Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP)

Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP)


Since 2002, the Ukraine Media Partnership Program (UMPP) has developed the Ukrainian media sector’s professionalism and sustainability by creating and fostering long-term professional relationships between U.S. and Ukrainian media outlets.

Through exchanges and individual consulting, UMPP partnerships focus on improving the quality of journalism, strengthening websites, and building stronger business management practices.

UMPP is sponsored 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 Ukraine.

Quick Facts

  • More than 50 partnerships have been created between American and Ukrainian media outlets.
  • More than 300 Ukrainian journalists and media managers received training hosted by 31 media organizations across the U.S.
  • 150 American journalists and media managers have traveled to Ukraine to consult with their Ukrainian partners, providing mentoring and sharing best practices.


  • 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 U.S. media outlets to foster longer-term relationships for advice and consulting after program activities end.
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Project Activities

  • Partnerships between U.S. and Ukrainian media outlets: The program pairs Ukrainian media organizations with U.S. media organizations for staff exchanges. The professional interaction enhances the skills of the Ukrainian partners through practical, on-site collaboration, and the sharing of best practices in areas such as business management, investigative reporting, and mobile applications.
  • Internet training: The program provides extensive assistance to Ukrainian media outlets in designing and maintaining websites, developing professional sales presentations, and improving online journalism.
  • Lectures with young journalists: Staff organize lectures with visiting U.S. media professionals for journalism students and departments in Ukrainian universities.


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