Media Innovator’s Mentorship

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The Media Innovator’s Mentorship aims to strengthen collaboration and build a community of media innovators in Europe.

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IPI’s Media Innovator’s Mentorship Programme aims to strengthen collaboration between media outlets and individuals. It creates space for sharing expertise, experience and lessons. IPI will match willing experts and media partners with individuals or newsrooms interested in mentorship.

Applicants must be based in one of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

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For applicants (mentees)

  • Take ownership and be proactive! You play a crucial role in defining its objectives and potential outcomes. Suggest the mentoring format and type, and agree upon the mentorship duration and frequency. Aim at leading the process and making the most of it!

  • Dig into the problem you want to solve! In order to make the mentoring process effective, you should identify the question or challenge you are seeking assistance with.

  • Recognize advantages and limits of mentorship! Remember that mentorship is there to guide you, not to tackle all the challenges you face or provide ready-made solutions. Although mentors provide coaching and guidance, it is eventually up to you how you deploy the insights gained into your work.

For mentors

  • Listen to and determine the needs of the mentee. Once an understanding of the scope of the question or challenge is clear, present personal experience and guide the mentee along a viable path to approach their challenge. Useful cues include reference to similar experiences in your newsroom and what steps you took to solve it.

  • Together with mentees, build a trusted relationship in which questions and advice are encouraged to be provided in both directions.

  • Help the mentee find their own solutions. Remember you are there to guide the mentee, not to provide ready-made solutions or impose your opinions on them. Encourage the mentee to find out what works best for them.

For Mentors and Applicants

Who: Partnerships can be between newsrooms as a whole or between individuals, taking place digitally.

Setup: IPI’s innovation team will set up the initial call, then leave the participants to take it from there depending on interest and availability.

Mutual agreement: All decisions on the format and type of mentorship will be based on mutual agreement.

Clear outcomes: Before starting the mentoring process, we recommend that mentees and mentors agree upon what the primary focal points are by determining objectives and desired outcomes of the mentorship.

Time commitment: mentors and mentees will interact as much as each party is comfortable with. It is up to you!

Productivity: We recommend participants come to meetings with questions and considerations prepared, in order to ensure everyone’s time is spent productively.

Confidentiality: At the beginning of the process, mentees and mentors should agree on whether they wish to keep the process confidential. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and key learning with a larger audience.

Compensation: there will be no compensation for mentors nor fees for participants.

Questions? Contact us here: innovation@ipi.media

Our Mentors

Kevin Anderson
Kevin AndersonDirector, Professional Services, Pugpig
Kevin is passionate about delivering great digital products for media companies and great digital experiences for audiences and have done so for the BBC, The Guardian, Gannett and US public media. He will mentor you on product development and management, analytics, audience development including social media and newsletters, digital transformation and innovation strategy.
Bea Lara
Bea LaraEngagement & Community Editor at Maldita.es
Bea Lara is a journalist specialized in content creation, social media and community engagement. She would love to talk with you about membership strategies and how to involve communities in all journalistic processes.
Daryna Shevchenko
Daryna ShevchenkoCEO at The Kyiv Independent
Daryna Shevchenko is the CEO of the Kyiv Independent. Daryna has 10 years experience as a media manager, trainer and media consultant. Daryna can offer mentorship on HR (leadership, evaluation systems – OKR/KPI, feedback system etc.), revenue diversification and membership building.
Andrew Losowsky
Andrew LosowskyHead of Community Product at Vox Media
Andrew Losowsky’s main areas of expertise include journalism and product management. He has written for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times of London, among many others and led teams at Mozilla, Vox Media, HuffPost and at a Spanish editorial startup.
Fabienne Meijer
Fabienne MeijerInnovation Consultant
Fabienne works as an innovation consultant to help (media) organizations solve strategic challenges through the lens of human centered design. She is an empowering thinker, having worked with international startups and legacy media organizations alike to create strategies, develop new products and transform cultures. Fabienne can offer mentorship on innovative challenges like strategic planning and management, product development, change management, digital storytelling formats, data journalism and design thinking.
Lena Beate Hamborg Pedersen
Lena Beate Hamborg PedersenProduct Manager at Schibsted
Lena Beate has 10 years experience in product management and editorial. She has hands-on experience with the startup methodology Game plan, design sprint, management of product and development teams, user research, process management methods and the use of AI to meet accessibility requirements in news products.

David Tvrdon
David TvrdonSubscription Specialist at SMK.se
David Tvrdon is a journalist, podcaster, newsletter writer and subscription specialist at the Slovak daily SME.sk. He helps out podcasters, newsrooms and creators with monetisation, digital strategy and audience growth.

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