The report is one of the most comprehensive reviews of the media development field, covering developments like digital media and citizen journalism as well as business assessment including funding levels and sustainability issues.
In essence, the report recommends the following on:
· Funding: expand it, commit to longer-term projects and increase collaboration.
· Training: embrace digital, teach business, modernize education and include citizen journalists.
· Policy: support an enabling environment, specifically support investigative journalism, support anti-impunity efforts and build assessment into everything.
The summary of U.S. media development funding is particularly interesting: U.S. government spending on international media development jumped 56% between 2006 and 2010 to $222 million – which is still just 0.4% of total U.S. foreign assistance. Media development funding by private U.S. foundations increased 27% in the same period, to a total of $76 million in 2010. The report provides a detailed analysis of all major donors to media development.