Ends on August 29, 2017

As part of IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will travel to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) to report on issues related to civic engagement from November 5-18. Reporting fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, where they will complete comprehensive security training and an orientation about the African Great Lakes region. Fellows will then depart for one week of in-country reporting during which 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 the trip theme.

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, lodging, meals, and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Visa costs will also be covered, but fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas.

Journalists accepted to the program assume liability for all risks inherent to reporting from a conflict zone. The IWMF reserves the right to postpone or cancel the CAR reporting trip if the situation on the ground deteriorates and is deemed to dangerous to proceed by our IWMF staff and security advisors. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be a woman journalist with at least three years of professional experience working in news media. Reporters working in 
print, broadcast, or digital media, including freelancers, are eligible. 
  • Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. Journalists must be fluent in French, based on the lack of availability of English speaking fixers and interpreters.
  • Must have experience reporting from a hostile environment, and will preferably have experience reporting from Africa's Great Lakes region. 
  • Must be able to demonstrate support from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
Accepting Applications:

July 25 - August 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

See a complete sample application here

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