International Women’s Media Foundation Reporting Trips to Rwanda/DRC and Uganda for Freelance Women Journalists

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Deadline: 3 October 2015

The IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation) is currently inviting applications for first ever cross-border reporting trip to Rwanda/DRC and second reporting trip to Uganda.

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These opportunities are part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region.

To date, 44 journalists 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.

Trip to Rwanda/DRC                                                                           

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Ten women journalists will report on conservation and sustainable agriculture in Rwanda/DRC from January 26 – February 12, 2016. The online application to take part in this trip will be open through October 3, 2015.

Trip to Uganda

Concurrently, a group of six journalists will cover themes of democracy and governance in Uganda from January 26 – February 8, 2016. The online application to take part in this trip will be open through October 3, 2015.

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The 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.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists.
  • Applicants must have at least 3 years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.
  • Non-native English speakers 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online for the specific trip they want to take part in.

For more information, please visit IWMF.

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