Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. 

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

Funding rounds will open for applications two times each year; applications take approximately 8 weeks to process. Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.


The first round of funding for 2018 will be open for online applications from January 23, 2018 - March 9, 2018 11:59 pm EST.

The fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so

Eligibility

  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application.

All application materials are due via the online system before March 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Letters of support or recommendation will not be accepted with the initial submission.

The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2017 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 and grantees with just a few hours each 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 programs including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women's Stories, the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante.    

Ends on March 16, 2018

The Courage in Journalism Awards show people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. Each year it honors three brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths. These women demonstrate a commitment to press freedom and extraordinary strength of character, overcoming unjust conditions to become leaders in their industry. So far, we have honored more than 100 groundbreaking journalists in 56 countries.

Candidates for the Courage in Journalism Awards must be full-time staff or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers, or producers working in any country and of any nationality.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

الشجاعة في الاعلام النساء الصحافيات لن يتنحوا عن اداء دورهم ولن يتمكن احدا من اسكاتهم وعلى الجميع ان يقدر مواجهتهم للمصاعب.

كل سنة تكرم ثلاثة صحافيات لجراتهم في تغطية مواضيع حساسة والتعبير بحرية في اجواء صعبة وعداءية. 

هذه النساء تلتزم بمبدا حرية الصحافة وتلتزم وتتمتع بقوة الشخصية وتتخطى ظروف قاهرة لتصبح راءدات في حقلهم.

لتاريخه قامت جمعيتنا بتكريم ماية صحافية من ستة وخمسون دولة. 

على المتسابقات لهذه الجاءزة ان تكون تعمل في مجال الصحافة او الانتاج او التصوير بصفة شخصية او من خلال موءسسة في اي بلد او من اي جنسية كانت.التعيينات الشخصية غير مقبولة.

تلتزممنظمة الالمنظمة المساواة في التعاطي مع المشتركين وتطلب منكم التعريف عن انفسكم وانتم لستم مضطرين للاجابة على هذا القسم كما ان ذللك لن يكون لهنتيخة سلبية على دراسة طلبكم هذا

Премии "Мужество в журналистике" показывают людям, что женщины-журналисты не собираются отступать, не могут замолчать и заслуживают признания за ихнию силу перед невзгодами. Каждый год, награждены три храбрые журналистки, которые сообщают о запретных темах, работают в среде враждебной женщинам и делятся горькой правдой. 

Эти женщины демонстрируют приверженность свободе прессы и необычайную силу характера, преодолевая несправедливые условия, чтобы стать лидерами в своей среде. До сегодняшнего дня, мы наградили более 100 новаторских журналисток в 56-ти странах.

Кандидаты на награды за "Мужество в Журналистике" должны работать на полной ставке или внештатными женщинами-репортерами, писателями, редакторами, фотографами или продюсерами работающими в любой стране и любой национальности.

Самовыдвижения не принимаются.

The IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a pioneer in news media whose accomplishments have opened doors for other women journalists. 

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. 

Retired candidates are accepted. Self-nominations are not accepted.
El Premio a la Trayectoria es un reconocimiento a los precursores en los medios noticiosos que hayan abierto las puertas a las mujeres que trabajan en este campo. 

Los candidatos deben contar con una historia creíble y continua de apoyo a las mujeres en los medios y deben haber mostrado un firme compromiso con la libertad de prensa además de ser periodistas respetados. 

Se aceptan las candidaturas de periodistas jubilados. No se aceptan auto-nominaciones.

Los Premios a la Valentía en el Periodismo demuestran que las mujeres periodistas no se harán a un lado, no pueden ser silenciadas y merecen ser reconocidas por su fortaleza enfrente a la adversidad. Cada año se celebra a tres mujeres que han reportado en entornos hostiles y que comparten verdades difíciles. Estas mujeres demuestran un compromiso a la libertad de presa, y una extraordinaria fuerza de carácter, superando condiciones injustas para convertirse en líderes en su industria. Hasta el momento, hemos honrado a más de 100 periodistas en 56 países.

Las candidatas deben ser periodistas en funciones, a tiempo completo o ‘free-lance’ que trabajen para medios impresos, electrónicos o en línea, de cualquier país. 

No serán consideradas para este galardón las candidatas empleadas por organizaciones cuyo fin último no sea el periodismo.

No se aceptan auto-nominaciones.
Le Prix d’excellence pour le couronnement d’une carrière rend hommage à une pionnière des médias de l’actualité ayant ouvert des portes aux femmes dans ce secteur. 

