Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP)

Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP)

The Ukraine Media Partnership Program develops the Ukrainian media sector’s professionalism and sustainability by creating and fostering long-term professional relationships between US and Ukrainian media outlets via exchanges and individual consulting. UMPP partnerships have focused on improving the quality of journalism, strengthening websites, and building stronger business management practices.

Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP)

The Ukraine Media Partnership Program develops the Ukrainian media sector’s professionalism and sustainability by creating and fostering long-term professional relationships between US and Ukrainian media outlets via exchanges and individual consulting. UMPP partnerships have focused on improving the quality of journalism, strengthening websites, and building stronger business management practices.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2002, UMPP has hosted 200 Ukrainian journalists and media managers in the United States from 38 newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, online portals, and investigative agencies.
  • The Ukrainian outlets have worked with more than 25 media outlets across the United States, from which more than 100 American journalists and media managers traveled to Ukraine to consult with their partners.

Goals

  • Enhance the business and journalism skills of independent media to improve sustainability and professionalism.
  • Expand Ukrainian media's positive role in informing citizens about political, economic, and social issues.
  • Develop strong partnership between Ukrainian and US media outlets to foster longer-term relationships for advice and consulting after program activities end.
The real-time communication with the top management and staff at Schurz Communications Inc. was the most useful for our side, as it helped us to grasp the corporate spirit of the American company and its determination to reach the set goals. Yevhen Shepitko, Chief Editor, TV Publishing Company Noviy Den’ (Kirovograd, Ukraine)

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Project Activities

  • Partnerships between US and Ukrainian media outlets: IREX pairs Ukrainian media organizations with US media organizations for mutual staff exchanges. The professional interaction enhances the skills of the Ukrainian partners through practical, on-site collaboration, and the sharing of best practices in the following areas:

    • Business management, including advertising, sales, distribution, and human resources
    • Journalism, including community journalism, investigative reporting, audience interaction, and coverage of political, economic, and social issues in the community
    • New technologies, including internet, mobile applications, and video- and audio-streaming software
  •  Internet training: UMPP provides extensive assistance in designing and maintaining websites, developing professional sales presentations, and improving online journalism.
  • Lectures with young journalists: UMPP organizes lectures with US media professionals for journalism students and departments in local universities.

Partners

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US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine

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