IWMF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC REPORTING FELLOWSHIP | November 2-17, 2015

Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce its first reporting trip to the Central African Republic. Six women journalists will have the opportunity to travel with the IWMF to report on themes of civil society, governance and humanitarian issues from November 2 – 17, 2015. The online application for this fellowship will be open through August 12, 2015.

The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative was created in 2014, building on the success of earlier IWMF reporting trips to the Western Sahara and DRC. The IWMF designed this reporting fellowship program to support journalists interested in pursuing stories in under-reported countries that go beyond the well-established narrative of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. To date, 44 IWMF reporting fellows have covered a wide range of topics 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 unacknowledged promise. The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative is funded by a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

For more information about this reporting trip to the Central African Republic, please review the trip details and eligibility requirements. There is additional information about the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative online at www.iwmf.org

ONLINE APPLICATION:
The IWMF will accept online applications from July 15 – August 12, 2015.

REPORTING TRIP DATES:
November 2 – 17, 2015

ABOUT THE REPORTING TRIP TO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC:
Fellows will begin their trip with three days of comprehensive security training alongside local Central African journalists. Fellows will then complete 10 days of in-country reporting, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, meet with sources and visit sites relevant to their reporting.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES:
The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows. The IWMF also covers fellowship-related expenses within the framework of the reporting trip including, visas, travel, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.

ELIGIBILTY:
Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. Applicants must have experience reporting from hostile environments. 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 proficient in French will be given priority due to the lack of availability of English speaking fixers and interpreters. 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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