The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected 12 journalists from nine countries to participate as Fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. A group of six women journalists will report from Central African Republic July 15-25, 2016. Concurrently, six women journalists will report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo July 14-24, 2016. Both trips will explore stories related to civic engagement.
All fellows will begin their trips in Nairobi, Kenya for a multi-day orientation and security training before departing for their respective reporting countries. While on the ground, fellows will have the opportunity to meet with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and discover sites and sources relevant to their reporting. This is the IWMF’s first trip to Central African Republic.
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 fellowships to the Western Sahara and DRC. Since 2014, 79 journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported topics from the Great Lakes region including humanitarian issues, democracy, food security, and development.
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 and promising region. 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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Central African Republic (CAR) Fellows
Brenna M. T. Daldorph | Freelance
Brenna M. T. Daldorph is a freelance radio, print and web journalist. She’s based in Paris, France, where she most often works with Radio France Internationale, France 24 and the France 24 Observers. She often covers news out of Africa, and has a strong focus on human rights. Stories of immigration and diaspora are a recurrent theme in her work. In 2015, she participated in the Transom Storytelling Workshop, an intensive radio journalism training program based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She’s a graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, where she won the Hearst Journalism Award for Depth Reporting, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Inna Lazareva | Freelance
Inna Lazareva is a British freelance multimedia journalist and analyst who, as of June 2016, is based in West Africa.
Previously, she spent almost four years as a Middle East correspondent, covering Israel and Palestine for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times, and contributing to Time magazine, The New Statesman, Standpoint, Al Jazeera, Al Monitor, Monocle, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine and others. In 2012, she reported from Uganda after being selected as a finalist in The Guardian’s International Development journalism competition. She has also written about the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London, and produced and hosted her own radio podcast ‘Out of the Comfort Zone’ on TLV1 radio.
Inna has a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from University College London and speaks five languages.
Katerina Vittozzi | Freelance
Katerina Vittozzi is an award-winning freelance broadcast journalist and videographer.
Since 2013, Katerina has been based in Accra, Ghana. From there, she travels extensively across the continent and has covered some of Africa’s biggest news stories. Katerina’s worked on a wide-range of issues from politics to security, women’s empowerment, the arts, fashion and the environment.
Katerina’s coverage of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic was dubbed “a masterclass in storytelling” by judges in 2015’s One World Media Awards. She won their “New Voice – Young Journalist of the Year” prize. Katerina was also awarded the British government’s Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, in recognition of her extensive media coverage of the outbreak.
Katerina’s video and radio work has been broadcast on the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle, RFI and CCTV Africa, amongst others. She is a graduate in English literature from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Laura-Angela Bagnetto| Radio France Internationale
Laura-Angela Bagnetto has worked as a radio journalist for the English service at Radio France Internationale in Paris since 2008, covering African politics and development. She reported in Rwanda for the 20th commemoration of the genocide, and has covered stories as varied as the presidential elections in Zimbabwe and Tanzania to the drought in Somaliland. She began her career as a human rights reporter for Vatican Radio in Rome, then covered the UN Security Council in New York, reporting on Middle East issues. As a volunteer for International Farm Radio, she mentors African rural farming reporters. A graduate of UCLA in European Social History, she also has a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.