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Media for peace

Journalism that creates peace

Use journalism to create access to information in crisis regions. Together with and the Universität der Bundeswehr München, you can promote peace in crisis regions through journalism. In our new Media for Peace fellowship program, we'll work with you to develop ways to support journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan that de-escalates and promotes peace.

Unfortunately, the application period is already over. We will inform you about further application forms, programs and opportunities in our monthly newsletter.

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Start your peace mission

How could journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan look like that would be de-escalating and peace-building? Through research, prototyping and innovation methods, you will develop content formats, platforms or technologies with which journalism can contribute to more peace in both regions.

We have deliberately chosen two very different countries; one whose daily life has long been marked by war and conflict, and one in a post-conflict state. This difference allows us to take a comparative approach, especially with respect to the question of how peace processes, supported by journalism, can succeed.

In this, you are not alone. It doesn't matter if you already have a concrete idea or if you are just interested in the topic - in a team of up to ten fellows in six months you will develop a prototype together and possibly a finished product in another six months.

More freedom for journalism

With our coaches you get the skillset you need. Among other things, you will learn these methods:

  • User research & determining the needs of the target audiences
  • Problem validation
  • Solution validation
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Resilience and crisis training
What you can expect at Media for Peace


You receive a fixed compensation per month for your work for more peace.

Contacts & Network

The Media Lab Bayern, together with the and the UniBw Munich, will help you to establish contacts with journalists and to publicize the media products for more peace.

Mentors & Coaches

Design thinking, user research or resilience training - our coaches and mentors will support you with their expertise and empathy.

A task with meaning

With Media for Peace, you will be working for democratic principles, freedom of the press and the active promotion of peace.

Schedule of the program

  • Application phase ( May 3 - June 30, 2022)

    Application is closed.

  • Prototype (Oct 22 - March 23)

    You will develop a prototype for
    a platform with 9 other Fellows.

  • MVP (Mar 23 to Dec 23)

    You will develop your prototype
    into a real platform.

Get to know the

FELLOWS of the project



Darine is a front-end and a UI/UX engineer. Her main mission is to turn ideas into reality by building first product prototypes and transforming it to a fully functional front-end solution that takes online presences to the next level.



Ali is a former CS lecturer and a Frontend Web developer, focusing on JavaScript development. He is well-experienced at the intersection of prototyping and front-end development. Ali is motivated, believes in teamwork, and is passionate about learning every day.



Elie is a backend software engineer, with a focus building backend solutions that power online presences. He can work on front-end issues and he is well-experienced with user-centric approaches while being specialized in backend engineering.



Elie combines multimedia conception, marketing and product development. He has a strong ability to switch between high-level concepts and strategies but go in full hands-on with marketing, user research, and testing.



Julia works as a freelance journalist for some of the major German media outlets. She is well-experienced in developing and launching small digital formats like podcasts and knows how to set up tech projects on her own.



Laura is a multimedia editor with nine years of experience. She has expertise on the coverage of armed conflicts, human rights issues, and peacebuilding. Also interested in promoting and applying solutions journalism to counter excessive negativism in the media.



Musa is a writer and an expert on cultural sensitivities and the societal structure of Afghanistan, South Asia and the Middle East. He was a program manager for a large peace-building and conflict transformation project and helped to build an ecosystem of peace-oriented services. He speaks multiple languages and has worked extensively with refugees, newcomers, internally displaced people and minorities.



Radka combines a data analysis background with strong peace journalism knowledge. She is part of multiple international communities and networks intersecting media, digital innovation, and peace. Additionally, she speaks multiple languages and helped to create and launch digital platforms during her time at UNICEF Serbia.



Shafi is an award-winning multimedia journalist and writer who has been covering Afghanistan for the past 8 years, including reporting on the 2021 Taliban takeover. He has covered the conflict in Afghanistan, the 2020 US withdrawal agreement, peace negotiations between Taliban and government of Afghanistan, women’s rights and the threat from the Islamic State.



Timour is the owner and founder of “studiomonaco”, a Munich-based agency focussing on strategic conception and communication for industry, services, and NGOs as well as CEO- & Change-Communication. He led various editorial teams and - if time allows - works as a freelance journalist.



Omid is a journalist with experience in news writing, reporting, and anchoring for several national and international broadcasters. He is also a skilled public speaker and received multiple awards and prizes for his works in Afghanistan

Questions about the Media for Peace program

Is the program offered part-time?

It is possible to participate in the support program on a part-time basis. You should commit at least 20 hours per week to it.

Is the program face-to-face or remote?

As this is a program with international participants, the program is predominantly remote. Occasional face-to-face workshops are planned.

How far along does my idea need to be?

If you already have a concrete idea, that's great. But be prepared to critically question and adapt your idea. If you don't have a concrete idea yet, but have a lot of enthusiasm for the topic, that's great too! Especially in the first phase, it is about finding out what could help crisis journalism.

Any question about the M4P program?