International Media Project
(aka ~ Making Contact)
Founded in 1994, International Media Project (non-profit tax ID# 94-323-9511) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to investigative journalism, in-depth critical analysis, the promotion of civic participation and the dissemination of educational material. Its core focus is Making Contact. Foundations know us as International Media Project, but you can just call us Making Contact.
Making Contact produces media that analyses critical social and environmental issues and showcases grassroots solutions in order to inform and inspire audiences to action.
Our work heightens public consciousness, broadens debate on critical social issues and encourages civic participation, by giving voice to diverse perspectives and opinions underrepresented in corporate media. Our goal is to produce media that informs, inspires, and moves people to take action.
Our Core Activities
Making Contact, is an award-winning, 29-minute weekly magazine/documentary-style public affairs program heard on 151 radio stations in the USA, Canada, South Africa and Ireland.
We distribute Making Contact to non-commercial radio stations and online listeners without charge. We train independent journalists and community members in radio skills, improving popular access to the media. Through our community collaborations, Making Contact increases the media capacity of community groups and helps amplify the voices of those working and organizing for social justice.
Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in corporate media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems. Making Contact is free to noncommercial stations.
- In-depth reports on political and social issues, trends and events, contributed by journalists from around the globe.
- Ordinary people talk about how public policy affects their daily lives, families and communities.
- Speeches by social activists and advocates share a vision of a better world.
- Special mini-series, such as How We Survive.
International Media Project /Making Contact also provides fiscal sponsorship to select organizations. For more information, please send us an email.
We welcome your comments on our story posts and social media, as long as they are respectful, relevant and civil in tone. In order to maintain this site as a trusted and useful resource, we reserve the right to remove any post that does not comply with our Comment Policy, or simply is not in keeping with our editorial standards for civility. Any commenter who ignores our policies may be banned permanently and without notice. We may delete any comment that contains:
- Slander, personal attacks or abusive, hateful, threatening or offensive language or material. We won’t tolerate discrimination or hate speech including racism and transphobia, or degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, ability, gender or identity
- Spam or links to spam, including repeated attempts to redirect readers to another website
- Fake email addresses or profiles
- Comments off-topic to the article
- All capital letters
- Intentionally inflammatory rhetoric
- Links to inappropriate or unrelated content
- Identical, repetitive comments posted on multiple articles
- Excessively long URLs
- Personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.
- Blatantly promotional content
- Reproduced copyrighted articles from other sources: provide a link only
- More than 300 words. Text continued to another post to bypass the word limit will be deleted
Our comment section is provided for listeners’ opinions. Making Contact staff and board do not fact-check the statements posted as comments, and do not necessarily agree with the opinions. Disclaimer: Making Contact is not responsible for injury or liability to any reader or commenter resulting from the content posted on the site, or from comments posted by readers, that may be viewed as offensive, misleading, inaccurate, illegal, or otherwise unsuitable. Adapted, with thanks, from CommonDreams.org.
Editorial Independence Policy
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.