NOVEMBER 1, 2015, EDITOR’S NOTE REGARDING CAR REPORTING TRIP: The IWMF’s first ever reporting trip to the Central African Republic (CAR), scheduled to take place in November 2015, has been postponed due to a recent surge in violence in Bangui. The trip will now tentatively take place in July 2016, pending a reassessment of security conditions. Fellows selected to join the CAR trip will instead report from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu Province, covering a wide range of underreported stories.
Six journalists selected for IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Trip Departing in November
First IWMF Reporting Trip to Central African Republic (CAR)
September 23, 2015 – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected six journalists as Fellows for its first ever reporting trip to Central African Republic. This trip is part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative.
The fellowship will take place from November 3 – 17, 2015. Journalists will convene in Bangui for an orientation and high-risk environments and first aid (HEFAT) training, which they will complete alongside 20 Central African journalists. Fellows will then complete ten days of reporting around the themes of civil society, governance, and humanitarian issues. While in country, they will have the opportunity to meet with local journalists, collaborate with other fellows, and discover sites relevant to their reporting.
Laura Angela Bagnetto is a broadcast journalist with Radio France Internationale based in Paris, France.
The IWMF designed the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative to support journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives 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, 44 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.
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