2023-12-18

RUSE - The project is tasked to strengthen the news flow in local communities, currently deprived of up-to-date and reliable information. We will contribute to their growth and the strengthening of the democratic process by including and involving them in the media content.

The targeted measures to improve the technical conditions of the website www.briag.bg will significantly contribute to increasing the audience in the communities, members of which usually do not actively engage with media content.

The project “Accessible, reliable and unbiased content for the audience of Briag Media Group EOOD in marginalized local communities and news deserts” aims to provide quality media services for the people of the communities who often encounter difficulties in accessing news and information. Specific activities and results: Activity 1: Research and Analysis; Activity 2: Website Platform Improvement; Activity 3: Training and Support for Journalist Staff. The results will be measured by specific metrics - number of readings, engagement, and audience feedback. The project will use digital marketing and Search Engine Optimization to increase the reach of the information to a wider audience. The project’s sustainability will be ensured through: flexible funding, partnerships, audience retention.

Target group

The aim of the project is to improve access to news content of local marginalized communities and news deserts in the region by expanding and tailoring the content of the website www.briag.bg as suitable for this audience.

Goals of the project

The aim of the project is to improve access to news content of local marginalized communities and news deserts in the region by expanding and tailoring the content of the website www.briag.bg as suitable for this audience. The main beneficiaries of the project will be:

  • Local communities: until now, marginalized areas and news deserts in the region have not had the opportunity to receive timely, reliable and region that have not had the opportunity to receive timely, reliable and unbiased information. Thanks to this project, these communities will gain access to reliable information related to their environment; and will become better informed about current events and issues in their area.
  • Media users: The project will be a win for the audience of the website www.briag.bg as a whole, because the information that reaches it will be enriched with news about the local communities and news deserts that have not come to its attention so far.
  • The Journalists: The project will help our journalists to gain new knowledge on content creation and Search Engine Optimization, sharing news on social networks, etc., aimed at readers from local communities and news deserts.
  • The Democratic Process: In the end, democracy will win. Because greater awareness of unreached or under-reported local social groups will improve their participation in the democratic process, making them more informed and active citizens.

About the media outlet

Briag Media Group EOOD is a Bulgarian publishing company. Its sole owner Margarita Trifonova Vasileva is a journalist and publisher with over 30 years of professional experience. Briag Media Group was registered in 2005 and publishes several print and online publications distributed across the northern part of Bulgaria. Briag Media Group is a member of the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria (SIB) and the Bulgarian Association of Regional Media (BARM). All the members of the media strictly adhere to the principles of the Code of Ethics of the Bulgarian media, as well as the International Principles of Professional Ethics in Journalism.

Supported
€25.700 allocated on 31/10/2023
ID
MD/2023/171

WEBSITE

www.briag.bg

SOCIAL MEDIA 

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