International Women’s Media Foundation: Inviting Women Journalists from all over the World for Reporting Trips to South Sudan and Tanzania

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Deadline: 12 February 2016

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking applications from women journalists from all over the world for its first ever-reporting trip to South Sudan and second reporting trip to Tanzania from 1st-14th May, 2016.

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Six women journalists will report on development and humanitarian issues in South Sudan. Concurrently, another group of six journalists will cover stories related to conservation in Tanzania. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus countries.

These opportunities are part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. To date, 49 journalists have participated in this initiative and have covered a wide range of under-reported topics including civil society, democracy and governance, food security, and conservation. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world.

Benefits

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  • Fellows will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and meet with sources and discover sites relevant to their reporting.
  • IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows.
  • IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.
  • Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a woman journalist with at least three years of professional experience working in news media.
  • Reporters working in 
print, broadcast, or digital media, including freelancers, are eligible.
  • All nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Fellows must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
  • Applicants for the IWMF’s South Sudan reporting trip must have prior experience working in a hostile environment, and will preferably have experience in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
  • Applicants for South Sudan reporting trip must be comfortable working in a high-risk environment.
  • The IWMF reserves the right to postpone or cancel a reporting trip based on adverse security conditions.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

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For more information, please visit International Women’s Media Foundation.