Our Velocidad Media Business Accelerator works with emerging Latin American digital media organizations with strong leadership potential and great motivation to develop the commercial, technical and editorial strategies necessary to cement an independent and sustainable organization. This program was created in partnership with the International Center for Journalists, and made possible by a grant from Luminate Group. You can learn more about the program and what we are learning from this great experiment on the Velocity.fund site (in English, Spanish, and Portuguese).
Metis is a business mentoring program for women media entrepreneurs in Latin American. The program fosters the exchange of ideas and support for women leaders to help them build stronger leadership and business skills. The program combines mentoring with expert training sessions, and all of the participants are required to share their stories so that they can inspire others within the ecosystem. This program was made possible by a grant from Google News Initiative. (Read more in Spanish.)
Developing a business model is a challenge for any entrepreneur, but creating a sustainable, and independent media business in areas of conflict is even more complex. To help overcome these challenges, SembraMex provides online training and intensive consulting support for independent digital media that conduct investigative journalism and covers news along the US-Mexico border. . This program is made possible by a grant from the International Center for Journalists with support from USAID. (Read more in Spanish.)
SembraTEC was designed to provide small grants and training to Spanish-language media sites to help them use technology to build better relationships with their audiences and explore new sources of revenue. As part of this pilot program, we created a toolkit in Spanish with a catalog of programs and services that help foster engagement and monetization. The program also supported the creation of technology classes at the SembraMedia Virtual School. This program was made possible by a grant from the Lenfest Institute. (Learn more on the Toolkit page in Spanish.)
In 2018, we published the first study ever conducted of professors who teach entrepreneurial journalism at universities in Latin America and Spain. As part of the project, we created a recommended curriculum and formed a Network of Professors who share resources and ideas to help increase the number and quality of classes in entrepreneurial journalism. This program was made possible by grants from Google News Initiative. You can read the report (in English and Spanish), review the curriculum and resources, and join our growing network of professors on the program’s site: profesores.sembramedia.org (in Spanish).
SembraEducativo is a scholarship program for entrepreneurial journalists from Latin America that provides access to a wide variety of courses in the SembraMedia School classes and includes a series of interactive sessions. The program was designed to provide training to 100 journalists in building business models and developing diverse revenue sources, audience development, team management, and more. This program was made possible by a grant from the International Center for Journalists, thanks to support from the Knight Foundation. (Learn more in Spanish.)