SAMIP is about innovation. Innovation in how media is used to find and tell stories, and innovation in developing new and sustainable business models.
This is a time of transition for many media companies and successful organisations need to diversify revenue streams and build products that resonate with their audiences.
Our program provides funding and mentorship needed for the independent media sector to deploy new solutions and reach new audiences.
The program promotes innovation in the sector, funds the development of public interest digital publications with a focus on young audiences, and drive transformation and foster new and diverse voices.
Who is part of SAMIP?
SAMIP currently hosts a cohort of 19 organizations, having selected existing independent media companies, non-profit organizations, as well as new ventures that are less than a year old.
We sought out mission-driven companies and organizations passionate about trying new approaches to local news and information.
We have also encouraged applicants with non-traditional journalism and media backgrounds, particularly from the areas of technology, design and business.
How was the SAMIP cohort selected?
SAMIP has sought out applications from organisations that are building innovative news and information products that either:
- explore opportunities to reach and connect with broader audiences through digital platforms and technologies;
- developing new revenue generation opportunities or sustainable business models.
The Advisory Committee recommends candidates to the MDIF board who have the final decision on entry into the program. The Committee meets periodically at the request from the program. The proposed candidates have had to meet the following criteria:
- New projects just getting off the ground, for which the applicant has initial evidence of a user need.
- Specific and actionable ideas for a novel product or service – product or working demo doesn’t necessarily have to be built yet – funding can be used for MVP. (Capability requirement)
- Products or services that have shown initial success/viability, and applicants that are looking to scale up.
In addition to the above, a company or an organization must also meet the following criteria:
- Committed to providing credible, independent news, information or public debate.
- Independent from the government or of any other political or economic interest group.
- Supportive of democratic practices and institutions, political pluralism, transparency, human rights, including the rights of women and minorities.
- In regular operation for at least one year. A record of quality journalism and reporting. In compelling circumstances this requirement may be waived.
- Committed to developing a path to financial sustainability.
- Prepared to commit sufficient time to work with coaches/mentors and carry out assigned tasks.
For more info on the detailed MDIF eligibility criteria, please click here.
Please note: SAMIP is currently unable to accept new applicants.
However, expressions of interest for future rounds can be made here.