Support Ukrainian Journalists Reporting Conflict

by Internews
Support Ukrainian Journalists Reporting Conflict

Project Report | Feb 7, 2023
Research Shows Local Media Is Critical In Ukraine

By Lena Fultz | Sr Business Development Associate, Private Sector

At the close of 2022,our USAID/Internews annual survey into media consumption habits in Ukraine revealedsome notablechanges since Russia’s escalated invasion in February 2022. Despite the war, 23% of respondents said they were ready to pay for access to their favorite digital media, up from 20% last year. Ukrainian’s ability to assess and filter out disinformation is continuing to rise. But most notably, Ukrainians have come to rely more and more on regional and local news outlets. This is Internews’ glimmer of hopeproof that our work is vital to the lives of Ukrainians navigatingthe uncertainty of war. 

At Internews we believe that access to timely, quality information saves lives, but in times of crisis, those who deliver that information face paramount physical and digital risks. In Ukraine, Journalists and media workers remain the targets of continued attacks. In January alone:  

Since our last update, we’ve continued to provide newsrooms with supplies to continue their work—laptops, cameras, mobile phones and other equipment—along with deliveringmedical kits, bulletproof vests, heaters and other weather-resistant supplies to journalists at risk. Through legal assistanceand trainings on physical safety, tactical first aid, digital hygiene, and cybersecurity, we empower journalists to better advocate for themselves and the communities they serve. 

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“I’ve met few, if any, journalists during a crisis who wanted to get out of the profession. They wanted a flak jacket, a replacement laptop, or a safe place to stay so they could keep trustworthy information flowing to their communities and to the world. Ukrainian journalists are proving just that — they keep reporting, inspiring worldwide support, and providing citizens with information that saves lives.” 

– From Internews President Jeanne Bourgault’s op-ed in Chronicle of Philanthropy 

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Internews remains committed to supporting Ukrainian journalists and an independent media sector on the frontlines of war. With flexible funding thanks to partners like GlobalGiving, Internews has acted rapidly and proactively since the start of the Ukrainian war, and we continue to adapt to a changing media landscape to spread lifesaving information—first by ensuring the journalists and newsrooms on the ground are able to carry out their duties safely and responsibly.  

You make our work possible. Thank you for your continued support. 

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Washington , DC United States

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