Media Development Foundation

founded by Kyiv Post journalists

Our contacts

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Phone: +380937606561, +380991962069
Adress: Kyiv, 39 Pushkinska St., office 43

How to find us


The Media Development Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Kyiv Post journalists to improve Ukraine’s journalism profession through three main activities: investigative/enterprise journalism, journalism exchanges and specialized training. The organization brings together prominent media managers, editors, writers and students from Ukraine and abroad.

Media Development Foundation was established in 2013 and the organization has been operating at full capacity and strives to expand its activities on a continuous basis. Despite still being a start-up, the Media Development Foundation actively cooperates with Kyiv Post and more than 40 media and public organizations all over Ukraine to achieve common goals.

Contact us at:


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Eugene Zaslavsky

Executive Director

Phone: +38 (067) 551-65-44



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Anastasia Sosnova

Program Assistant

Phone: +38(068) 962-10-28

Our projects

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Journalism Exchange Program

Within the program framework journalism students and young journalists with up to 5 years of experience in the field will have the opportunity to work in the newsrooms of the leading mass media all over Ukraine, improve their journalistic skills and gain new professional experience. Under the terms of the program internship should take place in the city where the applicants have never lived or studied before. Trainees shall be granted a scholarship of 500 Euros per month. Selection takes place on a competitive basis. Starting from September 2014, more than 150 young journalists from Ukraine and more than 40 journalists from the former CIS countries have participated in the program.

The program is supported by MYMEDIA

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Kyiv Post+

Kyiv Post+ is a public English language journalistic project which offers special coverage of Russia's war against Ukraine and consequences of EuroMaydan. All articles, investigations and analytical materials published under this brand can be reprinted. Kyiv Post+ is a joint project of Ukrainian English-language newspaper Kyiv Post and NGO Media Development Foundation.

The project is supported by Ukrainian World Foundation

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Mezhyhirya Fest

In the years of the ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s rule, activists and journalists used to come to the gates of Yanukovych’s residence Mezhyhirya every June 6, known in Ukraine as a Journalist Day, to protest against censorship and oppression of free speech. On Feb. 22, 2014, after the end of the Yanukovych government and his abrupt leave, the Mezhyhirya compound was opened to protesters, activists and journalists. This led to the discovery of more than 200 folders of documents detailing the former president’s activities. Since then, Ukrainian journalists have been marking their day by holding MezhyhiryaFest, a celebration of the freedom of expression. Every year MezhyhiryaFest brings together local and international speakers, journalists and activists to discuss the events that shaped Ukrainian and international journalism in the past year and to award the best investigative stories produced by Ukrainian journalists .

The Festival is supported by MYMEDIA, Media Development Fund, ERSTE Stiftung, OCCRP

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Within the program 10 regional journalists (chosen by competition) get the opportunity for a 5-day training program in Kyiv and two-week paid internship in one of the central Ukrainian media. After they have completed the program, each of the participants undertakes to prepare and conduct a post-training in their editorial office.

The program has no age restrictions. Full-time employees or permanent correspondents of regional media shall enjoy the advantage in the competition .

The program is carried out with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy

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Four-day training for war repoters. The training consists of two blocks.

The first block includes a two-day course on the features of the journalistic coverage in the hostile environment provided by the coaches of the British company Centurion, which consults on security issues and risk assessment.

The second block is dedicated to the technology of a military investigation using the information from open sources and social networks, from the Bellingcat experts and investigative journalists from OCCRP, ICIJ and other investigative networks;

MDF has held three such trainings, all of them were held in the former residence of ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych – Mezhyhirya. Selection of participants is conducted on a competitive basis; with 20 journalists and photographers with experience in areas of conflict to be invited for participation in the training.

The trainings are supported by the National Endowment for Democracy

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Laboratory of hyperlocal media is an experimental project aiming to launch and develop local media in Ukraine, which will become financially independent, produce quality content that complies with journalistic standards, and will become the center for development of civil society in the town.

The pilot project is being implemented in the town of Yampil, Vinnytsia region on the example of the local lifestyle media "Dyryzhabl". Editorial office of Dyryzhabl has received funding to restart the site, training of journalists, establishing a network of freelancers, and advertising campaign. Media managers and guest editors have been working with this media during eight months. The main task of the project is to develop and test a content strategy on "Dyryzhabl", as well as strategies to promote and monetize hyperlocal media, which later will be successfully applied in other editorial offices in small Ukrainian towns. .

Follow the news of the project at special project.