Les candidates en lice doivent avoir démontré de manière crédible et continue leur appui aux femmes dans les médias, témoigner d’un robuste engagement à la liberté de la presse et être des journalistes hautement respectées. 

Les candidatures de personnes à la retraite seront acceptées. 

Les candidatures personnelles ne sont pas acceptées.
Chaque année, les Prix du Courage dans le Journalisme honorent trois journalistes qui ont fait preuve de force de caractère à travers leur persévérance à exécuter leur profession. Ces journalistes travaillent dans des circonstances difficiles et dangereuses, telles que l’oppression par les gouvernements, les menaces à leur sécurité ou d’autres formes d’intimidation. 

Les candidates doivent être des journalistes travaillant actuellement à plein temps ou comme journalistes indépendantes, pour la presse écrite, la radio ou la télévision, ou les médias numériques, basées dans n’importe quel pays et étant de n’importe quelle nationalité.

Les auto-candidatures ne sont pas acceptées.
Чтобы стать претендентом на данную награду, кандидаты должны продемонстрировать чрезвычайную силу характера, а также смелость и упорство в подаче новостей. 
Подходящий кандидат должен настойчиво выступать за свободу печати, а также пользоваться уважением как авторитетная журналистка. Выражение своей целенаправленности и убежденности в своей работе - это готовность постоянно рисковать собственной жизнью или свободой, выполняя свою работу, несмотря на государственные репрессии, политическое давление, физическую опасность или иные опасные обстоятельства. 

Кандидаты должны быть женщинами и в настоящее время  работать штатными или нештатными (свободными) сотрудниками СМИ в любой стране, в печатных, эфирных или Интернет-СМИ. Кандидаты, работающие в организациях, главной целью которых является не журналистика, не рассматриваются для присуждения данной награды. 
Пожизненная награда за достижения в журналистике присуждается первопроходцам в СМИ, которые открыли двери для женщин в данной сфере деятельности. Чтобы иметь шансы на присуждение награды, кандидаты должны обладать достоверным и непрерывным "послужным списком" поддержки женщин, работающих в СМИ, демонстрировать прочную приверженность свободе прессы, быть уважаемыми журналистами.

Кандидаты должны быть женщинами и в настоящее время  работать штатными или нештатными (свободными) сотрудниками СМИ в любой стране, в печатных, эфирных или Интернет-СМИ. 

Будут рассматриваться, в том числе, и кандидатуры ушедших на покой лиц.

ACOS (A Culture of Safety) Alliance Security Training 

The ACOS Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of news organizations, freelance journalist associations and press freedom organizations working together to champion safe and responsible journalistic practices for freelance and local journalists worldwide. The Alliance facilitates collaborative initiatives to improve the safety of journalists exposed to danger.

Over the last year, ACOS has brought together news organizations and NGOs around joined safety training activities, helping more than 150 freelance and local journalists to gain access to safety training. This Standard Application Form aims at building a database of freelance journalists in need of safety training. The form helps us to reach out to individual freelancers when relevant opportunities for safety training arise, and to coordinate a response to current needs in partnership with news organizations and NGOs.

Please note the data collected through this form will be stored securely and the information will be accessible to relevant ACOS partners. Some of these partners have their own internal application procedures and in order to benefit from their financial support you may have to go though their internal application procedures. Completing this form does not guarantee a bursary. 

If you have any queries, please contact elisabet@acosalliance.org.

Ends on March 6, 2018

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists committed to human rights and social justice reporting. During this fellowship, the selected journalist will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media are eligible. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are eligible.
  • Non-native English speakers must be proficient in English in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.

Accepting Applications: 

February 6 - March, 6 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time

For any inquiries related to the 2018 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, please contact Claudia Gonzalez at cgonzalez@iwmf.org.

En el marco de la iniciativa Adelante para incrementar la cobertura de la prensa de América Latina, un grupo de periodistas mujeres viajarán a la frontera entre los EE.UU. y México para reportar sobre el Comercio y su Impacto Humano del 14 al 29 de junio de 2018. Las periodistas becadas comenzarán su viaje en Ciudad de México, México, donde participarán de una orientación y un taller de seguridad integral del 14 al 18 de junio de 2018. Después del taller, las becarias reportarán desde Laredo Eagle Pass, Tejas con la oportunidad para viajes limitados a través de la frontera. Durante el viaje, las becarias tendrán la oportunidad de trabajar en colaboración con otros periodistas, reportar de manera independiente y en conjunto con sus colegas y acceder a diferentes fuentes y sitios relacionados con el tema del viaje. 

La IWMF organiza el viaje y la logística en el país para todas las becarias. La IWMF también cubre los costos relacionados con la beca en el marco del viaje periodístico, entre otros, viaje, alojamiento, comidas y asistentes/intérpretes, salvo que el medio de prensa de algún periodista en particular desee asumir estos costos. Los costos de las visas también estarán cubiertos pero las becarias que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos son responsables de realizar los trámites para obtener las visas necesarias.

La posibilidad de viajes afuera de la localización central se determinará de acuerdo con los protocolos de seguridad de la IWMF y será analizado caso a caso. 

Criterios de elegibilidad

El viaje periodístico está abierto a individuos y  a equipos de dos (2) periodistas mujeres. Ambas candidatas deben satisfacer los criterios de elegibilidad y entregar una solicitud conjunta. Para postularse, las miembros del equipo deben presentar solicitudes individuales e indicar sus planes para trabajar juntas.

 Las candidatas deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Mujeres periodistas en medios o freelancers con por lo menos tres años de experiencia profesional de trabajo en medios informativos. 
  • Mujeres periodistas de todas las nacionalidades son eligibles.
  • Periodistas que no son hablantes nativos de inglés deben un buen nivel de ingles hablado para poder aprovechar del programa.
  • Las postulantes deberán poder demostrar que cuentan con el apoyo del director de un medio o tener una reconocida trayectoria de publicación en medios importantes.

Aceptación de solicitudes

20 de febrero de 2018 – 26 de marzo de 2018 a las 11:59 PM EST (Américas/Nueva York)

Por favor vea un ejemplo de una solicitud seleccionada aquí

As part of Adelante, IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, a group of women journalists will travel to the U.S./Mexico border to report on Trade and its Human Impact from June 19 - 29, 2018. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete an orientation and comprehensive security training from June 14 - 18, 2018. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting based in Laredo and Eagle Pass, Texas with the opportunity for limited travel across the border. Fellows 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. 

The feasibility of day trips outside the base location will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria
 
The reporting fellowship is open to individuals and/or teams of two (2) journalists. Both journalists must meet the eligibility criteria. Team members should submit individual applications and indicate their plans to work together.

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:

February 20 - March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time

See a complete sample application here.

As part of Adelante, IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative, a group of women journalists will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador to report on Rural Security and Development from June 19 - 29, 2018. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, Mexico, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation from June 14 - 18, 2018. Fellows will then depart for nine days of reporting based in San Salvador, El Salvador 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. 

The feasibility of day trips outside the base location will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria
 
The reporting fellowship is open to individuals and to teams of two (2) journalists. Both journalists must meet the eligibility criteria. Team members should submit individual applications and indicate their plans to work together.

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:

February 20 - March 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time

See a complete sample application here.

La Fundación Internacional para las Mujeres en los Medios (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés) en cooperación con la Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa ofrece una oportunidad única a periodistas profesionales colombianos que desean fortalecer sus habilidades físicas, digitales y emocionales para mejorar su seguridad y técnicas de supervivencia.

En 2015, la IWMF lanzó Adelante para aportar periodistas que reportan en y sobre América Latina. Como parte de esta iniciativa, la IWMF organizará un taller de Capacitación sobre Ambientes Hostiles y Primeros Auxilios (HEFAT, por sus siglas en inglés) que se realizará del 20 a 22 de abril cerca de Bogotá.

La IWMF cubrirá los costos de transporte, alojamiento y comidas durante el taller.

Criterio de elegibilidad:

Los candidatos deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Mujeres periodistas en medios o freelancers con por lo menos tres años de experiencia profesional de trabajo en medios informativos. 
  • Periodistas colombianos o de otras las nacionalidades que residen en Colombia son eligibles.

Para ser elegible, los candidatos deben rellenar y enviar una solicitud completa, incluyendo una declaración de interés, su CV o currículo actual y dos referencias profesionales con datos de contacto. 

Los candidatos deben estar completamente preparados para participar en todos los aspectos del taller, incluyendo intensa actividad física y simulaciones de primeros auxilios y situaciones de riesgo a periodistas. Los asistentes que completen el taller exitosamente recibirán un certificado. Los asistentes que no se encuentren motivados o participativos serán removidos del taller. 

La IWMF aceptará aplicaciones hasta el 28 de febrero 2018.

