IREX is working with program partners and media organizations to fully define and design activities. They will include:
- Advocacy Partner Training: Trainings will support journalists’ unions and advocacy groups, especially those outside Colombo, with technical support for grassroots campaigns, social media advocacy, and micro-grants. MEND will hold three-day advocacy support trainings on key issues in media reform and will seek new and non-traditional partners to reinvigorate networks.
- MediaCohorts Program: Three cohorts of five to six media outlets will be paired with media mentors to receive training on rigorous research and innovative storytelling techniques, aimed at surfacing sidelined issues and unheard voices. Each cohort will also include a political component to ensure the stories they produce will be immediately applicable to the current political context.
- Gender charter for media: The first of its kind in Sri Lanka, the charter will establish minimum standards, principles, and actions to support gender equality in media. It will outline practical steps to support the achievement of equality in media workplaces, journalists’ organizations, and media itself.
- Sri Lanka MediaCorp Fellowship Program: Journalists are paired with peers from other linguistic, ethnic, or religious backgrounds in Sri Lanka. Journalists work collaboratively for approximately 10 days on stories that focus on transitional justice, social cohesion, and national integration issues.