The project is funded by MYMEDIA

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Journalism of Tolerance

Journalism of Tolerance is a media project that aims to spread information about the problems of sexual, ethnic and other minorities in Ukraine, other vulnerable groups (war veterans, disabled people and people with special needs) and the challenges they face. During four months of the project, the team of journalists produces stories about the representatives of the vulnerable groups. All the stories are published in English in Ukrainian English-language newspaper Kyiv Post and in Ukrainian - at the websites of the MDF’s Ukrainian-language partner media outlets.

At the end of the project, a two-day training session on journalism of tolerance will be held for 20 regional journalists. The participants will be selected on the competitive basis. Training sessions will include lectures from journalists and psychologists working with the minorities, a staged press conference with the invited representatives of the vulnerable groups and one-on-one or group interviews of the training participants with the representatives of the vulnerable groups.

The project is carried out in partnership with Ukrainian English-language newspaper Kyiv Post and it is made possible by the support of the American people provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Internews.

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Reform Watch

Reform Watch is a public media project, started by Kyiv Post journalists in August 2014. Its main goal of the project is to cover the reform process in Ukraine. While the implementation of reforms become an immediate issue for Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity, it also appeared that it is at least equally important to provide objective information about the situation in Ukraine to the international community.

Reform Watch covers six main topics: security and defense, economics and finance, the rule of law, government control, energy and agriculture. Journalists try to answer the following questions in their articles: What is the problem? Why does it matter? What if it stays as it is (inaction consequences)? What solutions exist? Who is responsible for its implementation? Who can offer other options? Is there any positive experience of countries that solved similar problem? Is it possible to involve international experts? The main criteria is to make all the stories easy to understand for both professionals and for non-specialists.

The stories published under this project are available for republication on request.

The project is supported by International Renaissance Foundation

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Technical expert seminars for journalists

To hold a number of “Off the Record” seminars for journalists. Each session will focus on a timely yet complex economic or political issue, such as fiscal decentralization, medical reform, nuclear energy or Ukraine’s relations with the EU. Ukrainian media often lack the resources to have journalists specialize on a single area or beat. As a result, journalists struggle to tackle issues that require a deeper level of expertise, although this challenge can be addressed by consulting with professionals and various experts. We want to establish a dialogue between media workers, branch experts and officials responsible for industries in order to increase the level of journalists’ competence on specific, critical topics. Accordingly, this will help raise the quality of their articles. .

The project is carried out in a partnership with the Institute of Social and Economic Research and supported by MYMEDIA and business representatives.

Our partners



MYMEDIA -  is an international media programme aiming at development of independent media and professional capacity building for journalists in Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. The programme is implemented by a joint venture between NIRAS, a leading international consultancy company, and BBC Media Action, working with partners in seven countries.


Ukrainian World Foundation
- Canadian project that supports the work of the Committee for the Coordination of Ukrainian education and youth organizations, provides publishing grants.



- is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.




National Endowment for Democracy
- a private nonprofit organization founded in the US in 1983 in order to increase the number and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.




NATO\NATO Information and documentation center
- The continuing development of cooperation between NATO and Ukraine led to the establishment of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine (NIDC) in May 1997. Among other things NIDC awards grants on a regular basis throughout the year to recognized Ukrainian non-governmental organizations for a variety of initiatives and activities related to NATO and/or NATO-Ukraine relations.



Other partners: Media Development Fund, ERSTE Stiftung, Royal Norwegian Embassy




Thanks to the participants of our trainings and programs we are happy to believe that what we do helps Ukrainian journalism. And we bet you would believe that too if you read the training reviews of the three participants of the three security and war investigation trainings we have held this year. Masha Kucher, Hromadske Radio: It is hard to overestimate the benefit of this training for a journalist. Three days of practice on first-aid skills, w...

Ukraine-Belarus Journalism Exchange Program contest results

Ukraine-Belarus Journalism Exchange Program contest results

We are glad to announce the end of Ukraine-Belarus Journalism Exchange Program contest! This is the second time Ukraine-Belarus exchange is happening and this year we received more than one hundred applications from journalism students and young professionals. The selection process didn't pass easily for us, as we received so many applications from bright, talented people, but have only 5 monthly stipends to award. But we finally pulled ourselves...

Story of success: Andrii Prokopenko

Story of success: Andrii Prokopenko

We are especially proud to talk about the grand achievements of our interns and training participants. This time we are glad to share a success story from Mykolaiv, where Andrii Prokopenko, the participant of our first “School for Regional Journalists”, has founded a new bilingual on-line media Svidok covers political and social events in the city and its region.

MDF Activity Report 2013 2017

MDF Activity Report 2013 2017 from Eugene Zaslavsky