sales, and media management professionals. Participants often stay in touch well after program completion.
  • Partnerships between Georgian broadcasters and their US colleagues have resulted in the following achievements of our local participant TV and radio stations:
    •  Improved newscasts and expanded programming
    • Increased sales and diversified revenues
    • Streamlined management
    • Improved staff motivation and qualifications
    • Increased web traffic and social media engagement
    • Improved cross-promotion and marketing
    • Increased visibility through engagement in community events
    • Successful transition from analogue to digital broadcasting

Watch how GMPP builds partnerships between Georgian and American media outlets

 

Watch more Erie News Now coverage of GMPP >>

Watch WTOL TV's coverage of GMPP and hosting Georgians in the US >>

Watch Business Media Georgia's coverage of GMPP and their US partnership with WJCT >> (Georgian)

Goals

Support the professional development of the Georgian media through partnerships with US media outlets. Three program objectives advance this goal:

  • Form strong, collegial, and sustainable relationships between Georgian and US media outlets, resulting in improved practices among Georgian stations
  • Equip Georgian media professionals with cutting-edge knowledge they can share with peers at home
  • Improve participants’ understanding of each other’s culture, society, and values
At various stages of my journalistic career, I have participated in many interesting projects, but IREX’s GMPP project turned out to be special and different from all the others due to its content and scale. Teona Gogua, regional news producer, Georgian Public Broadcaster’s Ajara TV

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Project Activities

  • Building partnership between Georgian and American stations: Each year, GMPP selects Georgian broadcasters through open competition, conducts detailed on-site needs assessments of each finalist, and then matches them with US media outlets of relevant resources, capacity, and market size for yearlong professional partnership.
  • Organizing exchange visits: Georgian and American broadcasters participate in reciprocal weeklong exchanges over the course of a year to improve the journalistic, technological, and business management practices of the independent Georgian broadcasters.
  • Encouraging information sharing: Program participants engage in peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, annual roundtable meetings, and professional association gatherings. They also build professional relationships among themselves.
  • Facilitating sustainable professional ties: Through partnership and reciprocal exchange visits to Georgia and the US, Georgian and American participants stay in touch and draw from each other’s experience after the program's completion.

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