Media development entails various activities aimed at strengthening the media to be independent, pluralistic, and professional.
Largely funded by international donors, it can include training programs in journalism and media management; support to news organizations, professional associations, and journalism schools; development of media laws and regulations; and various initiatives to improve coverage of such key issues as corruption and health care.
International media development is a young field, with its modern roots in the rush of aid to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Since then, media assistance has been widely embraced as a critical component in building accountable and democratic societies, fostering better health care and a cleaner environment, empowering women and minorities, and bolstering economic development.
See also Empowering independent media: first edition 2008 here > (25)