The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected 13 journalists from six countries to participate as Fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Seven women journalists will travel to Gulu, in northern Uganda, to report about conservation and sustainable agriculture. Concurrently, a group of six women journalists will cover development and humanitarian issues from South Sudan. [*Due to escalating conflict and deteriorating security conditions in Juba and throughout the country, the IWMF had to postpone our scheduled trip to South Sudan. Instead, three Fellows will travel with the Uganda conservation group to Gulu, where they will cover forced migration and refugee issues from districts on Uganda’s border with South Sudan.] Reporting will take place September 15-27, 2016.
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.
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 builds on the success of earlier IWMF reporting fellowships to Western Sahara and eastern DRC. Since 2014, 91 journalists have covered a wide range of under-reported topics from the Great Lakes region including humanitarian issues, democracy, food security, and development 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 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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Uganda Fellows – Humanitarian Issues
Tendai Marima | Freelance journalistTwitter:@i_amten
Tendai Marima is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa. She splits her time between her native Zimbabwe and South Africa. Her work has been published by Al Jazeera English, the Daily Vox (South Africa), and the Global Observatory, where she contributes opinions on crises and conflicts in the region. She has reported from several countries on the African continent including Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Marima holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and degrees in literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Lorena Rios | Freelance journalistTwitter:@riostlorena
Lorena Rios is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She previously lived in Cairo, Egypt, where she covered the upheavals of a society in flux. In Turkey, she covers the Syrian crisis through the experiences of refugees, and Turkish policy. She is particularly interested in telling women’s stories as they counteract their under-representation in public spaces and the media. Rios speaks English and Spanish, is studying Arabic, and hopes to learn Turkish so she is able to explore Turkey’s rich history and where it stands today, both for its 80 million inhabitants and as part of a volatile region.
Aurélie Kayowa Kalenga | Eyewitness News (EWN)
Aurélie Kayowa Kalenga is a news anchor and reporter at Eyewitness News (EWN) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She focuses on a wide range of themes, from politics to service delivery protests and human rights issues. She has covered news across South Africa, including deadly xenophobic violence as well as the “Fees Must Fall” student protests, which saw police use rubber bullets, stun grenades, and water cannons to disperse protesting students. In 2014 Kalenga reported from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem, focusing on the experiences of both locals and foreigners after the war. Her daily reporting exposes religious discrimination, gender rights violations, and unsafe health services.
Kalenga completed her education at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her post graduate degree in journalism and media studies. In that year she produced a TV documentary called “Living in Transit”, which exposed government’s failure to provide free housing for the poor. She splits her time between her native country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. She is fluent in both English and French.
Paula Bronstein | Freelance photojournalistTwitter: @paulaphoto
Paula Bronstein is a freelance photojournalist represented by Reportage/Getty Images. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, she covers turmoil and conflict throughout the world. Bronstein previously worked at a variety of U.S.-based newspapers including The New Haven Register, The Hartford Courant, and The Chicago Tribune before moving to Asia. From 2002-2013, Bronstein worked for Getty Images as a staff photographer covering news and specializing in stories from Asia. Bronstein’s images have been nominated and recognized for photography contests including Pictures of the Year International and The National Press Photographer’s Association. She was an honorable mention for the 2016 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.
Bronstein earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York; she also attended the University of Colorado.
Karen Coates | Freelance journalistTwitter: @RamblingSpoon
Karen Coates is an independent journalist based in New Mexico who reports primarily in the developing world on issues involving the environment, science, food, health and human rights. She has published four books. Her latest, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian Press, 2013), co-authored with her husband, Jerry Redfern, was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award. Coates is a Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and she was a 2010-11 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. Her reporting has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Slate, Archaeology, Ms., SciDev.Net, The Washington Post online, Columbia Journalism Review, National Geographic Books, and many more. She has received fellowships and honors through the Fund for Environmental Journalism, the MIT Knight Science Journalism Program, the Council for Wisconsin Writers and other groups.
When Coates is not crafting stories, she escapes to the trails (by bike or foot) every chance she gets. She also loves to cook, and was Gourmet magazine’s Asia correspondent for several years. Her food blog is Rambling Spoon.
Uganda Fellows – Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public RadioTwitter: @durrieB
Durrie Bouscaren is a health and science reporter for St. Louis Public Radio and a contributor to National Public Radio’s newsmagazines. She is based in Missouri. In recent years, she has covered protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the toll of gun violence in America, and local efforts to reduce regional health disparities. Previously, Bouscaren worked as a general assignment reporter for Iowa Public Radio and a freelancer for radio station WRVO in northern New York State. Her work has appeared on National Public Radio, various podcasts, and in print for The St. Louis American. Bouscaren has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and international relations from Syracuse University.
Hélène Franchineau | The Associated PressTwitter: @helene_fr
Hélène Franchineau is a French video journalist with The Associated Press based in Beijing, China. She covers social issues, human rights, environment, and politics, in China and Asia. Before joining the AP in 2014, she was based in Hong Kong, where she first worked as a reporter for the South China Morning Post before joining the paper’s new online team a year later as its first video journalist. In 2013 Franchineau became a freelance multimedia journalist, filming mostly for the BBC out of Hong Kong, as well as for The New York Times and the Guardian. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Bordeaux University and a dual master’s degree in journalism from Sciences Po in Paris and from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
Franchineau speaks French, English, Mandarin Chinese, and a bit of Cantonese. She is currently learning Arabic. In her spare time, she enjoys running and boxing.
Jennifer Huxta | Freelance photojournalistTwitter: @jenniferhuxta
Jennifer Huxta is a freelance photojournalist based in California. She was based in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2011-2015, where she covered the recent crisis in Burundi, Pope Francis’s visit to Kenya, and Kenyan elections for Agence France-Presse (AFP). She has completed humanitarian photography assignments for NGOs and foundations throughout east, west, and central Africa, focusing on women’s health, climate change, and youth unemployment. Her editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Le Journal du Dimanche, the Guardian, and the BBC. Last year, she was certified in combat medical first aid by RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues). At A River Blue in Northern Uganda, she created a photo mural with young adults displaced by the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict.
Giuliana Miranda | Freelance journalistTwitter: @giumiranda
Giuliana Miranda is freelance multimedia journalist based in Lisbon, Portugal, where she most often works with Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. She has reported for Latin American outlets from Qatar, India, Antarctica, Colombia, Chile, the United States, Canada, Poland, and Germany, and from different regions in her native Brazil. She has focused on a wide rage of topics including health, climate change, science, immigration, and politics. Miranda holds a master’s degree in science communication from Campinas State University, and another master’s in political science and international affairs from Portugese Catholic University.
Sally Nyakanyanga | Freelance journalistTwitter: @nyangasally
Sally Nyakanyanga is an independent journalist based in Zimbabwe whose work has focused on gender equality, human rights, development/humanitarian stories, and bilateral trade between Malawi, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. She has written for Irin News, Africa Renewal, Scidev.net, ChinAfrica magazine, and the Mail and Guardian “Voice of Africa” online publication. Nyakanyanga is an accomplished media trainer; she has taught feature writing, international relations and public relations at a local journalism school in Zimbabwe. During her work at the journalism school, she engineered the formation of a gender forum targeted at female journalism students in order to equip them to become leaders in the media industry.
Nyakanyanga has a degree in media and society studies from Midlands State University, where she is currently pursuing a master’s in development studies. She also has a diploma in journalism and communications from Christian College of Southern Africa.