SembraMedia is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit founded in the United States in 2015 by Janine Warner and Mijal Iastrebner. Janine is a Knight Fellow with the International Center for Journalists, who was previously a pioneer in digital journalism, an entrepreneur, and author. Mijal is a journalist and entrepreneur, who also worked as a management consultant and designer of online learning projects.
Mijal is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Janine from the U.S., and the two met in a massive online course (MOOC) on entrepreneurial journalism that Janine taught through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in 2014, which attracted more than 5,000 students from 34 countries.
Mijal was also teaching entrepreneurial journalism in Argentina and took Janine’s course because few people were teaching the topic at the the time. The two quickly bonded and were inspired as they watched numerous students launch new digital media projects in countries as challenging as Venezuela and Honduras. As they compared notes on this growing population of social entrepreneurs, they decided to create an organization that could provide ongoing support and training.
Janine and Mij quickly agreed never to try anything without studying it first and set out to map the digital media ecosystem and ensure that their training was based on real-world case studies from the region. Since then, their research has been cited in more than 200 articles, blogs, and academic papers, and helped SembraMedia evolve into a respected knowledge repository, and a platform for sharing best practices and innovative ideas.
At SembraMedia, we are thankful for the many organizations that have supported our work, including the International Center for Journalists, the Institute for Nonprofit News, Luminate Group, Omidyar Network, Google News Initiative, The Lenfest Institute, The Cook Family Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, and numerous individual donors, including Mark and Linda Jenkins, Patricia Torres-Burd, Ariadna Coto, David LaFontaine, and Janine Warner.