Strengthening Ukrainian Local Media

World Has to Know the Struggles and Experiences of Ukrainian Towns
February 24, peaceful life was taken away from Ukraine. We have found ourselves in the epicenter of an unjustified war. We are defending our land and our future.

4 роки ми створювали інформаційні сайти по всій Україні - у Мелітополі та Херсоні, у Волновасі та Попасній, у Конотопі та Ніжині, у Мар'їнці та Бердянську. Війна зустріла нас у різних регіонах. Окупанти обстрілюють українські міста. Журналістам погрожують. Частина медіа не працює. Але ми не здаємось. Ми створили медіабатальйон, у який записалося понад 700 медійників зі всієї України. Журналісти, дизайнери, SMMники працюють на інформаційному фронті. У нас є роти i напрямки. Ми пишемо про евакуацію, щоб рятувати людей. Ми пишемо про своїх – людей зі сходу, які вже вдруге втрачають свій дім. Ми показуємо, на що Росія перетворила наші міста. Ми пишемо про опір, який чинять українці. Ми пишемо про військових, лікарів, волонтерів, які надихають. Ми показуємо, що на цій війні кожен із нас – важливий. Ми переможемо, бо ми – українці🇺🇦

Опубликовано Або - Агенція медійного росту Понедельник, 21 марта 2022 г.
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Chernihiv, Volnovakha, Popasna, Berdiansk, Kherson, Melitopol, Henichesk...

For anybody abroad this is just a random combination of letters. Names of strange cities in distress.

For the ABO NGO these are the cities where our people work. The local media teams of The City network that we have established.

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We were worried about the editor of front-line Volnovakha who was driving his family away from the town under fire and praying for his friends to make it through to evacuation buses.

We were terrified to watch the Popasna editor's house damaged by an explosion, and we were thrilled with his courageous decision to stay in the town, to help locals with evacuation and food, and continue updating the website.

We supported the 18-y.o. editor of website (New York as in a settlement in Donetsk region), whose father got killed in action by the Russian army.

We were persuading the teams of other media to evacuate to safer locations and getting refusals. People want to stand for their hometowns for as long as possible.

An editor of our network has joined the Army of Ukraine; others joined territorial defense forces in their towns. Others stand on the media front.

Some, as they fear for their lives, were forced to suspend operation of their websites: Russia has started intimidating journalists in the temporary occupied territories. Others keep working despite the threats.

Since the beginning of the war, more than 100 local media in Ukraine stopped working in the temporarily occupied territories.

11 towns, where The City network had its websites, have also been occupied. We continue updating these websites daily. Here are the stories of several editorial teams who have lost their homes and towns, but are not going to stop working.

These are the teams we are raising the finances for.

The City network consists of 45 media in towns all over the country. It is a close-knit community of 300 editors and journalists, with whom we have been working on a daily basis over the last few years.

The City is a network of 40 media outlets in small towns across the country

Now these media outlets are left with no source of income. The advertisement contracts have been canceled, and the subscription model is hardly operable in Ukraine so far.

That is why the ABO has launched a crowd-funding campaign to support editors and journalists in small Ukrainian towns.

First of all, we are turning to the international media community and representatives of local media from throughout the world with a request to support their Ukrainian colleagues.

I want to help

The funds will be used for:

  • Local editors' and reporters' salaries. This will partly cover the gap from the lost official wages in the coming months and allow reporting on the developments in the towns temporarily occupied by Russia.
  • The financial support to journalists and their relatives who were forced to rush from their home-towns to cover their rent, food, medical expenses.
  • Purchase of equipment essential for work, if it was lost in evacuation or combat actions.
  • A one-time financial assistance in case journalists or their family members are injured due to the combat actions.

All funds will be credited to the accounts of ABO Non-Governmental Organization.

Once a month we will publish financial reports and stories of teams or journalists that were supported with the funds (unless this endangers the life and safety of journalists).

We appreciate any support from each of you. Any amount makes a difference.

About ABO and The City Network

  • ABO is a non-political non-governmental organization founded by Ukrainian media managers and editors in 2017.
  • ABO has developed its own CMS-platform, a basis for all websites of The City network, free of charge.
  • The ABO team provides technical support, keeps developing the CMS-platform, and together with media outlets tests new business models and approaches to storytelling.
  • Most of the websites in The City network are owned by the media teams and are funded by ads, subscription, and minor grants. ABO owns a few websites in the network.
  • The networked teams operate in towns and communities with 10,000-60,000 population.
  • The overall monthly audience of the network is around 2 million viewers.
  • Over 5 years, ABO has successfully implemented over 20 projects aimed at development of local media in Ukraine. They were supported by NED, USAID, UNDP, Internews, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, Embassy of the Czech Republic, and other donors.

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