The Urban Activist

https://theurbanactivist.com/

Founder Susana Fernández Molina of The Urban Activist worked in finance for many years and saw a need for a storytelling platform to bring grassroots solutions together. She believes a story out of New York can inspire action in Nairobi. What is effective in Buenos Aires could also work in Berlin. The Urban Activist focuses on local innovation and an engaged citizenry as key to finding answers to the world’s most pressing challenges and advancing progress. She says:

"The grassroots organisations in our cities don’t always get enough support. Companies tend to invest in bigger initiatives and I want to raise the voices of the smaller ones. The stories are too small to be featured in mainstream media but a city is a good arena to speak about global topics from a local perspective."

The Urban Activist investigates local initiatives and people on the ground who are working on responses to problems, creating a diversity in voices. Susana:

"I think we have too much negative news and people don't think positively. Regarding climate change, for example, people feel like they can't do anything about it. We want to inform them so that they take action."

The Urban Activist operates as a non-profit and keeps the publication free of ads. The platform relies on grants and partnerships with non-profit organisations for their funding.

Updated: February 2024.

Location:
Munich, Germany
Year the organisation started publishing:
2019
Languages:
English
Spanish
Type of coverage:
International
Countries of coverage:
Germany
Other
Other countries of coverage:
Global

Content

Type of content produced by theme:
Entertainment and culture
Economy and business
Entrepreneurship
Education
Environment
Health and well-being
Society and human rights
Gender
LGBTIQ+
Ethnic minorities
Refugees
Migration
Journalism genres:
Essays
Investigative journalism
Journalism coverage types and techniques:
Solutions or constructive journalism
Engaged, community-driven or participatory journalism
Tech platforms and other mediums used:
Website
Newsletter
Social media platforms
Facebook
Instagram
LinkedIn
Primary tech platform or medium used to publish content:
Website

Audience and reach

Social media audience

Facebook number of followers:
2300
Instagram number of followers:
2358

Management and team

Founders

Female:
1
Male:
None
Founders:
Susana Fernandez Molina
Directors:

Team

Full-time employees:
1
Part-time employees:
None
Freelancers or consultants:
2
Volunteers:
None

Business structure and revenue sources

Organisation tax status:
Not yet incorporated / registered
All revenue sources reported by media leaders:
Grants
Grants from private donor organisations
Consultancy services
Services for nonprofit organisations
Content services for others
Content development for NGOs
The primary source of revenue reported by media leaders:
Services for nonprofit organisations
The second most important revenue source reported:
Grants from private donor organisations

Transparency

Doesn’t publish information about annual revenue
Publishes the names of donors
Has an ethics policy / manual
Publishes an ethics policy / manual
Has a data privacy policy
Publishes a data privacy policy
Doesn’t have a whistleblower policy
Doesn’t have a complaints policy
Doesn’t have a sexual harassment or institutional violence policy
Is not signed up to a press regulator, trust initiative, or part of a press association
Publishes up to date information about its team
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