Meeting the Challenge

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As our global commons increasingly moves to digital tools and platforms, we are experiencing a global crisis in trust – in government, institutions, media and each other.  

We are also experiencing acceleration in the spread of “fake news”, including propaganda, hate speech and misinformation.
 
These massive challenges are the most tangible symptoms of a profound disruption in human communication. 

The transition to digital tools and platforms has irrevocably altered the way we produce and consume news, information and content around the world. This phenomenon hits local media particularly hard, undermining the sustainable creation of quality news, increasing distrust in media, and exacerbating the “post truth” environment, particularly in markets where news organizations are operating with low capacity or under threat.

This is a shared, global crisis that will grow in magnitude as the next 3 billion people come online. 
 
We must work now to support local media, ensuring that all communities are empowered with the capacity to produce and engage with quality, trusted and inclusive information that illuminates lives and enables informed decisions.

Our Stakeholders

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United for News believes that the challenge facing local news and information demands systemic interventions that require cooperation by a range of stakeholders. These range from the global media industry to international brands, and from mobile operators, technology platforms and advertisers to the local media organizations struggling to survive across the world. 


 For nearly 35 years, Internews has worked to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. They envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

For nearly 35 years, Internews has worked to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. They envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

 Born in 1981, Bloomberg is a forward-looking company focused on building products and solutions that are needed for the 21st century. As a global information and technology company, Bloomberg connects decision makers to a dynamic network of data, people and ideas – accurately delivering business and financial information, news and insights to customers around the world.

Born in 1981, Bloomberg is a forward-looking company focused on building products and solutions that are needed for the 21st century. As a global information and technology company, Bloomberg connects decision makers to a dynamic network of data, people and ideas – accurately delivering business and financial information, news and insights to customers around the world.

 Vodafone Group is a British multinational telecommunications company that predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Vodafone owns and operates networks in 26 countries and has partner networks in over 50 additional countries and Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to corporate clients in 150 countries.

Vodafone Group is a British multinational telecommunications company that predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Vodafone owns and operates networks in 26 countries and has partner networks in over 50 additional countries and Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to corporate clients in 150 countries.

 Polis is the London School of Economics’ (LSE’s) media think-tank, based in the Department of Media and Communications and aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society.

Polis is the London School of Economics’ (LSE’s) media think-tank, based in the Department of Media and Communications and aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society.

 Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is a network of journalism support and media assistance groups established in 2005 in Amman, Jordan. The GFMD’s core value is to support the creation and strengthening of journalism and free, independent, sustainable and pluralistic news ecosystems. Its main focus is to ensure proper collaboration and  an exchange of information and experience among its members with a view to creating a strong, independent and pluralistic media environment, which contributes to the development of empowered societies.

Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is a network of journalism support and media assistance groups established in 2005 in Amman, Jordan. The GFMD’s core value is to support the creation and strengthening of journalism and free, independent, sustainable and pluralistic news ecosystems. Its main focus is to ensure proper collaboration and  an exchange of information and experience among its members with a view to creating a strong, independent and pluralistic media environment, which contributes to the development of empowered societies.

 The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. MDIF invests in media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

The Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. MDIF invests in media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

 Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share our commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today. They are focused on five key areas that are building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open societies: Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.

Omidyar Network invests in entrepreneurs who share our commitment to advancing social good at the pace and scale the world needs today. They are focused on five key areas that are building blocks for prosperous, stable, and open societies: Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.

 The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism supports efforts to connect journalists, technologists, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations from around the world to foster informed and engaged communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive, constructive, and respectful civic discourse.

The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism supports efforts to connect journalists, technologists, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations from around the world to foster informed and engaged communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive, constructive, and respectful civic discourse.

 The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.

 AppNexus is an American multinational technology company whose cloud-based software platform enables and optimizes programmatic online advertising. As an independent technology company that does not own or operate media properties or digital audience platforms, AppNexus is fully aligned with the interests of our customers.   

AppNexus is an American multinational technology company whose cloud-based software platform enables and optimizes programmatic online advertising. As an independent technology company that does not own or operate media properties or digital audience platforms, AppNexus is fully aligned with the interests of our customers.

 

 GroupM is the number one global media investment management group. We offer the intelligence to find or create valuable audiences, the power to engage them most effectively and efficiently, and the ability to create desired marketing outcomes.

GroupM is the number one global media investment management group. We offer the intelligence to find or create valuable audiences, the power to engage them most effectively and efficiently, and the ability to create desired marketing outcomes.

    Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world's largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. 

 

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world's largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. 

 SembraMedia is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and quality content in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable and successful. SembraMedia provides business and technical training, market intelligence, and networking opportunities to journalists and other social entrepreneurs.    

SembraMedia is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices and quality content in Spanish by helping digital media entrepreneurs become more sustainable and successful. SembraMedia provides business and technical training, market intelligence, and networking opportunities to journalists and other social entrepreneurs. 

 

    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.

 

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries.