The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our 2016 Fund for Women Journalists and portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2016 we plan to award more than $300,000 in small grants in addition to fellowships in East Africa and Latin America.

You can support the IWMF’s mission by volunteering to help us select potential fellows, grantees and award winners from your own home or office for just a few hours per month. All you need is an Internet connection and a passion for supporting the next generation of media leaders. 

Ideal reviewers are journalists, academics, and/or professionals with an interest in supporting gender equity in the news media. Reviewers will be responsible for evaluating applications based on set guidelines and will review batches of approximately 30 applications per cycle on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are seeking reviewers for the IWMF’s portfolio of programs including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante.    

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit organization, is hiring a communications coordinator.

For 27 years, the IWMF has been dedicated to unleashing the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. Our vision is a world where women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media.  We provide female journalists with a wide range of training, grants, fellowships and reporting trips to enhance their abilities to be leaders in the news media, and also operate several prominent awards programs.

The communications coordinator will help execute IWMF communications initiatives and serve as a key member of the communications team, with a focus on digital outreach. The communications team is responsible for promoting the IWMF mission and amplifying awareness of IWMF programs and priorities. The team manages several integrated communications products and services including: writing, messaging, earned media/press, website, social media, digital assets such as photos and video, publications, events, and marketing. In addition to working collaboratively across all departments, the communications team manages several outside vendors and contracts. The person in this role will be the lead for managing updates to the IWMF’s website (including an upcoming redesign), managing all social media properties, authoring and disseminating electronic newsletters, supporting outreach around in-person programmatic and fundraising efforts, and other communications efforts, as needed.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g., communications, media development, international relations, public affairs, event planning, etc.)

Experience: One (1) to three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in a nonprofit communications role or journalism experience required; international development experience is preferred.

Skills:

·       Highly adept at using digital tools, managing websites and social media properties, especially Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

·       Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities, members of the media, board members, volunteers, peers, foundation constituents, donors and consultants.

·       Strong writing and copy editing skills (examples of types of writing required include website content, social media posts and press releases).

·       Comfort and excitement around supporting fundraising events that highlight the work of the journalists the IWMF supports around the world.

·       Motivation to learn and work in an entrepreneurial environment.

·       Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.

·       Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.

·       Demonstrated interest in international affairs and/or journalism.

·       Foreign language skills in French or Spanish is a plus. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The IWMF Communications Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Communications Director to:

·       Promote IWMF mission and opportunities through public relations initiatives.

·       Create and deliver press releases, web, and social media content.

·       Advise on strategic messaging and long-term planning.

·       Conceive and create marketing and promotional materials, both print and electronic.

·       Copyedit, proofread, and revise communications as needed.

·       Recommend, implement and help maintain website design and operation.

·       Manage the IWMF’s social media channels.

·       Available to travel to document and support IWMF initiatives.

·       Manage and maintain archival information and multimedia assets.

·       Research media industry trends. Develop fresh story ideas.

·       Conduct extensive media outreach. Coordinate press interviews and field media inquiries for grantees and IWMF staff.

·       Support other IWMF events and initiatives as appropriate.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) works to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that female journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media.

The IWMF seeks a Director of Development to plan and implement a fundraising strategy to support its activities ($3M Annual Budget), which currently consist of reporting trips to Africa and Latin America, several grants and fellowships for female reporters, as well as our Courage in Journalism and Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards. The Director of Development will play a key role in the leadership of the organization and will report to the IWMF’s Executive Director.  S/he will manage all aspects of the IWMF’s fundraising activities with the support of a fundraising manager.  S/he will work closely with the ED to both maximize and cultivate the giving of our existing donor base, and also to help identify and solicit new donors who can enable the expansion of the IWMF’s programmatic activities. 

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will travel to Rwanda to report on civic engagement from February 20 - 28, 2017. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation from February 17 - 19. Fellows then depart for a week of reporting based in Kigali where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.

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, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship. 

 Please note the trip to Rwanda will be based in Kigali. Story pitches should focus on those locations. The feasibility of day trips outside Kigali will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria
 
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.

Accepting Applications:

November 14 - December 6, 2016

See a complete sample application here

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will travel to Tanzania to report on rural and economic development from February 20 - 28, 2017. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation from February 17 - 19. Fellows then depart for a week of reporting based in Mwanza, northern Tanzania where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.

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, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship. 

Please note the trip to northern Tanzania will be based in Mwanza. Story pitches should focus on those locations. The feasibility of day trips outside Mwanza will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria
 
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
Accepting Applications:

November 14 - December 6, 2016

See a complete sample application here