Special report  July, 2022

For many years, Lebanon enjoyed a journalistic creative freedom which set it apart from regional news players. A combination of high cultural literacy, diverse traditions and a trilingual foundation propelled Lebanese journalistic endeavors to the forefront.
However, over time the landscape became polluted as local producers fought for space among politically-affiliated media and profit-first organizations. On a regional level, state-owned media channels further created a testing climate for Lebanon-based media.
Today, the country’s economic crisis is hampering the ability of the sector. Growth opportunities; like value prioritization, job creation, and digital solution investment have been left out in the cold, as instead businesses battle to retain staff and cushion the blow of collapsing salaries. It has left the industry calling out for fresh strategies and approaches so it can set sail once again.

Executive Magazine presents you with the Media Action Plan project, in Partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designed to support the media sector in Lebanon in three leaps upward.

  • ➣  The Media Gap Report, which identifies profiles of Lebanon-based media enterprises, and the gaps that separate them from best-in-class media. The report dissects practices in the areas of corporate and ownership structures, media behavior and organizational safeguards, and the treatment of writers and practice of journalistic codes.
  • ➣  The Media Development Plan team presents a structured list of recommendations in this report; informed by the Media Gap Report and the action plan team’s research, alongside Executive’s own experience as a media enterprise.
  • ➣  The Proposed Action Plan, will bolster these recommendations with a lineup of international and local organizations which serve as an example to Lebanese media enterprises should they choose to implement the findings of the Recommendations Report
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