Digital media projects must comply with the following criteria to be included in the SembraMedia Directory:
Digital native: Projects should be digital natives, meaning they were started as digital publications and they publish all (or at least most) of their content online.
Original content: The majority of the content should be original and published by the media organization. We primarily include media that publish content in Spanish, but we also include media that publish some or all of their content in other languages that are relevant to the Spanish-speaking community, including Catalan, Portuguese, English, Quechua, Guaraní, Aimara, and Nahuatl, among others.
Content that serves the public interest: The content published should serve the public interest. Projects may cover a wide range of topics, including sports, culture, health, opinion, business, and more.
Non-partisan: The media project must be economically and editorially independent, regardless of its ideological position. Digital media that are entirely dependent on income from the state or a political party may not be included.
Not corporate: The editorial policies and economic viability of the media project should not be dependent entirely on a corporation or a single financial donor.
Business Structure: Media organizations may be for-profit corporations or non-profit organizations.
Transparency: To be included in the directory, we must be able to identify the founders, owners and/or directors and include their names in the media profile.
Blogs and newsletters: We only include blogs or newsletters that produce content of journalistic value and serve the public interest. We also require that blogs and newsletters are published on a regular basis.
Podcast: We will include podcasts that are created by a production agency or a team that is under development. To determine whether to include them, we will consider whether the podcast is being published consistently over time, with a goal of sustainability in the future.
Social media sites: Media that only published on social media, such as those on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, may be included if they share news and other original content that serves the public interest and they meet all of our other criteria.
Exceptions to our criteria
We understand that in Latin America there are political contexts which make it difficult for some media projects to meet all of our inclusion criteria. For this reason, SembraMedia reserves the right to make rare exceptions to the criteria when our team determines it is warranted.
Digital media produced by public and private universities are included if they publish content that has value to audiences beyond the university and they have editorial independence.