Center on International Media Assistance

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The Center for International Media Assistance "a project of the National Endowment for Democracy, has been established and plans to bring together a broad range of media experts with the objective of strengthening the support of free and independent media throughout the world." [1]

Inaugural Report

On July 16, 2008, the Center released a report, entitled "Empowering Independent Media: U.S. Efforts to Foster Free and Independent News Around the World".

The reports executive editor was Marguerite H. Sullivan, and the managing editor and principal writer was David E. Kaplan. The principal research and reporting team consisted of Angela Stephens, Spencer Hayne, and Eleeza V. Agopian; while additional assistance was provided by Anahit Khachatryan, Ann McFeatters, Shannon Maguire, and Alicia Dolan.

"We are also grateful to our report reviewers: Enrique Armijo, associate with Covington & Burling LLP; Luis Botello, senior program director for the International Center for Journalists; Meg Gaydosik, senior media development advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development; Shanthi Kalathil, World Bank consultant; Persephone Miel, senior advisor for Internews and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School; and Mark Whitehouse, director of media development for the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)."

Environmental Reporting

On March 4, 2009, CIMA organized a workshop titled "Green Journalism: Environmental Reporting in Developing Countries" with featured speakers including Sanjeev Chatterjee (Professor, School of Communication, University of Miami), Jon Sawyer (Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting), and Rob Taylor (Director, Science & Environment Programs, International Center for Journalists). [1]

Other Reports

Ann C. Olson, media consultant and author of the CIMA report "The Role of Media-support Organizations and Public Literacy in Strengthening Independent Media Worldwide" published on February 5, 2008.

On January 13, 2009 the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) released a new report, "Soft Censorship: How Governments Around the Globe Use Money to Manipulate the Media," The author of the report was Don Podesta: his research associate was Eva Constantaras.

Advisory Council

Accessed November 2007: [2]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Green Journalism: Environmental Reporting in Developing Countries, CIMA, accessed March 2, 2009.
  2. Advisory Council, Center on International Media Assistance, accessed November 28, 2007.

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