4M Asia


Contribute to the pluralism of the media and strengthen national cohesion by taking account of local and community questions in allowing the development of online media.



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Project timeline

September 2014
March 2018
This project is finished


Southeast Asia has an economic and technological context which is favourable to the emergence of a new media economy. The wide use of social networks, a high Internet penetration rate and increased development of smartphones promote the transition from traditional media to digital technology.

However, there is still high inequality of development between the various countries, on the one hand, and within each of them, on the other. There remain technological, but also regulatory, economic and geopolitical inequalities which restrict the development of the media. This digital divide is compounded by inequality linked to the lack of representation of local issues which excludes part of the population from the national debate.

In order to assist the media in their digital transition, improve their representative nature and contribute to pluralism, the 4M project supports them in taking account of community questions and integrating them into their digital strategy. The 4M project will also assist the media from the region in developing new tools allowing them to increase their readership and establish their economic model.

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« This training is comprehensive, much needed for journalists working in this region. The information presented, coupled with the detailed exercises, tools taught, are realistic and up-to-date. Thank you so much for creating this useful training and giving regional journalists a space to connect. »
Giang H. Nguyen, participant of the Data Journalism Training Workshop in Phnom Penh

Project beneficiaries

Online newspaper executives
Journalists with multimedia skills
Chief editors of traditional and online newspapers
Bloggers, activists, citizen journalists

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1.Encouragement in creating professional networks during the project opening and closing forums

In September 2014, the 4M Jakarta forum, open to almost 100 traditional and digital media players from the area, promoted the sharing of experiences and networking during days of discussions and workshops.

A 4M Asia forum is closing the project with a presentation of all the work carried out and the tools developed. The beneficiaries will present and compare their different experiences in the course of plenary discussions and more targeted workshops.

4M Jakarta Forum 2014 : new working experiences, new tools, new ways of organizing

July 23, 2014

How online media are changing journalism and news production in South-East Asia?

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4M Asia: progress review in Paris

May 19, 2016

The 4M Paris Meetings of 20 and 22 April 2016 also provided the opportunity to review the progress of the 4M Asia project and consider the next milestones.

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Data journalism training in ASEAN countries: the 12 winning projects

March 30, 2017

On 7 February 2017 CFI has launched a call for applications addressed to media organizations with relevant data journalism project that could impact on local communities or tackle topics related to people's rights and freedom to participate in data journalism training as part of 4M Asia project.

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Indonesia - Support for media outlets and journalists affected by the tsunami

January 10, 2019

The tsunami caused major damage to many Indonesian media outlets, particularly in Palu where, two months later, the media was still unable to operate normally.

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2.Development of community and local initiatives within an Indonesian aggregator site created by the AJI.

The site development project, its key features and the contributions expected from the local media are determined in the office of the AJI in the course of a training session bringing together a French expert and multimedia journalists and developers.

Members of the AJI then receive training in order to enable them to successfully carry out training across the country in subjects linked to the use of the web (writing, placing online, referencing, economic model).

Once they have been trained, members of the AJI, accompanied by a French journalist, lead discussions and workshops at various local sites on the treatment of local issues and participation in the editorial strategy of the aggregator site. These sessions can then be increased on the initiative of the AJI.

The analysis and assessment of the various initiatives undertaken in the regions leads to the pooling of knowledge and opens up the perspective of possible improvements to the site.

independen.id: A new news aggregator in Indonesia

March 15, 2016

15 Indonesian online media outlets met in Bogor from 29 February to 2 March 2016 to finalise the creation of a news aggregator and to exchange ideas on the development of their media outlets.

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Pre-launch of www.independen.id, the Indonesian local news aggregation site

July 1, 2016

The development of the Indonesian local news aggregator of the AJI (Alliance of Independent Journalists of Indonesia) is entering a new phase.

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3.Better presence and visibility of community issues in national media.

Various regional training sessions are being organised for 30 media representatives from various countries concerning subjects linked to new media: community media issues, community radio stations, the written press and web journalism, community sites and blogs, networking, training of trainers.

Issues and challenges for online media in South-East Asia

July 23, 2017

Thirty representatives from community media in South-East Asia have attended a three-day forum in Bangkok to talk about business models, news pluralism, data journalism and fake news.

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Innovation for community radio stations in South-East Asia

October 11, 2017

In Bangkok, from 11 to 15 September 2017, seven journalists from Asian radio stations discovered and tried out innovative tools such as radiolabs, citizen broadcasts and podcasts.

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4.Better expression of the diverse opinions of society through the use of digital tools.

Three training sessions for 12 media representatives are being organised in order to determine their data journalism needs, develop tools with a group of experts and organise the monetisation of their data.

Data journalism training for media organizations in ASEAN countries

February 7, 2017

This programme is part of a CFI project called 4M Asia, which aims to develop new skills on the part of media stakeholders to promote new journalistic forms allowing broader expression of the diversity of opinion within society.

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#4MAsia: how to kickstart a data-journalism project

June 13, 2017

From 9 to 13 May 2017, the 12 journalists from Southeast Asia whose project had been selected for 4M Asia took part in the first data-journalism training workshop held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Supporting data visualisation creation for twelve investigation projects in South-East Asia

July 28, 2017

"Open the link to the menus on Slack, then provide details of your order on the Google Sheet spreadsheet that I have just created in the G Drive".

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4M Asia closes in Jakarta

April 16, 2018

Since 2014, the 4M Asia project has been providing support and guidance to independent media outlets in seven countries in South-East Asia as they make the switch to digital and develop new tools. Around 100 media professionals attended the closing forum, which was held in Jakarta on 7 and 8 April 2018.

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4M Asia: pure-play company Malaysiakini nominated at the Data Journalism Awards 2018

May 10, 2018

Selected from among 630 entries from 58 countries, pure-play company Malaysiakini has been nominated at the Data Journalism Awards 2018, the biggest data journalism competition in the world.

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Malaysiakini: first independent media outlet in Malaysia

May 15, 2018

One day in my media organisation is a series of weekly reports illustrating the daily lives of people who work in media organisations across Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia, supported by CFI.

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Vietnam Plus: the innovative media outlet

May 31, 2018

One day in my media organisation is a series of weekly reports illustrating the daily lives of people who work in media organisations across Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia, supported by CFI.

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Tempo, a blend of commitment and innovation in Indonesia

June 20, 2018

One day in my media organisation is a series of weekly reports illustrating the daily lives of people who work in media organisations across Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia, supported by CFI.

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Prachatai, the Thai media outlet championing democracy

July 16, 2018

One day in my media organisation is a series of weekly reports illustrating the daily lives of people who work in media organisations across Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia, supported by CFI.

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4M Asia project evaluation

September 26, 2018

CFI launched the 4M Asia project in 2014 with the aim of strengthening local, community and national media, making use of the opportunities offered by the digital age. When the project came to an end in April 2018, CFI outsourced a final evaluation report. Summary of the results.

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