The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award honors women journalists for their extraordinary bravery. In facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. The IWMF also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference.

 

Khadijah Ismayilova reporting for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan.

Bopha Phorn (2013) conducts an interview in Camdbodia.

Mwape Kumwenda (2015) reporting for Muvi Television in Zambia.

Najiba Ayubi (2013) reporting for The Killid Group in Afghanistan.

Najiba Ayubi (2013) reporting for The Killid Group in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

 

Courage in Journalism

Competitive candidates will have a strong commitment to press freedom and be well-respected journalists who have shown a commitment to journalism exemplified by a willingness to continually put their life or their freedom at risk to produce a body of work in the face of government oppression, political pressure, physical danger or other intimidating obstacles.

Before you start the nomination process, please make sure you have assembled the following documents:

  • Description of the conditions under which the candidate works;
  • Description of specific instances where the candidate has faced danger because of her work, such as government oppression, torture, threats to family, defamation or imprisonment;
  • Nomination statement describing why this journalist merits consideration for the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Award. The nomination statement is a very important part of the selection process. Please explain in detail how your candidate meets the qualifications using specific examples to illustrate the candidate’s courage and determination in support of press freedom. Nominators are encouraged to read short biographies of previous award winners.

Examples of the candidates work (additional materials will be requested on a case-by-case basis):

  • For print journalists (including online media): 2-3 articles written by the candidate;
  • For editors or publishers: 2-3 examples of overall work;
  • For TV or radio reporters or producers: audio or video clip which features the candidate or is produced by the candidate (audio tapes can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail on cassettes, CDs or by electronic audio file; video clips can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail in DVD, BETA or NTSC format);
  • For photojournalists: 4-5 photographs taken by the candidate;

Although preferred languages for submissions are English, French, Russian and Spanish, submissions in any language will be considered.

Candidates must currently be full-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country.

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Diane Rehm (2016) interviews President Clinton, becoming the first radio journalist to interview a sitting President in the Oval Office.

Diane Rehm (2016) interviews President Clinton, becoming the first radio journalist to interview a sitting President in the Oval Office.

Actor Ralph Bellamy is interviewed by Associated Press special writer Linda Deutsch (2015) during the "Twilight Zone" trial in Los Angeles, Calif., March 9, 1987. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Actor Ralph Bellamy is interviewed by Associated Press special writer Linda Deutsch (2015) during the “Twilight Zone” trial in Los Angeles, Calif., March 9, 1987. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Zubeida Mustafa (2012) at the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award ceremony in New York City.

Zubeida Mustafa (2012) at the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award ceremony in New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifetime Achievement

Competitive candidates will have a credible and continuing record of supporting women in the media, exhibit a strong commitment to press freedom and be well-respected journalists.

Before you start the nomination process, please make sure you have assembled the following documents:

  • Description of how the nominee has been a pioneer in the field of journalism;
  • Description of how the nominee’s actions have opened doors for women journalists;
  • Description of how the nominee has demonstrated a commitment to press freedom;
  • Nomination statement describing why this journalist merits consideration for the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Please explain in detail how this candidate meets these qualifications using specific examples to illustrate the candidate’s positive impact on women journalists and her dedication to journalism. Your nomination statement is a very important part of this process. Nominators are encouraged to read short biographies of previous award winners.

Examples of the candidates work (additional materials will be requested on a case-by-case basis):

  • For print journalists (including online media): 2-3 articles written by the candidate;
  • For editors or publishers: 2-3 examples of overall work;
  • For TV or radio reporters or producers: audio or video clip which features the candidate or is produced by the candidate (audio tapes can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail on cassettes, CDs or by electronic audio file; video clips can be uploaded electronically or submitted by mail in DVD, BETA or NTSC format);
  • For photojournalists: 4-5 photographs taken by the candidate;

Although preferred languages for submissions are English, French, Russian and Spanish, submissions in any language will be considered.Candidates must currently be full-time or freelance women journalists working in print, broadcast or online media in any country. Retired candidates are accepted.

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