Good journalism

Citizens need information they can trust to make important life decisions and hold their decision makers to account.

In a time where trust in media is declining around the world it has become even more important to support good, accurate journalism – which is defined as content that is ethical, independent, critical and of public interest.

IMS works with local media in countries with conflict and political instability to provide such content and making it accessible to all sections of society including marginalised groups.

We seek to support local media and the content it produces by e.g.:

  • Providing training in good reporting and journalism genres such as investigative journalism;
  • Developing training materials, including handbooks and trainers’ guides on best practice models;
  • Developing the business structures around a healthy, sustainable media business through e.g. capacity building of management and staff, income generation through advertisement and sales, and development of intelligent distribution techniques.
  • Strengthening the links between media, civil society, humanitarian organisations and academiato expand media’s access to information;
  • Supporting production of documentary film as an alternative platform for marginalised voices and views upon issues seldom covered in mainstream media.

Conflict sensitive journalism

In countries affected by conflict and human insecurity media has an important role to play as an active promoter of human rights and democratisation, peace, dialogue and conflict resolution through the gathering of non-partisan information.

To report reliable and unbiased information to the public in a time of violent conflict requires additional journalism skills and a deeper understanding of what causes conflict, how it develops and ends.

Reporters must know where to look for solutions and crucially, they must be aware of media’s role and the responsibility that follows with this in times of conflict. They must know how to do journalism in a conflict sensitive way that does not feed the flames.


Henrik Keith Hansen
Henrik Keith Hansen

Programme Manager, IMS

Investigative journalism

Investigative journalism holds governments and vested interest groups to account and uncovers abuse of power and human rights.

Support to investigative journalism initiatives has always been a cornerstone in IMS’ work. By improving the professional skills of journalists within the field of investigative journalism, we enable the media to act as a watchdog and fulfil its role as the fourth estate, promoting good governance, accountability and transparency.

We support:



Gohar Khodjayan
Gohar Khodjayan

Programme Manager, IMS

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Documentary film

IMS works to promote documentary filmmaking and its ability to contribute to social, cultural and political change in some of the most trying parts of the world.

In close partnership with local film institutes, film schools, production and distribution companies, film festivals and independent filmmakers, we are seeking to enable and strengthen the infrastructures and outputs of domestic documentary film environments.

Promotion of female filmmakers and the role of women in documentary filmmaking is a priority for IMS. This is not to exclude male filmmakers but simply to utilize the opportunities of giving voices to women through documentary filmmaking and empower them to tell their side of the stories. We work with a principle of minimum 50/50 gender balance and participation in our film programme.

IMS supports:

  • Documentary films from the MENA region – development, production, post-production.
  • Establishment of co-productions between films from the MENA region and Scandinavian film companies.Educational initiatives: Film schools, workshops and training activities.
  • Independent film organisations working to enable and strengthen filmmakers locally, nationally or regionally with an inclusive working methodology.
  • Distribution initiatives: Film festivals, TV broadcasting, Online, etc.
  • New initiatives activating new audiences.



    Rasmus Steen
    Rasmus Steen

    Head of Documentary Film, IMS

    Phone: +45 6133 1534

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