Awards programs are needed opportunities

Journalists overcome incredible risks to bring us the truth. Women journalists show uncommon bravery when they report in conflict zones and areas where women’s rights are poor or nonexistent, and when they are trailblazers, as many frequently are. Women reporters also show a passion for digging deeper and uncovering the stories of people who are affected by war and disaster.

IWMF’s Awards celebrate women journalists who persist in the face of danger, expose corruption and more. Our Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards have been doing so since 1989; recent winners include Al Jazeera Arabic’s Hadeel al-Yamani and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. We launched the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards following the death of the revered AP reporter in Afghanistan in 2014 and have recognized talented photojournalists such as Adriane Ohanesian and Andrea Bruce — standouts in a profession dominated by men. IWMF’s newest award, the Gwen Ifill Award, was given to inaugural winner Michelle Norris in 2017 for her dedication to promoting diversity in the newsroom.

Women journalists are often pioneers in their fields, and yet are a humble bunch. Sharing their stories is a critical element in shifting the gender balance in our industry — and ensuring that critical stories of humanity are reaching audiences around the world.