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Thomson Media gGmbH is leading the way in tackling today’s big issues by strengthening media skills worldwide. Working with governments, philanthropic and institutional donors from its Berlin base, we bring innovative media approaches to get to the heart of critical issues, from regional security to climate change to migration and economic growth. Thomson Media gGmbH is an international not-for-profit organisation and is a partner of the Thomson Foundation Group.

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Media development

Thomson Media is a leader in media development delivering high-calibre training for media and public communication practitioners globally and has extensive recent experience in providing programmes in the countries neighbouring the European Union.





Media training

Skills-intensive training is at the heart of what we do. Our trainers, all with impressive journalistic credentials, focus on developing journalists' practical skills. The emphasis is on hands-on training, reporting on real stories and tackling technical challenges.






Christoph Lanz is a journalist and strategic adviser in media development for both national and international clients and is Deutsche Welle's former managing director of multimedia. He joins Thomson Media as head of the board.





David Quin is managing director of Thomson Media and in charge of sourcing and managing all donor-funded projects. He builds strategic partnerships with funding organisations and media companies to help us achieve our goals.



Christine Liehr is our development manager. She has a specific focus on donor relations within the EU. Her previous experience includes large scale development programme management in the Middle East focusing on business development.



Lisa Hudson-Bushart brings a decade of experience in project management in media and EU affairs. She was previously at the European Journalism Centre, where she organised media training events in countries such as Burkina Faso and Jordan.​



Federica Varalda is project manager for the EU-funded OPEN Media Hub project​ and joins Thomson Media after working in communications for the private sector, NGO's and EU institutions in Malta, Switzerland and Belgium.



Angela Toader joins Thomson Media as a projects and finance manager. She previously worked for the German Red Cross in Berlin, as a project coordinator, where she managed a high profile project for UNICEF.



Iryna Kosova is responsible for the finance and administration of training events in Ukraine. Iryna previously worked at the Danish Refugee Council strengthening capacities of authorities and civil society working with child refugees.



Maja Vasic-Nikolic is local coordinator for the Western Balkans region, with over a decade of experience managing projects focused on advancing journalists’ impact in the field of media freedoms and safety of journalists. 



Olena Sadovnik is a Kyiv-based consultant responsible for the setup of all training events in Ukraine and supports communication with donors and partners. She coordinated Thomson's largest project in Ukraine called Regional Voices.





Strengthening conflict sensitive coverage

Regional Voices was aimed to address social tensions due to conflict in Ukraine through ethically balanced coverage.




Building media capacity

Deepening Digital is aimed at building better relationships between Kazakhstan's journalists and government based on respect and understanding.




Freedom of expression

As part of the EU-funded Media4Democracy, we are training journalists in Honduras in data skills to interrogate the government's system.


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Across borders

OPEN Media Hub supports a network of media professionals in 17 countries bordering the EU. Our unique sharing system delivers high impact coverage from reporters trained by the Hub directly into Europe's biggest media organisations.


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David Quin, managing director, Thomson Media