Announcing Fellows for DRC and Tanzania Reporting Trips


12 Journalists Selected for IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Reporting Trips departing in June |

First IWMF Reporting Trip to Tanzania |

Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected twelve journalists from seven countries to serve as fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Two groups of six women journalists will report on themes of democracy and governance from June 9 – 22, 2015 from either Tanzania or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The fellows will convene in Kenya for a multi-day orientation and security training before departing for their respective reporting trips.

While in country, fellows will have the opportunity to meet with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and discover sites relevant to their reporting. The June trip will be the IWMF’s first reporting trip leading women journalists to Tanzania.

Tanzania Fellows

Abena Agyeman-Fisher is the editor-in-chief of Face2Face Africa.
Aurélie Fontaine is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Zhang Han is a Beijing-based print reporter with the Chinese financial newspaper, 21st Century Business Herald.
Moa Karlberg is a freelance photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Hannah McNeish is a freelance multimedia journalist based in East Africa whose reporting focuses on human rights and conflict.
Shamiso Yikoniko is an award-winning journalist for The Sunday Mail, a Zimbabwe weekly newspaper.

DRC Fellows

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Kate Lamb is an independent print and radio journalist based in Southeast Asia.
Ruth Maclean is a foreign correspondent covering southern Africa with The Times of London.
Siobhán O’Grady is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist currently working at Foreign Policy magazine.
Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance print and audio reporter based in Queens, New York.
Ariel Zirulnick is the East Africa correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor and its global intelligence and research service, Monitor Global Outlook.

The IWMF designed the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative to support journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established path of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. The program was created in 2014, building on the success of earlier IWMF reporting trips to the Western Sahara and DRC. To date, 32 journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported stories including issues of empowerment, democracy, food security, and conservation efforts. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world.

Over the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. By 2019, more than 250 reporters will have together reshaped traditional media narratives about this complicated region full of promise. The IWMF pays for fellowship-related expenses including travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative is funded by a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

About IWMF

For 25 years, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has been dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Our work celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

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