As part of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, the IWMF will select female journalists to travel to Kigali, Rwanda and Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from November 1 - 17, 2018. While there is not a specific theme for either trip, we encourage participants to prioritize fresh stories that focus on new media narratives from the region. We also encourage applicants to apply in pairs for this trip, however, all applications will be considered.
Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete a hostile environments and first-aid training (HEFAT) from November 1 - 4. Fellows will then depart for ten days of in-country reporting which will be split between Rwanda and the DRC. The group will have access to five days of in-country reporting (November 6 - 10) from the first country, followed by five days of in-country reporting in the second location (November 12 - 16). The IWMF will determine the order of the Rwanda and DRC trips based on story plans of fellows selected. Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report collaboratively with their teammates and peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting. The feasibility of day trips outside the base locations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and determined by IWMF security protocols.
Some of our reporting programs involve travel to high-risk, dangerous, or conflict-afflicted locations. As part of our commitment to the safety, health, and welfare of our program participants and staff, we evaluate the nature and scope of risk on a case-by-case basis. We do so by seeking guidance from key stakeholders including our travel risk management and medical evacuation provider, On Call International, and when appropriate, we consult other sources that may have relevant information, including the CDC, State Department, and Control Risks, for example.
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.
All 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.
- 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.
The IWMF's November 2018 Cross-border Reporting Fellowship is open to female journalists. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria. Those applying in teams must both meet the eligibility criteria and submit a joint application. If selected, teams will be offered group interviews, while individuals will have their own interviews. The IWMF encourages team applications that include African journalists.
For team applicants: To apply, we recommend using a shared email address to create your Submittable account and submit your application. Each applicant must provide their personal information and work samples, in addition to submitting a shared statement of interest, story plans, plans for publication and letter of support. Application notifications sent through Submittable will go to the email address associated with the account.
Accepting applications from July 24, 2018 to August 21, 2018 at 11:59 EDT.
Please note the application deadline above. Do not follow the counter on Submittable.
See a complete sample application here.