In the first episode of Indymedia, Rana Daoud talks to three freelance journalists about their perspectives and paths towards independent digital journalism, both financially and editorially.
Diana Moukalled of Daraj, Malek Khadhraoui of Inkyfada and Jonathan Dagher of Megaphone, all work in the field of independent media in Tunisia and Lebanon, working against the steady stream of mainstream media. Their objective is to avoid being subjected to the political pressures that limit both the general freedom of expression and press freedom, and to have full editorial independence.
For this, Daraj and Inkyfada have developed their own, distinct business models. In both cases, these two media outlets have used donors to finance themselves until they are able to become fully autonomous. Malek Khadhraoui stresses the fact that this funding does not affect the editorial process or topic selection in any way.
In both cases, Daraj and Inkyfada disclose the identity of their financial donors for the sake of complete transparency for their readership.
Episode guests, in order of appearance:
Diana Moukalled, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Daraj
Malek Khadhraoui, co-founder and executive director of inkyfada
Jonathan Dagher, journalist and producer at Megaphone
Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab. Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert. Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience. Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process. In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity. These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand. Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.