Women’s Leadership


If news content is the final outcome of a series of steps involving the participation of a number of individuals, what then is the role of women in determining and shaping the news agenda? Who decides how many stories are by women and feature women as pivotal subjects in news operations? The IWMF provides women journalists the  training necessary to become decision-makers within their news organizations. IWMF Leadership programs provide women journalists the opportunity to learn first-hand from leaders in the field.


“I have been in the position where I held a leadership position but did not get the full support of other women. This jealousy stems from the absence of opportunities. The more women are allowed in leadership positions, the more they will be able to support each other.”

– Edna Machirori, Zimbabwe’s first female newspaper editor
  • Lisa KassenaarFeatured: Bloomberg’s Women Behind the NewsIn 2011, Bloomberg News founder Matt Winkler began a project to better reflect the role of women in the global economy. About 2,300 Bloomberg journalists are taking part — adding women’s voices to their stories, meeting influential women on their beats and understanding women as consumers, executives and voters.
    Bloomberg News also is focused on its female leadership, supporting paths to management for reporters and editors in more than 70 countries.

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  • Candy CrowleyFeatured: U.S. Presidential Election Coverage34% of the current cabinet of the United States is made up of women, 30% of the justices serving on the U.S. Supreme Court are female, and women hold 16.8% of the seats in the U.S. Congress. Yet the “fourth branch of government”, the media, has not included a woman as a moderator in a televised presidential debate since 1992.
    Finally, this blatant gender gap is about to close. The 2012 presidential debates will feature a female moderator for the second time in U.S. history and first time in 20 years.

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  • Remembering Gwen IfillThe International Women’s Media Foundation joins the nation and the world in mourning the passing of legendary journalist Gwen Ifill. She was among the most respected journalists of our time, and a trailblazer who epitomized our goal of ensuring a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives in the news media. She passed away too early, …

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  • JinaMoore-thn Jina Moore | BuzzFeed’s International Women’s Rights CorrespondentAugust 18, 2014 – When BuzzFeed, an online platform providing breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video to a global audience of more than 150 million, launched its World section in 2013, Foreign Editor Miriam Elder and her colleagues sought new ways to present international news. They wanted to move beyond regional beats, with a …

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  • Hasnie-thn Aishah Hasnie | Anchor and Reporter at FOX59-WXIN, Indianapolisby Tania Hussain. Aishah Hasnie, anchor and reporter of FOX59 Indianapolis talks about her passions, experiences and challenges as a journalist, commenting on the similarities and differences in news reporting in the West and the East. Interning at the age of 18 with major network affiliates in Illinois and Indiana, Hasnie interned for GEO-TV in …

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  • The New Day Gallery Kate Bolduan, CNN | Youngest Morning Show Host in U.S. Television Historyby Tania Hussain October 15, 2013 — She proved her staying power and candor covering activities as a congressional correspondent of the U.S House and Senate for CNN and just this past summer became the youngest morning show host in U.S. television history. As of late, the journalistic integrity and strength behind her amiable demeanor …

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  • EdnaMachirori-thn Edna Machirori | 2013 Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Daily News, Zimbabwe. ‘Courage, resilience and success’: Lifetime Achievement Award winner bolsters women’s voices in Zimbabwean media. Edna Machirori is always thinking of how to help female journalists in Zimbabwe. A 50-year veteran of the profession, she certainly knows the challenges these women face in addition to reporting the news – a hostile media …

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