Call for applications: African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative

| December 12, 2014

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The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications from women journalists to participate in one of two international reporting fellowships, both tentatively scheduled to take place February 13-23, 2015.

The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative will provide training and support for in-country women journalists, as well as opportunities for international correspondents to work in regions of East and Central Africa that receive limited media coverage abroad. The fellowships include security training to help journalists stay safe in the field.

As part of the initiative, the IWMF will lead delegations of six journalists each to Rwanda and Uganda to cover under-reported economic and rural development issues.

The first three days of the fellowship include comprehensive security training and briefings by regional experts. Fellows will then participate in one week of independent in-country reporting and group activities, and will have the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders and local journalists.

Woman journalists and freelancers with at least three years of professional experience in print, broadcast, or digital media are eligible to apply for the fellowship. Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.

The IWMF will pay for fellowship-related expenses, including travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless the journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.

For more information, visit the IWMF website at:

The application form is available here:

The deadline for the first round of applications is December 20, 2014.

If you have any questions about the application process, write to: