The Development and Aid World News Service is a platform to promote independent humanitarian journalism and storytelling. By offering grants to writers, bloggers, photographers, citizen journalists and traditional media, DAWNS supports telling human stories that are of global interest.
We are trying to revolutionize the way humanitarian journalism is supported.
The Development and Aid World News Service is a media platform for people interested in global news. Our flagship product is the DAWNS Digest, a hand-curated subscription-based daily news clipping service and mobile app that delivers an easy to read snapshot of the day’s global humanitarian news.
We aim to firmly establish DAWNS as a platform to support journalism for the humanitarian community. With revenue generated though subscriptions to DAWNS Digest we will start a publishing platform and micro-grant program to support reporting and story telling on global humanitarian issues. The projects we support will be of value to our community; they are supporting these endeavors through their subscriptions.
Our support for these projects may range from simple travel grants to book advances (for e-books) and anything in between. Projects DAWNS might support include: funding a multi-media journalist to report from a location that is typically off the radar; supplementing a photographer’s purchase of expensive equipment required for working in resource poor environments; and providing grants to local citizen journalists for reporting projects.
How this works
Our revenue model is based largely on low-cost subscriptions to the DAWNS Digest. The revenue we generate will go directly into issuing grants.
Can we help fund journalism and storytelling with a daily service for which individuals pay small monthly fees? We believe it is possible, and ultimately more sustainable than depending solely on grants or philanthropy.