Independent Journalism Center (IJC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political private institution that provides assistance to journalists and media outlets in the Republic of Moldova.
The IJC mission is to facilitate the development of an informed society by strengthening a free and viable press, including new media, by means of projects that provide education in journalism and public relations, advocacy media campaigns, research, media literacy, and non-profit journalistic products.
One of the IJC leading projects is the Chisinau School of Advanced Journalism. Launched in 2006, this School provides a ten month postgraduate program in journalism for 20 persons coming from different academic backgrounds.
Providing free-of-charge assistance to the journalism community in the form of counselling or representation in court was the basis for creating IJC and it continues to draw interest of media outlets.
IJC’s diverse trainings led by experienced local and foreign trainers often bring together journalists from around the country. IJC expands the range of training topics to always meet the latest needs of media professionals.
Development of advocacy campaigns and activities by the IJC and creation of multimedia products to support them are the main production services of IJC. IJC produces social messages, human interest stories and video reports.
In addition to publishing news about media on its Media Azi web portal, IJC offers two regular publications: the biannual analytical magazine Mass Media in Moldova in digital format and the Mass Media Guide.
In March 2016 IJC launched a new media literacy web portal, Mediacritica.md, aimed to fight cases of propaganda and manipulation in Moldovan media.
IJC also conducts audience research and studies on the needs of the media and monitors print and broadcast media (during and after elections, as well as on particular topics).
IJC was established in 1994 as a project of the Open World House and became an independent organization in 1998.