For media nonprofits and start-ups of all types, finding sustainable financial strategy is the key to surviving for more than a year or two. Here are hard-won lessons from our colleagues around the world, on revenue diversification, membership, holding events, fundraising and more. Sustainability: Overview

Sustainability: Introduction
Sustainability: Perspective – Essential Reading
Sustainability: Perspective – More Reading
Sustainability: Perspective – Case Studies

Sustainability: News

Sustainability: Recent News


Fundraising: Essential Reading
Fundraising: More Reading

Audience Engagement and Revenue

Audience Engagement and Revenue: Essential Reading
Audience Engagement and Revenue: More Reading
Audience Engagement and Revenue: Case Studies

Commercial Income

Commercial Income: Essential Reading
Commercial Income: General – More Reading
Commercial Income: Subscription/Paywalls – More Reading
Commercial Income: Subscription/Paywalls – Case Studies
Commercial Income: Advertising

Other Sources of Income

Other Sources of Income: Essential Reading
Other Sources of Income: Newsletters
Other Sources of Income: Events
Other Sources of Income: Syndication, Publishing Partnerships, Rights Sales
Other Sources of Income: Podcasts
Other Sources of Income: Micropayments
Other Sources of Income: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency


Crowdfunding: Essential Reading
Crowdfunding: Case Studies

Demonstrating Impact

Demonstrating Investigative Impact: Essential Reading
Demonstrating Investigative Impact: More Reading

Tips for Donors

Tips for Donors

Resources for Finding and Using Satellite Images

Satellite images are powerful tools for discovery and analysis, plus provide vivid illustrations. There is real potential for investigative journalists to make greater use of these space images, although they have used them to report on conflicts, climate change, refugees, forest fires, illegal mining, oil spills, deforestation, slavery and many other topics. Imagery, as one expert put it, “is independent of the official line of thinking.”

Among other benefits, images are great for showing change over time, such as retreating shorelines, growing islands or lost vegetation. Examining images can complement other research, possibly providing corroborating evidence. This GIJN resource includes ten places to go for pro bono help and free images, including high resolution images.

Tracking Ships at Sea

More than 90,000 commercial ships make up the world’s commercial fleet, their locations closely tracked and the resulting data available for free. GIJN has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to track ships (including big yachts and fishing boats). It’s possible to learn where ships came from and where they are going in near real time. Also, you can research ship owners, get information about the ships and see pictures of them. Tools also exist to follow the movements of the cargo containers they carry.