Announcing Fellows For DRC/Rwanda Cross-Border And Uganda Reporting Trips



Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected 18 journalists from seven countries to serve as fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. A group of ten women journalists will report on themes of conservation and sustainable agriculture January 26 – February 12, 2016 from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. Concurrently, eight women journalists will cover stories about democracy and governance January 26 – February 8, 2016 from Uganda.

All 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. This is the IWMF’s first cross-border reporting trip.

DRC/Rwanda Fellows

Erika Beras is a radio and print journalist for WESA and contributor to National Public Radio programs based in Pittsburgh.
Katya Cengel is a freelance print journalist based in California.
Kiana Hayeri is a freelance video and photojournalist based in Afghanistan.
Abigail Higgins is a freelance print journalist based in Kenya.
Lily Kuo is a print journalist for Quartz based in Kenya.
Sophia Mbugua is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Kenya.
Lindsey Parietti is a freelance video and print journalist based in Egypt.
Sophie Pilgrim is a print and multimedia journalist for France 24 in New York.
Christin Roby is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Ivory Coast.
Daniella Zalcman is a freelance documentary photographer based in London and New York.

Uganda Fellows

Ryan Lenora Brown is a freelance print journalist based in South Africa.
Mansi Choksi is a freelance print journalist based in Dubai.
Sruthi Gottipati is a freelance print journalist working primarily with France 24 in Paris.
Trinna Long is a print journalist for The Strait Times based in Malaysia.
Clair MacDougall is a freelance print journalist and writer based in Liberia.
Christina Okello is a broadcast journalist for Radio France Internationale based in Paris.
Sonia Paul is a freelance multimedia journalist who splits her time between the United States and India.
Kim Wall is a freelance multimedia journalist based in New York.

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, 49 journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported stories including issues of empowerment, democracy, food security, and conservation. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world.

During 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.

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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