Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP) is a 3-year initiative working for Media in Nigeria, particularly those reaching underserved communities. It seeks to support the editorial independence of media organizations by strengthening their financial sustainability.
Over a 3-year period, NAMIP will support up to 25 independent media, ranging from early-stage, small-scale outlets to larger, more established players, serving both urban and rural audiences of mainstream and underserved populations.
- Winners will be awarded up to $50,000 for their project
- The winners will also join NAMIP’s three-year innovation and capacity-building program.
- NAMIP will provide the tools media need to experiment
- In addition, it provides you with the tools you need to develop and continuously revise your models on the path to sustainability.
- Interventions will include:
- workshops and training
- support from experts/consultants
- community sharing and learning
- other bespoke assistance
- an existing independent media company, a non-profit, or a new venture that is just kicking off.
- mission-driven companies and organizations that are passionate about trying new approaches to local news and information.
- NAMIP encourages applicants who don’t have traditional journalism and media backgrounds, particularly from the areas of technology, design, and business.
- media organizations that are building innovative news and information products that:
- Explore opportunities to reach and connect with broader audiences through digital platforms and technologies; or
- Develop new revenue generation opportunities or sustainable business models
- NAMIP encourages applications from existing independent media companies, non-profit media, and new ventures who have projects that address one or more of the following focus areas:
- Digital native products: New approaches to collecting news and information, and to reporting, storytelling, as well as distribution, that embrace the possibilities of technology.
- Reaching rural communities: Innovative approaches to reach that empower people outside of major urban areas
- Engaging people in official languages that are underserved: Attempts to engage and distribute content to communities in vernacular languages that are underserved.
- Technology innovation for distribution: New media technology that distributes local news in a cost-effective and sustainable way.
- New Revenue opportunities: Innovative solutions to revenue challenges that media companies face
- Transition to digital: Finding and implementing solutions, products, or processes that assist legacy media to transform their businesses.
Fill out this form to apply to the Nigeria Media Innovation Program.
Once all applications have been assessed, shortlisted candidates will be invited to make a more detailed pitch to join the NAMIP cohort.