This is an application for the United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:

  • Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
  • Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.

Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.

To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received. 

If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email info@iwmf.org

We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 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 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.

If you are requesting assistance related to COVID-19, please apply through our Journalism Relief Fund. The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and French.

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.  Starting from January 2020, the Fund for Women Journalists will accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications take approximately 3 weeks to process.


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. 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.
  • 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. 

If you have questions to the Fund, please email program manager Jin Ding at jding@iwmf.org.

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 to participate in internships with The Boston Globe and The New York Times. 

Due to COVID-19, the 2021-2022 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship may take place in-person or virtually. The IWMF and its partners reserve the right to determine the format of the Fellowship prior to the Fellowship start date.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The Neuffer Fellowship is open to women and non-binary journalists whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues.
  • All applicants for the Neuffer Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience. Applicants may be affiliated or freelance journalists.
  • Journalists from any country around the world are eligible to apply. However, applicants must speak, read, and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.


Accepting Applications:

January 14, 2020 - February 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Questions

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions page for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship before starting your application or contacting the IWMF.

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

En el 2013 establecimos el Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF para periodistas en crisis para proporcionar un apoyo vital en tiempos de apuros o amenaza para mujeres periodistas. Ahora más que nunca, los periodistas de todo el mundo enfrentan peligros reales por sus reportajes.

El Fondo de Emergencia se sostiene con el apoyo de donantes individuales para proporcionar asistencia directa a las periodistas en apuros.

El Fondo de Emergencia de la IWMF brinda a las mujeres periodistas:

  • Pequeñas subvenciones para atención psicológica y médica relacionadas a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista;
  • Tres meses de asistencia para reubicación temporal en casos de crisis o amenazas;
  • Ayuda legal para contrarrestar amenazas de encarcelamiento o censura;
  • Asistencia no financiera en forma de información sobre el acceso a recursos adicionales.

Para solicitar al Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, los candidatos deben cumplir con los siguientes requerimientos:

  • Ser una periodista empleada por un medio o ser una periodista independiente que trabaje en cualquier medio, cuya profesión principal es el periodismo;
  • Trabajar como periodista en tiempo completo durante los últimos seis meses;
  • Solicitar asistencia directamente relacionada a incidentes y amenazas en el trabajo como periodista; 

Para solicitar asistencia del Fondo de emergencia de la IWMF, la postulante debe completar este cuestionario preliminar. Un miembro de la IWMF responderá a su solicitud de manera oportuna para solicitar información adicional. Es importante comprender que comprender qué tomará tiempo para procesar su solicitud y que priorizaremos solicitudes más urgentes. Las solicitudes que no cumplan con los criterios anteriores no serán consideradas.

Les Prix du Courage dans le Journalisme honorent journalistes qui se démarquent par leur bravoure, persistance, et résilience extraordinaire. Ces femmes sont prêtes à faire n'importe quoi pour que la vérité sorte. Elles élèvent le niveau de reportage fait sous la contrainte ou sur la censure.

Le programme des Prix de Courage honore trois journalistes courageuses-incluant les photojournalistes- qui travaillent dans n'importe quel pays du monde. Ces femmes rapportent sur les sujets difficiles, s'immergent dans des environnements hostiles et partagent des vérités difficiles. De plus, les journalistes honorés font preuve d'engagement  en faveur de liberté de la presse et souvent surmontent des conditions injustes pour devenir dirigeants dans leur industrie.

Candidats pour Les Prix du Courage dans le Journalisme doivent être employées à temps plein ou journalistes, écrivaines, rédactrices, photograveures ou productrices indépendantes travaillant dans n'importe quel pays du monde, quelle que soit leur nationalité.

Les auto-candidatures ne sont pas acceptées.


Click here to nominate in English. 

Haga clic aquí para enviar la nominación en español.

The IWMF’s annual Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by exhibiting extraordinary bravery, persistence and resilience. Doing whatever it takes to uncover the truth, these women raise the bar for reporting under duress, or in the face of censorship.

The awards program honors brave journalists – including photojournalists – working in any country across the world. These women report on taboo topics, immerse themselves in hostile environments and share difficult truths. In addition, the honorees demonstrate a commitment to press freedom and often overcome unjust conditions online and offline to become leaders in their industry.

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.

Haga clic aquí para enviar la nominación en español. 

Cliquez ici pour envoyer une candidature en français.

Los Premios de Valentía en el Periodismo de la International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) honran cada año a mujeres periodistas que se distinguen por mostrar valentía, persistencia y resistencia extraordinaria. Haciendo todo lo necesario para descubrir la verdad, estas mujeres establecen un nuevo estándar para el periodismo bajo coacción o frente la censura.

Los Premios honran tres periodistas valientes – incluyendo fotoperiodistas – trabajando en cualquier país del mundo. Estas mujeres cubren temas tabú, se sumergen en situaciones hostiles y comparten verdades difíciles y necesarias. Además, las honradas demuestran un compromiso a la libertad de la prensa y muchas veces deben superar condiciones injustas para convertirse en líderes en su profesión.

Candidatas para los Premios de Valentía en el Periodismo pueden ser periodistas que trabajan para un medio de comunicación o periodistas freelance en cualquier país. Deben trabajar a tiempo completo en el periodismo.

Las auto-nominaciones no son aceptadas. 


Click here to nominate in English. 

Cliquez ici pour envoyer une candidature en français.

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