Call for Applications: Rwanda/DRC and Uganda trips

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative | January/February 2016

Application deadline: October 3, 2015.

The IWMF is pleased to announce its first ever cross-border reporting trip to Rwanda/DRC and second reporting trip to Uganda.

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.

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.

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.

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 will accept online applications from September 3 – October 3, 2015.
Rwanda/DRC reporting trip: apply here
Uganda reporting trip: apply here

Rwanda/DRC: January 26 – February 12, 2016
Uganda: January 26 – February 8, 2016

All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus countries. Fellows then depart for about one week of in-country independent reporting from Rwanda/DRC or Uganda, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and meet with sources and discover sites relevant to their reporting.

The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows. 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. Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.

Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least 3 years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. All nationalities are welcome to apply, but 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.

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Application Guidelines
Meet The African Great Lakes Reporting Fellows: Uganda And Rwanda
Reshaping the Narrative of Africa
About the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative


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