Opportunies For English Speakers

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Reporting Trip to South Sudan & Tanzania for Female Journalists (Fully Funded)

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Reporting Trip to South Sudan & Tanzania for Female Journalists (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 12 2016

IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative | May 2016 REPORTING TRIPS TO SOUTH SUDAN AND TANZANIA

REPORTING TRIP DATES: May 1-14, 2016
The IWMF is pleased to announce its first ever-reporting trip to South Sudan and second reporting trip to Tanzania.

Six women journalists will report on development and humanitarian issues in South Sudan. Concurrently, another group of six journalists will cover stories related to conservation in Tanzania. Both trips will take place May 1-14, 2016. All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus countries.

These opportunities are part of the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, created in 2014 and designed to support women journalists committed to pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region.

To date, 49 journalists have participated in this initiative and have covered a wide range of under-reported topics including civil society, democracy and governance, food security, and conservation. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world.

Over the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic (CAR), 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 region full of promise.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Applicants must be affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least 3 years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.
  • All nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Fellows must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Benefits:

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND EXPENSES:

  • The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows.
  • The IWMF also covers fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs.
  • Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.

The Reporting Trip

Reporting  trips  include  time  for  journalists  to  pursue  their  own  stories,  as  well  as  group   meetings  and  activities  related  to  the  reporting  theme.  Fellows  can  expect  to  meet  with  key  sources  related  to  their  reporting such  as  government  officials,  local  journalists,  and  members  of  the  NGO  community.  IWMF  staff  will  coordinate  with  fellows  prior  to  trips  to  gather  interview  requests  and other  reporting  needs.
  • All Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region and focus countries.
  • Fellows then depart for about one week of in-country independent reporting from South Sudan or Tanzania, where they will have the opportunity to network with local journalists, collaborate with international peers, and meet with sources and discover sites relevant to their reporting.

ONLINE APPLICATION:
The IWMF will accept online applications from January 12 – February 12, 2016.
South Sudan reporting trip: apply here
Tanzania reporting trip: apply here

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative Reporting Trip to South Sudan and Tanzania

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