Reporting Initiatives & Training

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Women and men participating in the IWMF’s programs become highly skilled investigative journalists. They earn promotions and awards as a result of the reporting skills acquired through our training and bring positive change to their newsrooms. IWMF reporting fellows become specialists in their newsrooms through exposure to a wide variety of experts. They produce high-quality, in-depth reporting on issues or global importance from HIV/AIDS to agriculture and development to environmental issues all through a gendered perspective.

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“It is rare for a journalist to have the opportunities and financial support that the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship offers. The fellowship helped me grow as a journalist because it gave me time to slow down and experiment with different areas within journalism, enabling me to really hone in on what it is that I most liked to do in journalism and where I had the most to offer.”

– Catherine Elton, 2005/06 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow


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    African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative
    The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative was created in 2014, building on the success of earlier IWMF reporting trips to the Western Sahara and Eastern DR Congo (DRC). The program supports journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established path of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. Through 2019, the IWMF is leading reporting trips to the Central African Republic, DRC, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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  • Symbolia-thnElizabeth Neuffer FellowshipThe Fellowship, named after the 1998 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner and The Boston Globe correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer, offers a unique opportunity for a woman journalist to spend seven months combining reporting and research on human rights and social justice while taking classes at MIT’s Center for International Studies and sharpening her professional skills at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

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  • FellowsEastern DR Congo Reporting Fellowship
    This vast country the size of Western Europe has for the last two decades been at the center of Africa’s World War, portrayed in the news media as a place of death, rape and conflict minerals. Stories of life in the DRC, as opposed to death, rarely make headlines. Yet to reach a deeper understanding of the place, these are the stories that must be told.

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  • Symbolia-thnWomen Entrepreneurs in Digital NewsLimited access to capital and training threaten women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. The IWMF’s Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grant program, funded by the Ford Foundation, tackles this disparity head on by combating these twin obstacles.

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  • 2013Fellows-thnHIV/AIDS Reporting FellowshipIn partnership with major South African media outlets, the IWMF is preparing journalists to produce in-depth reporting on issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Fellows complete a specialized year-long training curriculum and receiving ongoing mentoring from experienced journalists and scholars.

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  • WesternSahara-thnWestern Sahara Reporting FellowshipThis reporting fellowship provides international women journalists with the opportunity to exchange knowledge with local journalists in the Western Sahara, to gain firsthand insight into the region’s culture and economic development, and to bring attention to underreported stories.

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  • EnviroFellows-thnEnvironmental Reporting FellowshipIn 2012, the IWMF launched its first-ever reporting fellowship program in the Philippines to transform news media coverage of environmental issues. The IWMF provided advanced training and coaching to10 journalists, preparing them to produce innovative reports about environmental problems and solutions.

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