En el marco de la iniciativa Adelante  para incrementar la cobertura de la prensa de América Latina, un grupo de periodistas mujeres viajarán a San Salvador, El Salvador para reportar sobre el Desarrollo y Seguridad Rural del 14 al 29 de junio de 2018. Las periodistas becadas comenzarán su viaje en Ciudad de México, México, donde participarán de una orientación y un taller de seguridad integral del 14 al 18 de junio de 2018. Después del taller, las becarias reportarán desde San Salvador, El Salvador. Durante el viaje, las becarias tendrán la oportunidad de trabajar en colaboración con otros periodistas, reportar de manera independiente y en conjunto con sus colegas y acceder a diferentes fuentes y sitios relacionados con el tema del viaje. 

La IWMF organiza el viaje y la logística en el país para todas las becarias. La IWMF también cubre los costos relacionados con la beca en el marco del viaje periodístico, entre otros, viaje, alojamiento, comidas y asistentes/intérpretes, salvo que el medio de prensa de algún periodista en particular desee asumir estos costos. Los costos de las visas también estarán cubiertos pero las becarias que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos son responsables de realizar los trámites para obtener las visas necesarias.

La posibilidad de viajes afuera de la localización central se determinará de acuerdo con los protocolos de seguridad de la IWMF y será analizado caso a caso. 

Criterios de elegibilidad

El viaje periodístico está abierto a individuos y a equipos de dos (2) periodistas mujeres. Ambas candidatas deben satisfacer los criterios de elegibilidad. Para postularse, las miembros del equipo deben enviar solicitudes individuales e indicar sus planes para trabajar juntas.

Las candidatas deben satisfacer los siguientes criterios para calificar:

  • Mujeres periodistas en medios o freelancers con por lo menos tres años de experiencia profesional de trabajo en medios informativos. 
  • Mujeres periodistas de todas las nacionalidades son eligibles.
  • Periodistas que no son hablantes nativos de inglés deben un buen nivel de ingles hablado para poder aprovechar del programa.
  • Las postulantes deberán poder demostrar que cuentan con el apoyo del director de un medio o tener una reconocida trayectoria de publicación en medios importantes.

Aceptación de solicitudes

20 de febrero de 2018 – 26 de marzo de 2018 a las 11:59 PM EST (Américas/Nueva York)

Por favor vea un ejemplo de una solicitud seleccionada aquí

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, female journalists will report in and around Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo on the theme of civic engagement. The trip will take place from May 23 until June 8, which includes travel dates.  All fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from May 24 to May 27. Fellows will depart for 10 days of in-country reporting and begin reporting from May 28 to June 8, where they will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant 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 this trip will be based in Kinshasa, DRC. Applicants must pitch stories that can be reported in and around this location. The feasibility of day trips outside Kinshasa will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in the country.  The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by the IWMF security protocols.  

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•   Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.

•   Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

•   Non-native English speakers must be proficient in English 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 (a letter from an editor is strongly preferred).

Accepting Applications:

January 22, 2018 - February 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST 


Have questions about the application process?  Want to hear from IWMF fellows about their experiences on the ground?  Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs).  Also check out our most recent African Great Lakes Fellowship Twitter chat and a sample application.

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, female journalists will report in and around Kigali, Rwanda on the theme of agriculture and climate change. The trip will take place from May 23 until June 8, which includes travel dates.  All fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a comprehensive security training and an orientation about the Great Lakes Region and the reporting trip locations from May 24 to May 27. Fellows will depart for 10 days of in-country reporting and begin reporting from May 28 to June 8, where they will have the opportunity to network with in-country journalists, collaborate with international peers, and access a wide range of sources and sites relevant 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 this trip will be based in Kigali, Rwanda. Applicants must pitch stories that can be reported in and around this location. The feasibility of day trips outside Kigali will be determined by IWMF security protocols and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The IWMF reserves the right to change reporting locations based on the real-time security situation in the country.  The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by the IWMF security protocols.  

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•   Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media. Internships do not count toward professional experience.

•   Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

•   Non-native English speakers must be proficient in English 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 (a letter from an editor is strongly preferred).

Accepting Applications:

January 22, 2018 - February 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST 


Have questions about the application process?  Want to hear from IWMF Fellows about their experiences on the ground?  Before submitting an application, journalists are encouraged to review the application criteria and frequently asked questions (FAQs).  Also check out our most recent African Great Lakes Fellowship Twitter chat and a sample application.