Through our work, we generate a wealth of data, observations, case studies and best practices related to innovation in journalism. However, we rarely had the opportunity to gather all this knowledge in one place and share it more widely than we do it now, through a variety of formats and channels, with those who need information on innovations in journalism, primarily journalists and media entrepreneurs, but also researchers, policymakers and other interested parties.

To respond to this problem, CMDS has launched Journalism Breakthroughs, a project aimed at more methodically collecting data and information about innovation in journalism and improving the ways (formats, channels and frequency) in which it packages and disseminates this content for much broader consumption than we generate now.

This project is strategically important for CMDS as knowledge sharing is one of the center’s three main lines of work (research and policy analysis being the other two). By knowledge sharing we mean a complex set of activities all aimed at making knowledge generated by research available to interested parties as well as the general public.

Journalism Breakthroughs will be part of our larger knowledge sharing line of work whose two main goals in the next three years are the following:

  • Increase the quantity and quality of CMDS’ journalistic content output using the findings generated through our research activities (i.e. Media Influence Matrix, or outcomes of CMDS’ annual summer school on topics related to journalism innovation such as funding models and trust in journalism, etc.). These activities are already practice-oriented and have a strong focus on under-researched and under-served regions (the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Latin America, MENA, Southeast Asia etc.). By focusing on innovation in journalism, this project aims to collect examples, best practices and lessons from a more diverse set of contexts to enrich the knowledge about innovation in journalism.
  • Increase the outreach of this content, particularly in regions where information on these issues is scarce (in line with the center’s strategic focus on countries in less developed countries, mostly outside Western Europe and US), and explore and circulate internationally related ideas and experiences generated in these regions.

We focus on three main categories within journalism, in which innovation plays a huge role:

  1. innovations in operation
  2. innovations in journalistic tools
  3. innovations in content

Learn more about each category by clicking on the links.


Aleksandra Skripnik is a research intern at CMDS. She has three years of experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors mostly in Russia and Spain. Originally from Moscow, she finished Law school in Moscow with a focus on the protection of Civil rights. This year she started the LLM Human Rights course at ELTE University, Budapest. In 2016-2017 she was chosen for the project Young for Young (Erasmus+) and completed an almost one-year voluntary service in Valencia, Spain, where she worked with children and refugees and engaged with the local government to improve programs for youth. Prior to this project, she attended the Leadership Summit in Jerusalem, Israel, and served for 4 months as media and fundraising manager at Aviv Initiative. She also volunteered in the Press Center during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rumi Akter is pursuing her MA in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at Central European University. Originally from Bangladesh, she has pursued Graduation and Post-Graduation in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. She also did a Post-Graduation Diploma in Genocide Studies from the Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) at the University of Dhaka. Prior to joining CEU, Rumi worked as a Research Assistant at the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) where her main tasks were to develop academic papers and present papers on seminars and conferences. She also gained editorial competency by editing articles for the Journal of International Affairs and working on book projects. She often writes for the English dailies of Bangladesh. She also has work experience as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) at the BRAC University and interned with the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) as well. Her research interests include human rights, Rohingya refugees, geopolitics, Bangladesh and China Studies.