Gemini News Service Re-launch

Gemini News Service (GNS) was a London-based news agency that bought news features from developing world correspondents and distributed them to news media organizations around the world. Gemini closed in 2002 after three decades of operation due, in part, to the high cost of operating in London, a poor business plan and failure to adapt to new information and communications technologies (ICTs). Nevertheless, the Gemini brand still retains considerable value and Carleton University has secured the right to use the name Gemini if the service can be revived. This project will involve research on the demand in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and globally for articles on development issues, existing sources of such articles, the cost of such articles, and the modalities of sourcing them. The research will be used to develop a proof of concept and, if appropriate, a business plan for re-launching Gemini News Service at the Centre for Media and Transitional Societies at Carleton University. The ultimate goal of the project is to expand sources of information development in Africa, to provide income opportunities for established African journalists, to provide training opportunities for emerging African journalists, and to provide Canadian journalism students with the opportunity to work with African journalists and to write about Africa.

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Start Date

Thursday, September 8, 2011

End Date

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


8 months

IDRC Officer

Weston, Ann

Total funding

CA$ 59,700


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Allan Thompson


Carleton University

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