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.
Susana Ferreira | Freelance
Susana Ferreira is a freelance writer and radio producer who has reported from throughout the world for major dailies, wires, magazines, television news networks and radio. She was based in the Republic of Haiti from 2010 and 2014, where she filed regularly for Reuters, TIME, CBC Radio, PRI’s The World, and others.
Raised in West End Toronto, Susana earned a BA from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and masters degrees from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and France’s Sciences Po. Susana speaks five languages and is drawn to stories on the foreign development and aid industry, our relationships with faith and charity, addiction and drug policy, the politics of migration, identity, and borders real or imagined.
Grainne Harrington | Freelance
Grainne Harrington is a freelance journalist, currently based in Kampala, Uganda. She works in TV, radio and print. She was previously a field producer and reporter for BBC News in Paris and London, working on assignment for BBC News across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Fellows
Miriam Berger | Freelance
Miriam Berger is a freelance journalist based in the UK and focusing on the Middle East and Africa. She has reported from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Ethiopia, Jordan, Tajikistan, England, and the U.S. Her work touches on themes of media, refugees, labor, food, transportation, and politics.
Berger previously reported full time for BuzzFeed World and is just completing a master’s degree at Oxford University. She has also reported with the Associated Press from Jerusalem as a 2015 Overseas Press Club Foundation Fellow, from Ethiopia as a 2014 International Reporting Project Fellow, and from the United Nations as a 2014 UN Foundation Fellow. She reads and speaks Arabic – including dialects – some Hebrew, and is now studying Persian.
Kait Bolongaro | Freelance
Kait Bolongaro is a freelance journalist with outlets such as Al Jazeera English, BBC, and Deutsche Welle. She is currently based between Canada and France. She is bilingual in English and French. Her areas of focus are society, politics, and environment in Africa, Europe, and Canada. She was previously a multimedia journalist at Deutsche Welle for a year, as well as the English and Politics editor at cafébabel, a magazine for young Europeans, and a journalist at Schema Magazine in Vancouver, Canada.
She has a master’s degree in Journalism with a focus on political communication and a bachelor’s degree in African studies and French. She also has a certificate in advanced photojournalism.
Lou Marillier | Bustle
Lou Marillier is an associate video producer for Bustle, a feminist women’s website based in New York, where she produces short documentaries about a range of stories – from being a cosplayer of color to starting a community of young nuns – and a weekly video series. She focuses on women’s issues, specifically trauma, drug policies, and education. She has studied in France, Russia, and the U.S., and holds a double master’s degree from the Sciences Po Graduate School of Journalism in Paris, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
She co-produced a documentary tackling heroin epidemics in the U.S., by following women recovering from their addiction and struggling to win back custody of their children, in a rehabilitation center in New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Le Monde magazine, RFI, Marianne, Bustle, and BRIC TV.
Sella Oneko | Freelance
Sella Oneko is a freelance journalist working mainly for Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. She works for Deutsche Welle’s Africa and social media programs and has experience in online, radio, TV, and social media. Prior to starting a career in journalism, she worked for the German Development Service in Malawi.
Oneko holds master’s degrees in journalism and anthropology from City University in London and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, respectively. Together with her trainee group at Deutsche Welle, she received the CNN Journalist Online Award 2015 for the multimedia project “My Grandma, the Regime and I” which unveiled the group’s family histories.
Didem Tali | Freelance
Didem Tali is a freelance journalist loosely based out of Istanbul and working in her native Turkey and internationally. She has reported from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with an interest in economic development, environment, gender, food, and culture. Her work has been featured by Al Jazeera, BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian, Irish Times, VICE, and many more.
Tali holds an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics, where she was on a full scholarship awarded by the European Union. In 2013, she was a Johannes Rau Fellow at the Africa Desk of Deutsche Welle in Germany. She was also a two-time winner of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, which recently took her to Malawi and Peru for reporting projects.
Francesca Volpi | Freelance
Francesca Volpi is a freelance Italian photographer based in Rome. She focuses on underreported social issues and conflicts. She’s been covering Ukraine since the beginning of the Revolution movement in Kiev, and the annexation on Crimea by Russia leading up to the war in the Eastern Part of the country.
In 2010, she graduated from the London College of Communication’s journalism department. After three years studying and practicing journalism in newsrooms across the UK, she began to specialize in photojournalism and documentary photography.
Volpi obtained a master’s degree in photojournalism from the Higher Institute of Photography and Integrated Communications (ISFCI) in Rome.
She lived in London, Rome and Paris, reporting from Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Italy, Honduras, the Balkans, Eastern China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico and Egypt.