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Over US$4m Grant Money available for Woman Reporters

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Washington, 29.01.2019, 15:20 Uhr
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Washington [ENA] The Washington-based International Women's Media Foundation NGO has announced two new grants for women journalists to “unleash their power in transforming global news media”. Funding supports projects from female reporters and on women’s stories including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. IWMF said female journalists of all nationalities could apply for a grant.

Donations totaling over US$4m aim at making fellows and grantees, both freelance and staff journalists, experts in reporting in underserved regions, generating must-read stories, aligning with top outlets, and bringing critical issues affecting women and others to light. “We recognize badass (uncompromising) female journalists and photographers whose courage sets them apart. And we research the factors that allow journalism to remain dominated by men — while advocating for inclusive practices that help propel women and minorities into leadership”, IWMF stated in a release carried by the International Journalists’ Network (INJ) today.

According to the organization the dearth of women in media leadership has an effect on how issues are covered. Gender-specific issues often went underreported — or coverage reflected gender stereotypes. A recent study on coverage of reproductive rights had found that most articles were written by men and that men were quoted more frequently than women as well. Possible projects under the grant include exposing underreported but critical global issues; challenging traditional media narratives; developing field-based expertise and strengthening careers; pursuing training and leadership opportunities; and launching entrepreneurial news projects or acquiring the skill to do so.

Grant amounts would depend on the proposal and the inclusion of a detailed budget. Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience. Teams of journalists may apply, but the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50 percent women. The deadline is February 25, 2019 and applications may take 6-8 weeks to process, IWMF said. The IWMF’s other project, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, is a funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. These grants support reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.

The support for gender equity through independent reporting grants, IMWF says, highlights the need to provide women journalists with more robust funding opportunities to pursue journalism in the public interest. Grants under this program will average US$5,000 and will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators. Due to the large influx of applications, the IWMF cannot consider time-sensitive proposals. Applicants are warned to expect grants to be disseminated 6 – 10 weeks following the application close. The IWMF Advisory Council is made up of our renowned members, including Christiane Amanpour.

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