The IWMF’s Underreported Stories Grants is a new funding
initiative to support journalism produced by women journalists on underreported
issues around the world. This round of funding will support journalism covering
the issue of forced labor in the U.S. agriculture sector in Texas.
Labor trafficking remains a hidden side of human trafficking,
receiving little to no attention in U.S. media. Media coverage of the issue is
sorely needed to do two things: provide education at the local and regional
level within two target regions in Texas, generally South Texas (including the
Rio Grande Valley) and Northwest Texas (including the Panhandle, the South
Plains and a portion of West Texas), reaching communities directly affected and
law makers with the power to change the status quo; and better understand the
scope, and nuance, of forced labor in the agriculture industry in Texas.
This project seeks address the need for reporting and increased
media coverage of forced labor issues by providing opportunities for women
journalists to produce investigative reporting projects that touch on a wide
variety of themes related to forced labor that not only humanizes the issue of
forced labor, but also enable readers to appreciate the reality of the systems
and policies that contribute to its perpetuation.
- Grants will average
$10,000 - $15,000 USD.
- Grants will be
awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground
transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for
- Applications will
be accepted from both small teams and individuals.
projects will be prioritized.
- Secured support
from editor will make a strong application.
- All applications
must be filled out online via the IWMF’s online application system, Submittable.
- Women 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.
- 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.