Amplify Asia

Tailored coaching for Asian media

Amplify Asia is an innovative coaching program for independent media working to build their business capacity and financial sustainability. It provides support to independent media based in or serving selected countries in Southeast and South Asia.

Amplify Asia is currently closed for applications.

Key features and benefits

  • Careful matching with personal coach from the region to advise on company strategy
  • Capacity building plans tailored to the media’s individual needs
  • Access to regional specialists
  • Technical assistance in areas such as website redesign, SEO services, sales and marketing training
  • Possibility of small grants and seed equity facility

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Criteria for joining the program

Amplify Asia supports the business development of selected media from Southeast Asia as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There are strict eligibility conditions for participation. Applicants must be:

  • Media companies (for-profit) or not-for-profit organizations committed to providing credible, independent news, information or public interest debate for audiences based primarily in South and Southeast Asia. Media from Southeast Asia as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are eligible to apply.
  • Independent from the government or any other political or economic interest group.
  • Supportive of democratic practices and institutions, political pluralism, transparency, human rights, dignity and equal rights for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other subjects of discrimination.
  • Operating in countries where access to reliable information is limited.
  • Legally registered, except in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Committed to developing a path to financial sustainability.
  • Having sufficient capacity to produce regular financial reports.
  • Willing to commit sufficient time to work with coaches/mentors and carry out assigned tasks.

Please note: Amplify Asia is currently closed for applications.


Media from the following Southeast Asian countries are eligible: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Media from the following South Asian countries are eligible: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

We do not have an expansion planned at this time.

Coaching schedules are based on agreement between the media and the coach assigned to work with them, but virtual meetings are usually weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, with periodic in-person coaching meetings as well. At least two of the media’s top executives should be ready to participate regularly in the coaching program.

Amplify Asia principally provides capacity-building support in the form of coaching and training. The program does have a small grant facility to support new initiatives designed to extend audience reach or increase revenue, provided the media’s coach endorses them.

Applications are currently closed.

No. While Amplify Asia supports and encourages local language projects, the application must be in English.

Yes, but they must be committed to developing non-donor revenue streams.

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact Senior Program Officer for Asia Mayuri Mei Lin.

Participating media

Bandung Bergerak Logo

Country: Indonesia
Type: Digital

Bandung Bergerak is a hyperlocal media outlet that reports on political and social affairs issues in Bandung, the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province.

Davao Today Logo

Country: Philippines
Type: Digital

Davao Today is an online news magazine based in Davao, focused on news, business, politics, culture and lifestyle in the city and nearby towns.

Faqcheck Logo

Country: Malaysia
Type: Digital

Faqcheck Lab is a fact-checking initiative based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They factcheck and debunk disinformation spread online, and also conduct media monitoring.

Himal Southasian logo

Country: Sri Lanka
Type: Digital

Himal Southasian is a regional online magazine with a focus on the politics and culture of South Asia.

Konde Logo

Country: Indonesia
Type: Digital

Konde is an online news outlet that reports and publishes research on the politics, economics and social affairs of women and minority groups in Indonesia.

Luat Khoa Logo

Country: Vietnam
Type: Digital

Luật Khoa Magazine is an independent, not-for-profit online magazine based in exile covering Vietnam’s political and legal scene.

Project Multatuli Logo

Country: Indonesia
Type: Digital

Project Multatuli is a collective initiative producing data-based, deeply researched news stories focused on marginalised voices in society.

NU Jabar Logo

Country: Indonesia
Type: Digital

NU Jabar Online is an online media outlet based in Bandung with news focused on the West Java province.

Pakistan Press International Logo

Country: Pakistan
Type: Digital

Pakistan Press International is an independent news wire agency that is recognized as a credible news source and has one of the largest networks of journalists in Pakistan.

Puma Podcast Logo

Country: Philippines
Type: Audio

Puma podcast is a leader in podcasting and audio production in the Philippines, founded by a group of award-winning journalists.

The Centrum Media Logo

Country: Pakistan
Type: Digital

The Centrum Media is an independent digital media based in Pakistan that reports on the South Asia region.

The Opener Logo

Country: Thailand
Type: Digital

The Opener is an independent digital publication based in Bangkok that reports on political, economic and cultural issues in Thailand.

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