Funding available for Black journalists

    | July 23, 2023

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    The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is partnering with the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund to offer two opportunities.

    The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund (BJTRF) was started by journalist Sonia Weiser via GoFundMe on May 31, 2020. Sonia founded the BJTRF during the George Floyd riots to help Black writers access the mental health treatment they need to deal with the emotional toll of reporting on their experience.  While publications ask Black journalists — both freelance and full-time staff members — to put their lives at risk to report on racial injustices and embed themselves within protests, they rarely provide resources for these journalists to process the trauma incurred both on the job and in daily life. BJTRF will consider supporting Black journalists globally who:

    • have journalism as a primary profession; 
    • were laid off/furloughed or quit due to harmful workplace practices; or 
    • are former journalists suffering from lasting emotional or physical trauma from their time in the field.  

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    IWMF Submission Manager – Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund