​ Three projects that aim to reinvent the news in Latin America receive Media Factory funding

​ By Mariano Blejman

​ Finally! After more than five months reviewing 115 entries, interviewing 58 teams and choosing 18 finalists, Media Factory has chosen three teams to its first class of entrepreneurs. They are: ElMeme.me from Argentina, El Cambur from Venezuela, and GKillCity from Ecuador. Each will receive investment of US$75,000, plus mentorship from digital dominant media outlets worldwide. Watch the blog!

​ Four partners, Sasa Vucinic of North Base Media, Syed Karim of MDIF, Ariel Arrieta (NXTP Labs) and I, Mariano Blejman, manager partner of Media Factory and ICFJ Knight International Fellow, made the final selection. The winners will come to Buenos Aires for three months beginning May 26.

​ Media Factory is a startup accelerator which focuses exclusively on the business of online news and journalism. We select small teams of journalists working on content projects that have the potential to grow into successful, long-term content businesses. Media Factory invest USD 75,000 in each company and work with founders on editorial efficiency, audience growth, and revenue generation. We advise, through our network of mentors and investors, on emerging trends and best practices of successful digital news outlets from around the globe.


We will launch digital media outlets initially focused on politics and economics and will expand their coverage into other issues, with the goal of making them key digital platforms that will dominate their local market.

We offer:

  • Standardized technology.
  • Access to designers, developers, and other professional service providers.
  • Advice on editorial workflow and community management.
  • Engagement analytics.
  • Business model refinement.
  • Weekly peer-based learning sessions.
  • Review, critique, and advice from the local Hacks/Hackers community
  • Development of a digital media operations manual.
  • Reviewing case studies and mentorship for best practices from successful media operations all over the world.
  • Development of a guide for digital media operations.
  • Mentorship through best practices taken from successful news outlets worldwide.
  • Selected teams will be relocated to Buenos Aires during 4 month 2014.
  • Media Factory will help entrepreneurs create a company.
  • They will receive an investment of US$75,000 (including cash and services) for six months (four month in Buenos Aires).
  • Media Factory will take between 17 and 18% of each companies’ shares.
  • We will provide access to new partners and investors.

We are looking for:

  • Initial teams of three journalists.
  • Based anywhere in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries.
  • A strong professional network.
  • Successful experience generating any type of impact (building audience, having political influence or creating revenue).
  • Experience in journalism and digital content, capacity to produce summaries and to cover breaking news.
  • The three members of the team should each take responsibility for one area: editorial, community management and product design.

Initial goals:

  • Audience generation.
  • Community engagement.
  • Defining a business model.

    • After the acceleration period, the teams will return to their countries of origin where they’ll receive the mentoring of Media Factory to scale and achieve new rounds of investment. Furthermore, as part of the acceleration process the startups will build strong sales and marketing departments so they can monetize their platforms.


Jim Frederick
Contributing Editor, TIME Magazine en Time Inc.
Trei Brundrett
Chief Product Officer at VoxMedia.
Christopher Altchek
CEO at Policy Mic.
Higinio ("H.O.") Maycotte
CEO at Umbel
Madhav Chinnappa
Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google News & Magazines EMEA
David Brewer
Media strategy consultant en MediaHelpingMedia
Daniel Eilemberg
Director at Animal Político.
Matías Atwell
Strategy, Business & Platforms Development Director, Terra.
Miranda Mulligan
Executive Director at Knight Media Lab Northwestern University.
Lisandro Bril
Manager partner at Ax Venture.


Mariano Blejman
manager partner & Knight Fellow at ICFJ
Syed Karim
Director of innovation, Digital News Ventures at MDIF
James Breiner
News Leaders International.
Sasa Vucinic
CEO at IndieVoic.es
Ariel Arrieta
CEO at NXTP Labs


  1. Hangout de periodismo.

    +Hangouts de Periodismo No.31: Acelerando el sueño de crear un medio digital con Media Factory (ver Hangout aquí)
  2. Chat: Cómo crear un emprendimiento periodístico. November 18th, 10am Colombia, 12pm Buenos Aires

    Cómo crear un emprendimiento periodístico, con Media Factory
  3. Building the mentors' network that will accelerate news organizations creation with MediaFactory

    To create and accelerate new media at a time of historic economic growth across Latin America, I am launching Media Factory.
  4. IndieVoices (Media Factory partner) wants to help news outlets raise funds from the crowd

    Serbian journalist Sasa Vucinic likes to compare the current digital media revolution to a gold rush
  5. Media Factory: An Acceleration Initiative for Digital News in LatAm (Pulso Social)

    In Buenos Aires, there’s a new accelerator in town with a pretty unique focus: the news.
  6. How Media Factory will accelerate change in Latin American media

    Knight International Journalism Fellow: Argentina
  7. Media Factory: world's first news accelerator wants invest latin american projects

    Article published at Knight Center, Austin, TX.
  8. Media Factory's pitch at Global Editors Network summit, Paris

    Startups for news with the slogan: #hackthenewsroom.


El proceso de selección es confidencial. Usted será informado sobre la evolución de la convocatoria y el destino de su aplicación. Los datos serán compartidos entre el board y los inversores bajo estricta confidencialidad. Completa el formulario de aplicación aquí. Cualquier duda, puedes contactarnos en info@mediafactory.vc