Media Empowerment for Democratic Information Access (MEDIA), a two year long communication initiative implemented by Equal Access Nepal concluded in October 2012. The MEDIA Initiative has played an effective role to strengthen the capacity of the independent media in Nepal. By introducing innovative interventions, the project worked towards the objectives of strengthening the capacity of independent media in Nepal's emerging democracy through: innovative applications to increase the variety reported content; the observation of trends in national media outlets; public education on the role of independent media; legal support; training for journalists working in conflict-affected environments; and addressing journalistic standards, media ownership reforms, job tenure, safety and gender/race/caste discrimination and journalists remuneration among Media mangers.
30 episodes of Naya Nepal radio programming produced and nationally broadcast on media and civic education, Human Rights, Rule of Law, governance and elections (equalaccess.org.np/naya-nepal), launched and promotion of social media applications (meroreport.net) and (mediamanch.net) dedicated promoting citizen journalism, and providing professional resources for journalists, national and regional level Media Mangers workshops conducted which led to the production of a book on best practices in media management, creation of a legal support mechanism which helped 32 journalists in need of legal aid, establishment of a system to improve content quality of national media through media monitoring (mediamanch.net/page/media-monitoring), production and broadcast of a TV documentary on the value of independent media and fellowship to 24 journalists for investigative articles on threats to journalists were major outputs of the project. This project was funded by the United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.