Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP)

Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP)

The Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) aims to build lasting relationships and cultural ties between Georgian and American media outlets via two-way professional exchanges. The program’s partnerships focus on improving journalistic, technological, and management practices among participating Georgian media professionals, who then share their new knowledge with colleagues at home.

GMPP is a nine-year program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

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The Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) aims to build lasting relationships and cultural ties between Georgian and American media outlets via two-way professional exchanges. The program’s partnerships focus on improving journalistic, technological, and management practices among participating Georgian media professionals, who then share their new knowledge with colleagues at home.

GMPP is a nine-year program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

Opportunity for Travel and Professional Development

IREX is recruiting U.S. 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

  • The program has facilitated 67 professional exchange visits between 16 Georgian TV companies, 2 radio stations, and 14 U.S. counterparts.
  • 129 Georgian and 45 American media professionals developed partnerships as a result of these exchanges. Most participants stay in touch well after program completion.
  • As a result of the program, participating Georgian TV and radio stations report improved newscasts and expanded programming, increased sales and diversified revenues, streamlined management, improved staff motivation, increased web traffic and social media engagement, among others.

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 U.S. >>

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

Goals

  • Form strong, collegial, and sustainable relationships between Georgian and U.S. 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.
IREX plays an especially big role in the development of the Georgian regional TV stations.... GMPP provides financially frail media outlets with hope for the future and an opportunity for development. Giorgi Akhalkatsi, Dia TV news producer and talk show host

Project Activities

  • Partnerships between Georgian and American stations: Each year, the program selects Georgian broadcasters through open competition, conducts detailed on-site needs assessments of each finalist, and then matches them with U.S. media outlets of relevant resources, capacity, and market size for yearlong professional partnership.
  • Exchange visits: Georgian and American media professionals 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.
  • 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.
  • Sustainable professional ties: Through partnership and reciprocal exchange visits to Georgia and the U.S., Georgian and American participants stay in touch and draw from each other’s experience after the program's completion.

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