Sustainability and Media Management Training Programme

Local Cross-Border Journalism grant programme supports local cross-border investigative teams of professional journalists and/or news outlets to bring the locals to the European level as well as to local citizens all over Europe.

Within the grant programme SSE Riga calls all local investigative journalists in Europe for an intensive 4 week free of charge Sustainability and media management training programme. It provides essential training in fundamental business skills, comparable to a compact MBA programme, enabling those who have launched or who direct independent news media outlets to develop sustainable business models.

  • One-year module-based programme;
  • Four intensive five-day modules spaced two months apart;
  • Up to 20 participants;
  • Faculty selected on the basis of their experience in media and business industry as well as the ability to teach experienced managers;
  • Programme provides essential training in fundamental business and leadership skills, comparable to a compact MBA programme, focusing on media industry;
  • Individual projects developed by students during the programme are presented in front of investors and financial advisors at the end of the course;
  • Mentoring provided throughout the programme;
  • English as the language of instruction;
  • A venue located at the heart of Riga centre in a beautiful art nouveau district.

In four five-day modules spaced two months apart, founders or directors of both nonprofit and for-profit independent outlets will learn how they can improve their leadership, strategy, marketing and financial management skills. Cases from within and outside the media industry will form the basis for discussion. Practical exercises in accounting, business modeling, project management, public speaking and other skills are integrated in each module. These skills will underlie participants’ personal or enterprise project proposals in the closing sessions. At the end of the programme participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas with financial advisors and investors to potentially develop a business relationship and collaboration opportunities.

The programme’s four modules are taught by scholars and practitioners with deep collective experience in the news industry and business training. They not only provide knowledge, they also create it with the help of participants. Expert guests complete the faculty.

Sustainability and Media Management Training Programme is designed to:

  • Provide essential training in fundamental business and management skills, comparable to a compact MBA programme;
  • Enable participants to improve their leadership, strategy, marketing, financial management and decision making skills;
  • Boost creativity and strategic thinking as well as offer an insight into the newest trends and monetisation options in the media industry;
  • Enhance participant’s professional competence by performing practical exercises in budgeting, business modeling, project management, public speaking and others;
  • Provide all the necessary resources and support of the faculty to thoroughly develop sustainable personal or enterprise media project;
  • Offer the opportunity to form potential business partnerships with fellow participants, faculty and investors;
  • Give participants an on-going professional network of media managers, publishers, editors and journalists around the world.

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