EBTICAR-Media – Support for innovative online media

EBTICAR-Media – Support for innovative online media


To support the establishment of democratic debate and contribute to the economic development of countries south of the Mediterranean by strengthening the media
To strengthen the online media and promote the emergence of structured professional organisations
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Following a surge in popularity during the Arab Spring, online media are profoundly changing people's relationship with the news. Beyond the technological aspect, they create a new dimension for expression based on interactivity and participation by the public, a forum for debate and dialogue.

In the face of growing demand from consumers, the content on offer has its limitations. Web activists are often self-taught and lack formal training in journalism, which can be detrimental to the quality of democratic debate while their impact on the population is growing. As for traditional media, who are poorly prepared for the transition to digital technology, they find themselves forced to adapt their content to new media and to move towards an offer outside their usual area of expertise.

Against this background, with stakeholders unable to afford the investment necessary for further development, CFI and its partners have launched EBTICAR-media, which aims to identify and provide financial support for the most innovative projects that give structure to this industry.

Open to online media and private traditional media, the EBTICAR (E-Booster for Technical and Innovative Contents in the Arab Region, or "innovation" in Arabic) programme provides support, through four distinct components, to projects involved in:

  • As regards the media individually: improving their content and their structure, both financial and organisational.
  • Collectively: strengthening their capacity to come together in professional organisations and share their experiences.

For more information about the ETBICAR-MEDIA project, visit http://www.4m.cfi.fr/index.php/fr/projet-ebticar-media-fr-ar.

“We have discovered the power of on-the-ground reporting: the camera becomes a tool which enables us to tell the world about our struggle every day. The support we have received has helped us enhance our professional skills, enabling us to report and raise awareness properly.”
Caroline Donati, Journalist and consultant at New Syrian Voices, winner of EBTICAR 2014

Project beneficiaries

  • Emerging online media in the Arab world
  • Private traditional media (radio, TV, print) seeking to develop a digital offering

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Online media overview


Strengthen web journalism skills

Funding awarded under the EBTICAR programme, with the successful applicants being selected after a call for projects, prioritises projects that meet objective professionalisation criteria and aimed at:

  • Enhancing content: writing, sound and image
  • Ensuring security: communication, personal data, file transfer
  • Mastering interactive tools: crowdsourcing and social networks

Particular attention is given to projects that promote the transfer of skills through the involvement of online media professionals in training courses and student internships.

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Define sustainable business models

Both emerging and private traditional media, who find themselves forced to make the transition to digital, have to give thought to the definition of an organisational model that complies with a strategic vision.

For this component of the programme, the projects deemed relevant relate to:

  • The definition of digital strategies to position themselves in the market, identify their target public, strengths and weaknesses
  • The editorial line: having a specific identity
  • Website user-friendliness
  • Workflows: finding a mode of organisation in line with the chosen strategy
  • Innovation: developing applications and tools.

Lastly, the projects supported must propose a business model adapted to their strategy, whether they rely on advertising revenues, grants, subscription services, crowdfunding or a diversification of activities.

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Encourage the structuring of professional organisations

The projects selected for funding under this component must be used to create mechanisms for trust and dialogue between online media, including:

  • Establishment of online press unions
  • Formation of working groups between journalists' unions and online press stakeholders to discuss ethical or statutory issues
  • Coordination and networking of collective organisations
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Promote partnerships between emerging and traditional media

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  • coordination and networking of collective organisations
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