This year, the Kim Wall Memorial Fund will provide a $5,000 grant to a journalist whose work embodies the spirit of Kim’s reporting. The grant will fund a woman reporter covering subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call “the undercurrents of rebellion.” Kim wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life, and the Kim Wall Memorial Fund honors this legacy.

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Affiliated or freelance women-identifying or non-binary journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working in news media from anywhere in the world. Internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • 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.
  • Grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, insurance, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators.

The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.

The IWMF accepts applications once a year. Please keep this is mind when creating proposed project timelines. Due to the large influx of applications, the IWMF cannot answer questions by phone nor can we consider time-sensitive proposals. Please refer to the application closing date for each application cycle and expect grants to be disseminated 6 – 10 weeks following the application close.

The IWMF is accepting applications from November 12 to December 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST via Submittable. Applicants may apply concurrently for Adelanté’s El Salvador Reporting Fellowship and the Mexico-Guatemala Cross-Border Reporting Fellowship.

In 2013 we established the IWMF Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.

The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women-identifying journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

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.    

The International Women's Media Foundation will offer a series of security trainings for women journalists on the political beat in the lead-up to U.S. elections, with the first course of 2020 scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 9-12. The IWMF is committed to helping journalists report more safely in an increasingly declining climate for press freedom, with threats to American reporters proliferating both online and offline.

The four-day Hostile Environments and First Aid Training, offered with RPS Partnership, is designed for U.S.-based, women-identifying journalists with at least one year of full-time professional journalism experience. A special emphasis will be placed on how to safely cover elections. Student journalists may also apply to this course with a letter of support from an editor. The course will be specifically tailored to the safety concerns of political reporters in the U.S.

The IWMF will select 16 journalists to participate, prioritizing reporters who have not received prior security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds, and journalists who report on politics. In addition, we will prioritize applications from North Carolina and surrounding states, although political reporters across the U.S. are invited to apply. The IWMF will cover all costs and arrange travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.

We will accept applications through February 15, 2020 via Submittable.

The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

This training is made possible by the CBS Corporation.

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