U.S.-Funded Program Focuses on Online Media

The United State Agency for International Development will launch a joint Balkan Media Assistance Program that will focus on the development of online media in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

The program will be launched on Tuesday, January 30, in Hotel Bristol in Sarajevo. U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia, Maureen Cormack, will deliver remarks on the vital importance of press freedom and ongoing U.S. Government support for media development in Bosnia and the region.

USAID will implement this three-year, $7 million program, through U.S.-based organizations, FHI 360 and Internews, in five countries in the Balkans region. The program will make media practitioners in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia more competitive in the local and regional marketplace and strengthen the sustainability of the independent media sector across the region.

The activity will do this by providing outlets and media partners with more substantial and stable resources to operate as viable enterprises, engage wider audiences and expand their reach within the region, and foster stronger partnerships to advance solutions on common challenges, particularly in the digital space.

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