The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) are pleased to provide pro-bono legal advice to women journalists in our programs. The service is open to staff reporters and freelance journalists, who will particularly benefit as they often struggle to understand and negotiate financial and intellectual property rights terms. A guide summarizing customary terms is available here and may answer initial questions.    

To access the service, IWMF-supported journalists must complete this intake form to outline their needs. ISLP will screen requests for cases it considers it can effectively handle and will identify volunteer legal counsel from its extensive and international network of experienced lawyers. The primary focus of this support will be contracts and the journalist’s legal relationships with their employers and publishers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must identify as a woman journalist;
  • Must have participated in past IWMF program(s);
  • Journalism must be a full-time profession.

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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.